Georgetown 78, Norfolk State 70, OT
WASHINGTON (AP)—Brandon Bowman scored eight points in overtime Tuesday to lead Georgetown to a 78-70 victory over Norfolk State, narrowly avoiding one of the biggest upset losses in Hoyas history.
Bowman had 23 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks and four steals for the Hoyas (7-3), who blew an 11-point second-half lead and nearly lost to a team from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for the first time.
Chakowby Hicks overcame foul trouble to finish with 17 points and four steals to lead Norfolk State (3-6), which has never beaten a team from a major conference. The Spartans fell to 0-4 against Georgetown, but their previous three losses against the Big East opponent had been by an average of 26 points.
Georgetown controlled the first half with a strong inside game—Norfolk State had only one rebound in the first 12 minutes—and the Hoyas led 35-25 at the half. But Georgetown couldn’t get in the inside against the Spartans’ zone in the second half, settling for hit-or-miss 3-pointers that gave Norfolk State the momentum to take a 46-45 lead with 10:37 remaining.
Neither team led by more than four for the rest of regulation, and Calvin Brown’s driving, two-handed shovel shot in the paint for the Spartans with eight seconds remaining tied the game at 61 and sent it to overtime.
The Hoyas went back inside in the extra period and made 6 of 7 shots. Bowman scored four straight Georgetown baskets, all from the paint.
Norfolk State played without head coach Dwight Freeman, who was diagnosed with two blood clots in his right leg on Christmas Day. Freeman will be unable to go on the road for several weeks with the Spartans, who usually travel by bus, but he will coach home games and practices. Assistant Rodney Martin is serving as head coach in Freeman’s absence.