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G'Town vs. UConn; Classic Big East matchup, Freeman gets 33

After a three-point loss to Marquette on Wendesday, questions about whether Georgetown was a legitimate contender began to circulate.

The No.12 Hoyas answered that question with authority as they overcame a 19-point deficit for a 72-69 win over No.13 Connecticut on Saturday.

The star of the day was junior guard Austin Freeman. Freeman, who entered the game averaging 14.1 points per game, scored a career-high 33 points.

Freeman, who went 5-for-9 from three-point range, scored 28 points in the second half. Georgetown got a strong contribution from 6-10 sophomore Greg Monroe (15 points, 9 rebounds) and Chris Wright (14 points).

It was a big win for the Hoyas for several reasons. For one, it puts Georgetown (12-2, 2-1 Big East) right back in the conference mix. Freeman's incredible day will give Monroe and the rest of the team confidence it can score with anyone.

The knock on Georgetown has been its lack of offense. Although Monroe, Wright and Freeman are all averaging 14 points per game, none of the three has asserted himself as the "go-to" guy for John Thompson III.

Freeman's performance could change that.

As for UConn, it was another tough loss on the road. The Huskies have been excellent at home, but not consistent on the road. Jim Calhoun's crew lost at Cincinnati, at MSG against Duke, and now to Georgetown.

Aside from UConn's troubles on the road, making free throws has also been an issue. The Huskies made just 9 of 17 free throws. Alex Oriakhi had 11 points and eight rebounds, but went just 3 for-7 from the line. He missed two critical free throws down the stretch that would've given UConn a two-point lead with under two minutes left.

With two Big East losses and games against Pittsburgh and at Michigan over the next eight days, UConn (11-4, 2-2) needs to straighten itself out fast.

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