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Georgetown prevails in double-OT battle with Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Georgetown couldn't top its thrilling
upset win over then-top ranked Duke on Saturday. It came close,
though.

The Hoyas (Unranked ESPN/USA Today; No. 21 AP) squandered a 15-point first-half lead.
They survived a bonehead foul that allowed Notre Dame to force
overtime with a four-point play. They then endured a near
game-winning basket by Chris Quinn at the end of the first overtime
before finally beating the Irish 85-82 in double overtime on
Tuesday night.

"To come away with a double-overtime win on the road in a place
we had not won in quite some time -- regardless of what happened
Saturday -- was extremely important," Georgetown coach John
Thompson III said. "It was a very, very good win for our team."

The game marked the third time in the past seven games
Georgetown (13-4, 4-2 Big East) and Notre Dame (10-7, 1-5) have
gone to overtime. The Irish won in quadruple overtime in Washington
in 2002 and at home in double overtime in 2003. The victory was
just the second in the seven games for the Hoyas.

"I thought of the law of averages," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey
said. "The overtime games against them have been thrillers."

Notre Dame couldn't pull out the thrilling ending Tuesday night,
though. A 3-pointer by Darrel Owens with 2:18 left gave the Hoyas
an 83-79 lead. Roy Hibbert scored inside with 1:08 left to make it
85-81. The Irish were 2-of-5 from the free throw line in the second
overtime, though, and they missed two 3-point attempts in the
closing seconds that would have tied it.

"I don't want to use a boxing analogy, but it was a heavyweight
fight," Thompson said. "We made a run, they come back at us and
it goes back and forth, back and forth."

Owens and Hibbert each had 18 points for the Hoyas, who seemed
to have the game won in regulation. But Brandon Bowman fouled Colin
Falls as he hit a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left and he completed
the four-point play to tie the game at 69.

Bowman admitted he felt bad about the foul.

"But we did what we had to do in overtime to get the win," he
said.

At the end of the first overtime with the score 76-76, Notre
Dame's Rob Kurz stuffed a shot in the lane by Jonathan Wallace with
1.8 seconds left. Kurz threw a length-of-the-court inbounds pass
that bounced to Quinn, whose shot went off the side of the rim.

"You've got to try to steal it there, probably," Brey said.

Quinn had 26 points and 10 assists for the Irish, who never led
in the game and are off to their worst Big East start since opening
1-5 in 1996-97.

Hibbert had 13 rebounds for Georgetown, while Ashanti Cook had
16 points, Jeff Green 12 and Wallace 10.

Falls had 18 points and Kurz added 14 for Notre Dame, which lost
100-97 in double overtime at Pittsburgh on Jan. 4.

"Maybe the karma will swing for us," Brey said. "You've got
to be a little lucky sometimes."

Thompson said he was just happy the Hoyas survived.

"To hold on, not to cave in when the crowd suddenly gets back
into it, and they're on cloud nine because everything's going right
was impressive," he said.