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Archive for Friday, December 7, 2001

Nineteenth-ranked Hoyas survive scare against South Carolina, 70-68

December 7, 2001

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— Kevin Braswell loves taking the last shot. He had an opportunity against South Carolina.

Braswell hit a 17-foot jumper with 2.2 seconds left to give No. 19 Georgetown a 70-68 victory over South Carolina on Thursday night.

Braswell, in foul trouble most of the game, also tied the game at 68 with a free throw with 47.7 seconds left.

"I've been working on my shooting lately and everything has been falling," said Braswell, who finished with 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting and five assists.

Georgetown coach Craig Escherick has seen his guard hit big shots for four seasons, and he was confident against the Gamecocks.

"He's the one person I would want it in his hands at the end," he said.

The game had the feel of a March playoff as neither team led by more than five points. There were 24 lead changes, including a 312-minute stretch in the second half when the lead changed nine times on 11 possessions.

"A lesser team would have cracked," South Carolina coach Dave Odom said. "But they didn't. Give Georgetown a lot of credit for that."

The Hoyas (6-1) mostly pounded the ball inside. Forward Mike Sweetney had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Wesley Wilson added 19.

"Us big men know we are going to have to dominate inside every time we play," said Sweetney, who missed practice this week with a leg injury.

South Carolina (5-3) was led by Jamel Bradley's 16 points. Tony Kitchings added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Gamecocks.

The Hoyas shot 54.9 percent (28-of-51), and overcame 21 turnovers. South Carolina shot 47.3 percent (26-of-55).

Georgetown pushed its lead to four points in the second half, snapping a 57-all tie on a jumper by Gerald Riley and a short shot by Drew Hall for a 61-57 lead.

Marius Petravicius then hit a layup and was fouled with 1:59 left, cutting South Carolina's deficit to 65-63. He missed the free throw, but Tony Kitchings hit a putback that tied the game at 65.

Wilson then hit both ends of a 1-in-1 to give Georgetown a 67-65 lead. Aaron Lucas' three-pointer put South Carolina ahead 68-67 with 1:06 left before Braswell's free throw tied the game.

No. 15 Ball State 113, Ind.-Pur.-Fort Wayne 89

Muncie, Ind. Theron Smith scored 29 points and set a Worthen Arena record with 21 rebounds, leading Ball State over Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne. Smith picked up his third consecutive double-double as Ball State set an arena record for points scored, breaking the previous mark of 111, set against Lynn on Nov. 28, 1994.

Patrick Jackson added 22 points, Chris Williams 20 and Lonnie Jones 15 for Ball State (5-1). The Mastodons (0-8), struggling in their first season in Div. I, were led by freshman Ric Wyand's 28 points. Wyand shot 11-for-18 from the field, including 6-for-11 from three-point range.

Wyand scored with 16:25 left and pulled the Mastodons within 58-51. Smith countered with a three-pointer and the Cards went on a 17-2 run.

Gonzaga 87, No. 21 Fresno State 77

Inglewood, Calif. Dan Dickau scored 20 of his 29 points in the second half, and Zach Gourde had a career-high 22 points as Gonzaga beat No. 21 Fresno State.

Gourde also had 12 rebounds to equal a career high, and Cory Violette had 15 points and a career-high 20 rebounds as Gonzaga won its fourth straight and ended Fresno State's five-game winning streak.

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