Georgetown earns second-round date with UConn

NEW YORK (AP) -- Darrel Owens finally started hitting shots and
Georgetown finally won a game.

Owens scored all 14 of his points over the final 8 minutes, and
the Hoyas snapped a five-game losing streak with a 56-51 victory
over Seton Hall on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Big
East tournament.

The seventh-seeded Hoyas (17-11) had to win to have any chance
at an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament. Their next opponent,
however, is second-seeded Connecticut (21-6) in the
quarterfinals Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

First-year coach John Thompson III, whose father won six Big
East tournament titles with Georgetown, admitted his team's recent
slide could be tough to overcome with just the one win.

"I'm not sure," he said of his team's chances at being
included in the NCAA's field of 65. "This conference is terrific
and the committee knows what they're doing. Hopefully it will help
us but we plan on showing up tomorrow.

"Obviously we are playing a very good team that is playing very
well right now. We can't have any lapses."

The Hoyas had a few lapses against Seton Hall and it was Owens
who ended the longest one.

"When we get it in and then pass it out it makes it a lot
easier," he said. "It paid off tonight."

Owens, a senior averaging 5.6 points, went 4-for-4 on 3-pointers
in his scoring stretch. His first 3 ended a 7:42 drought without a
field goal for the Hoyas and brought them within 44-36 with 7:59

His third 3 came with 3:37 left and brought Georgetown within

His last 3-pointer gave the Hoyas the lead for good at 51-49
with 1:02 left. Brandon Bowman added two free throws with 25
seconds left to cap Georgetown's 12-0 run that made it 53-49.

Seton Hall (12-16) finally broke its 4{-minute scoring drought
with 18 seconds left when Jamar Nutter made two free throws.

Georgetown turned the ball over the ensuing inbounds play, but
the Pirates didn't take advantage, turning it over themselves on an
entry pass with 11 seconds to go.

Ashanti Cook made one free throw with 10 seconds left for a
54-51 lead. Seton Hall's Donald Copeland missed a 3-point attempt
with 4 seconds left and Owens ended the scoring with two more free
throws with less than a second to play.

"Darrel hit those shots but at the other end we got stops,"
Thompson said. "It seemed they were scoring every possession and
when we finally got a couple of stops it seemed we could figure out
the offensive end."

Bowman had 16 points for Georgetown, which beat Seton Hall 61-52
in their only meeting this season. The Hoyas finished 10-for-19
from 3-point range, 4-for-7 in the second half.

"Darrel hit those shots that sparked us," Bowman said. "We
did the little things we hadn't been doing the last five games."

Nutter had 12 points for the Pirates, who ended the season
losing six of seven and nine of 11. Seton Hall was 8-for-22 from
the field in the second half after shooting 10-for-23 in the first

"We were taking the same shots that gave us the lead early but
didn't make them," Seton Hall coach Louis Orr said. "Then there
were some turnovers and what I call youthful plays. We just
couldn't get that basket to keep things going."