The upset trend in the Big East continued this afternoon but with an even more shocking result than Louisville's win at Syracuse. Rutgers rose up at the RAC to play its best game of the season and knock off No. 8 Georgetown, 71-68, behind the career-high 24-point performance of Jonathan Mitchell.
It was the first win over a top 10 team in seven years for the Scarlet Knights (13-12, 3-9 Big East). They led the Hoyas (18-6, 8-5) by as much as eight points in the second half. But Georgetown regained a 66-65 lead with 52 seconds left to play on a basket by Greg Monroe, who totaled 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists. However, Rutgers' Dane Miller scored on a tip-in for a 67-66 Knights lead with 23 seconds to play.
Rutgers then won the free throw battle in the final seconds as Mitchell made two for a 71-68 lead. Austin Freeman, who had 17 points for the Hoyas, missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.
Mitchell was sensational in making nine of his 12 shots from the field, including four of six from three-point range. That offset a poor shooting game by Rutgers star Mike Rosario, who had 10 points but made only three of 16 shots. Miller added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Rutgers, and Hamady Ndiaye had 11 points, seven boards and four blocked shots. The win was biggest of all for coach Fred Hill, who might need a late-season push to keep his job.