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Hoyas survive scare, slip past Seton Hall

Jan 19, 2011 - 3:35 AM Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Austin Freeman made a pair of key free throws in the closing seconds and finished with a game-high 28 points as No. 23 Georgetown edged Seton Hall, 80-75, in Big East action at the Prudential Center.

Chris Wright ended with 17 points, six rebounds and six assists, while Hollis Thompson chipped in with 14 points for Georgetown (14-5, 3-4 Big East), which has won two in a row after a three-game slide. Julian Vaughn added 11 points and six rebounds in the victory.

Jeff Robinson had a team-best 21 points to go with seven boards for Seton Hall (8-11, 2-5), which has dropped two straight and five of six. Jordan Theodore ended with 17 points and six assists for the Pirates.

Trailing by 10 early in the second half, Jeremy Hazell's breakaway dunk finished off a 19-2 to put Seton Hall ahead 52-45 with 12:09 remaining.

Seton Hall was up by six, 73-67, with just over three minutes to play before Vaughn's two layups sandwiched around a pair of Freeman free throws tied things at 73-all with 1:26 left.

After Hazell missed from beyond the arc, Wright was fouled and made 1-of-2 from the stripe to give Georgetown the lead for good at 74-73 with 52 seconds on the clock. Freeman made two more at the line to put the Hoyas up by three, 76-73, with 27 seconds left.

Theodore hit a long two from the corner with eight ticks to go, but Wright hit four free throws in the closing seconds to secure the win for Georgetown.

A 13-3 run early in the contest put Georgetown in front 20-13 with 8:47 left in the first half, but Seton Hall closed to within one, 30-29 after Hazell hit a pair of free throws with 1:49 remaining.

Freeman drained a pair of threes sandwiched around a short jumper as part of a 8-2 burst to close out the first half and give the visitors a 38-31 lead heading into the locker room.

Game Notes

Georgetown improved to 53-40 in the all-time series against Seton Hall...The Hoyas made 52.7 percent of their shots from the floor and 6-of-17 from three- point territory. The Pirates made 45.6 percent of their shots, but only 2- of-12 from beyond the arc.