Published February 14, 2010
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Jonathan Mitchell scored a career-high 24 points, including the clinching free throws with 4.1 seconds to play, and Rutgers upset No. 7 Georgetown 71-68 on Sunday, the Scarlet Knights' first win over a top 10 team in seven years.
Mitchell's previous career high was 21 points against the Hoyas in an 88-63 loss in January. This game was a lot different because of Mitchell's 9-of-12 shooting and Rutgers (13-12, 3-9 Big East) ability to keep Georgetown (18-6, 8-5) from going on any extended runs.
Greg Monroe had 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists and Austin Freeman had 17 points for the Hoyas, who were coming off a 103-90 victory over No. 4 Villanova and next face No. 2 Syracuse on Thursday.
Dane Miller had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Scarlet Knights, who have won four of five, but the previous wins in that run — Notre Dame, St. John's and Division II Caldwell — hardly matched their first win over a ranked team since beating then-No. 13 Pittsburgh in January 2008, and their first over a top 10 team since a 95-82 victory over then-No. 9 Notre Dame on March 1, 2003.
This game was close throughout with 12 lead changes and seven ties. Despite shooting 50.9 percent (29 of 57) from the field and finishing with a 34-29 rebound advantage, the Hoyas led just once in the second half, and Rutgers answered that right back in the final minute.
The Hoyas took a 66-65 lead on Monroe's up-and-under move with 52 seconds to play. Miller had an extended arm tip-in of a missed jumper by Mike Rosario with 21 seconds left to get the Scarlet Knights the lead back, and then he made two free throws with 10.1 seconds left for a three-point lead.
Freeman's two free throws with 5.7 seconds left made it 69-68, but after a missed 3-point attempt by Chris Wright of the Hoyas, Mitchell made his clinching free throws. Freeman's 23-footer bounced off the rim at the buzzer and the Rutgers team ran to center court and celebrated the big win.
What made the Scarlet Knights' win even more impressive was that Rosario, their leading scorer at 16.7 points per game, finished with 10 on 3-of-16 shooting, including 2 of 10 from 3-point range.
Rutgers even gave Georgetown a chance to take control of the game, going 7½ minutes without a field goal after taking a 44-36 lead 2:32 into the second half. Even with the dry spell, Rutgers only gave up the lead once in that span, but the Scarlet Knights took it right back when Hamady Ndiaye's two free throws tied it and Miller's layup made it 51-49 with 9:58 to go.