|New York , NY–
After a strong offensive night against the West Virginia Mountaineers, the Hoyas came out in the Big East Tournament Championship game a little flat tonight against an upbeat Pittsburgh Panthers team who wanted this game from the first few minutes they stepped onto the court at Madison Square Garden and the result was they were sent home with a, 74-65 loss.
Roy Hibbert led the way for the Hoyas with 17 points, who tonight were trying to sweep the regular-season and tournament titles for a second straight season.
The Hoyas who have had a balanced scoring act all tournament long just could not get any production from their bench who scored just 9 points with Patrick Ewing Jr. leading the normally productive bench with 8 of those 9 points.
Pittsburgh used a balanced scoring effort and all but one of their starters, Keith Benjamin (4 points 6 rebounds) were in double figures led by Ronald Ramon’s 17 points on a 4 for 7 effort from the field.
Georgetown hung tough late in the second half and had the game within reach at 62-57 with 1:49 remaining after Ewing made a free throw.
Hoyas Head Coach John Thompson III called a time out to re-group, but the Hoyas were forced to foul the rest of the way and could not match Pittsburgh’s scoring effort in the final minute.
“They played us tough all night long. It was a lot like our match-up from the regular season, said Thompson. “We will just re-group and see where we are headed after the selections tomorrow evening.”
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