Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
If you happened to leave Capital One Arena early on Sunday evening thinking the Hoyas were going to lose to American for the second straight season, well, the 10-point lead by the Eagles evaporated and the Hoyas came back strong in the overtime to pull out the 88-83 victory.
Jayden Epps may have had his biggest game on the early season with 31 points, many of which came late in the second half.
Epps shot 11 for 22 (6 for 13 from 3-point range) and 3 of 3 from the free throw line for the Hoyas (3-2). Dontrez Styles scored 22 points while shooting 8 for 18 (1 for 6 from 3-point range) and 5 of 6 from the free throw line and added 11 rebounds. Brumbaugh shot 4 for 9 (1 for 5 from 3-point range) and 4 of 5 from the free throw line to finish with 13 points, while adding three steals.
The Hoyas were 6-for-6 from the free throw line in overtime and Rowan Brumbaugh scored the final four points in the final 1:04 to put the game away.
” The effort tonight shows how hard these guys want to win. American is a very well coached team and they forced us into quite a few mistakes early in the second half. When you have a ten-point lead late into the game like they did, usually you don’t end up on the right side of the win column. Luckily for us, we had a second lifeline in overtime, said Hoyas Head Coach Ed Cooley.
Georgetown will get a few days off for the thanksgiving week and be back at it next Saturday at home against Jackson State.