It was everything you would expect from a rivalry game. The passion. The pageantry. The…pin?
Yup, THE PIN.
Maryland (2-0) freshman guard Kevin Huerter sealed an improbable 76-75 comeback-win on Tuesday night when he pinned Georgetown (1-1) freshman Jagan Mosely’s game-winning layup attempt against the glass.
Then again, there couldn’t have been a more appropriate ending to a game that was devoid of offensive consistency. Both teams shot below 50 percent from the field and Maryland, in particular, missed a multitude of open 3’s shooting just 26 percent from the behind the arc. Georgetown guard L.J. Peak led the Hoyas with 21 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the free throw line. The Hoyas went 37-for-42 (88 percent) from the charity stripe, had four starters in double figures, had a seven-point lead with a minute left and still lost.
Maryland guard Melo Trimble struggled to find his rhythm offensively, but still managed to hit two clutch free throws down the stretch, leaving with a game-high 23 points.
The second edition of a rivalry renewed, this was supposed to be a home game for the Hoyas. But as the Terps rallied to a 13-7 run after Trimble’s pair of free throws at the 1:38 mark, the College Park faithful made their presence known from the top bowl of the Verizon center as they chanted: “Let’s gooo, Maryland.”
Both teams play next on Nov. 17.
Maryland will host St. Mary’s (MD) and Georgetown will host Arkansas State.