If your calendar didn't tell you today was March 1, the wild final seconds of this contest told you all you needed to know as Marquette defeated Georgetown 88-87 in a game that had five lead changes in the final minute of the game.
Marquette got off to an early lead by using their advantage in the frontcourt. The Hoyas have had issues inside since the Bradley Hayes injury. With Trey Mourning missing the trip to Milwaukee due to illness, their depth was even further exposed tonight.
The game was looking easy for the Golden Eagles early, as they built an 11-point lead behind 50 first half points. MU scored 34 points in the paint in the first period, and shot 68 percent from the floor in the first half, while only making two 3-pointers.
Luke Fischer was dominant inside for Marquette, as the junior center scored 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting. Henry Ellenson added a double-double as well, netting 10 points and 11 rebounds, despite leaving the game with seven minutes left due to an ankle injury.
Despite how impressive Marquette looked in the first period, we've learned that you can never count Georgetown out of a game this season.
Sure enough, the Hoyas went on yet another of their patented second half comebacks, behind a career-best performance by Isaac Copeland. The sophomore forward has had his ups and downs this year, but he showed tonight why so many think he will become a great player for the Hoyas. The Brewster Academy alum finished the night with 32 points, scoring 23 in the second half.
After the Hoyas inched their way back to within a few points, the craziness of March began to ensue. Georgetown took a two-point lead with 55 seconds to play behind a 3-pointer from Marcus Derrickson. Marquette was able to regain their lead behind a pair of Duane Wilson free throws, with just 17 seconds remaining.
With the clock winding down, the Hoyas gave the ball to their leader D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, and he did not disappoint. The senior guard, who has hit so many big shots for Georgetown in his career, sank a mid-range jumper to give his team a one point lead with five seconds to play.
However, Marquette came back down the floor, and Luke Fischer was able to draw a foul on a last-ditch layup attempt.
Fischer calmly hit his two free throws to give Marquette the lead for good.
Welcome to March, everybody.