7:00 PM ET, February 23, 2009
Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia
Clark scores 22 points as Cards hand Hoyas their ninth loss in 11 games
WASHINGTON -- Louisville is in a crazy-good race for the regular-season championship of the Big East, where four of the nation's top eight teams sit atop the standings.Georgetown, the two-time defending regular-season champion, is not a member of that quartet. The Hoyas are all but conceding that their only road to the NCAA tournament runs through the conference tournament at Madison Square Garden.Louisville's upperclassmen topped Georgetown's youth 76-58 Monday night, led by Earl Clark's 22 points, eight rebounds and four steals. The No. 6 Cardinals (22-5, 13-2) overcame 16 turnovers with solid defense and good first-half shooting to win their fourth straight and move into a first-place tie with Connecticut.So much for Louisville coach Rick Pitino's early season thought that the regular-season champ would have five or six losses.
• Louisville shot a season-best 67 percent (8-for-12) from 3-point range, including 6-for-6 in the first half to earn its first win at Georgetown (1-2).
• The Cardinals have won 14 of their last 16 games overall and 11 of their first 13 conference road games.
• After having a seven-game win streak, Georgetown has lost nine of 11 and 11 of its last 15 games.
-- ESPN research
Georgetown now has as many Big East home losses this season as it did over John Thompson III's first four seasons combined. The difference has been on the defensive end, where the Hoyas are allowing 13 more points per game in front of the Verizon Center crowd.
|Opp. FG pct||38.5||46.7|
|Opp. 3pt. pct.||28.7||38.6|
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||24-44 (.545)||20-51 (.392)|
|3P Made-Attempted||8-12 (.667)||3-16 (.188)|
|FT Made-Attempted||20-32 (.625)||15-23 (.652)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||21 (0/0)||25 (0/0)|
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