Georgetown and Tennessee set basketball back to the peach basket days

Kyle Ringo
The Dagger: College Basketball Blog

They might as well have played this one in short shorts with the Four Corners offense and granny shots at the foul line.

Georgetown and Tennessee combined to miss 59 of the 90 shots they attempted Friday night in a SEC/Big East Challenge game that ended with a final score that looked like a typical halftime — Georgetown won 37-36.

You know ESPN analyst and legendary coach Bob Knight must have been gritting his teeth all the way through the broadcast.

The game-winning shot came with 4 minutes, 10 seconds left when Georgetown's Markel Starks hit a jumper. Who would have thought it would be the last bucket of the night?

''If you just look at the numbers and the stat sheet and say we won the game - before the game, I'd say you're crazy,'' Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. ''I'd think it's virtually impossible.'

Tennessee finished with one fewer rebound than it had points and no player on either team scored in double figures. Five players finished with eight points.

It was the lowest point total for the Hoyas since the introduction of the shot clock in the college game in the 1985-86 season, and the second lowest point total for the Volunteers with the shot clock in effect.

The game ended with a sloppy turnover by the Hoyas leading to a pair of errant 3-point attempts by the Volunteers, one of which was an airball and the other drawing iron. Apparently Tennessee players didn't realize an old-fashioned two-point bucket could have given them a victory.

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