Freeman Wills Georgetown to Win

You could feel it in the air. Something was brewing in the Wells Fargo Center. The Villanova Wildcats erased a 10 point deficit with 6:37 to play by implementing a three-quarter court press, and then a full court press. Georgetown looked rattled. Fortunately for Hoya fans, star guard Austin Freeman was immune to it all.

Someone forgot to tell Mr. Freeman that the 19,000 howling fans, including hoards of raucous Villanova students, were supposed to be intimidating. Freeman tallied 30 points on 10-19 shooting, 6 assists and was perfect from the foul line (8 for 8). I’m no doctor, but I think the insulin that’s injected into Austin Freeman’s veins to treat his diabetes has a side-effect: cold-bloodedness.

Try to prove otherwise.

Georgetown's Austin Freeman celebrates after an NCAA college basketball game against Villanova, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, in Philadelphia. Georgetown won 69-66. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Freeman scored 10 of Georgetown’s last twelve points. The other two? A visionary pass from a doubled Austin Freeman to a wide open Nate Lubick, who threw down a thunderous jam which left the backboard gyrating, and the crowd stunned.

Since that 6:37 mark, the Cats kept clawing. The lead was cut to 8, then 6 after an acrobatic Maalik Wayns shot in the lane. Austin Freeman fired back with two foul shots, extending the lead back to 8. A Maalik Wayns jumper, Corey Stokes three and two Maalik Wayns free throws later and the lead was suddenly just 1 point. The crowd was in a “Jump Around” type frenzy.

Austin Freeman would have none of it.

In the final 1:43, Freeman would go on to score 6 points and make a beautiful pass for the other two. After Nate Lubick’s slam that extended the lead to 3 with :25 to play, Wayns made yet another shot, imitating Austin Freeman. The Georgetown guard proved that an imitation is not quite as good as the original, by drawing a foul and sinking two free throws with :14 remaining to extend the lead back to three. This time, Villanova had no answer.

Antonio Pena was forced to attempt a 3PT shot with :05 remaining because of a stout Hoya defense. The shot was strong, and guard Dominic Cheek didn’t have time to grab the rebound, race to the arc, square his body, and get off a mechanically sound shot before the buzzer sounded. His fading away attempt was way short.

The Georgetown bench erupted and ran onto the court to celebrate with their teammates. The Wells Fargo Center was eerily silent, save the Georgetown players and their rowdy classmates who rose hell in the cheap seats all day. You could only hear one thing…

“Hoya, Saxa! Hoya, Saxa! Hoya, Saxa!”

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