Georgetown 66, Penn State 53
WASHINGTON (AP)— Brandon Bowman scored 28 points and Jeff Green added 18, helping Georgetown withstand an unlikely Penn State surge in Monday night’s 66-53 win.
The Hoyas (3-1) opened the game on a 17-0 run, but watched Penn State (5-3) dwindle the advantage down to 42-39 with 11:45 left on Marlon Smith’s free throw set up because an intentional foul on Ashanti Cook.
Georgetown didn’t waste any time turning to their two best scorers down the stretch. Bowman and Green, who also grabbed 10 rebounds, combined to score all 15 of Georgetown’s points during a seven-miunte stretch to prevent Penn State from taking the lead.
Bowman, who made 11 of 15 from the floor, hit one of his three 3-pointers with 8:51 left to put Georgetown up by 12 and Green’s two free throws less than a minute later put the Hoyas ahead 53-42.
Smith finished with 14 and Travis Parker added 11 to lead Penn State, which never got closer than nine in the final nine in the final seven minutes
The Nittany Lions, who had won four straight, committed seven of their 19 turnovers in the opening 5:13—the same stretch where they managed just three field goal attempts.
The Hoyas cooled after their strong start, shooting 4-for-14 on 3-pointers in the first half and allowing Penn State to get within 31-21 at halftime despite the Nittany Lions making just six shots in the first half.