NEWARK, N.J. – Austin Freeman scored 28 points and No. 23 Georgetown went 8 for 9 from the free throw line in the final 2:11 as the Hoyas held on for an 80-75 victory over Seton Hall on Tuesday night.
The win was the second in three days in New Jersey for the Hoyas (14-5, 3-4 Big East), who had lost three straight before beating Rutgers on Saturday.
Jeff Robinson had 21 points for the Pirates (8-11, 2-5), who have lost five of six.
Seton Hall took advantage of a sudden shooting slump by the Hoyas with a 19-2 run that gave it a 52-45 lead with 12:13 to play.
Georgetown stayed within reach but didn't take the lead again until Chris Wright made one of two free throws with 53 seconds left to make it 74-73.
After a Seton Hall miss, Freeman made two free throws with 27 seconds left. Jordan Theodore hit a side jumper for the Pirates with 9 seconds to go but it was only a 2-pointer and Georgetown still had a one-point lead.
Wright added four more free throws in the final 8.7 seconds for the final margin.
Wright had 17 points and six assists for the Hoyas while Hollis Thompson added 14 points.
Freeman's big game followed a 25-point effort against Rutgers, a game that broke him out of a three-game shooting slump that saw him score a total of 29 points.
The Hoyas shot 52.7 percent (29 for 55), better than the 50.7 percent they were at coming into the game, which had them third in the nation.
Theodore had 17 points and six assists for the Pirates, while Herb Pope had 16 points and nine rebounds and Jeremy Hazell, in his third back from a broken wrist, had 15. The four players accounted for all but six of Seton Hall's points.
Hazell, who leads the Pirates with a 20.8 average, had nine points in the big run. His breakaway dunk gave Seton Hall the 52-45 lead. During the run, Georgetown missed all six shots and turned the ball over three times.
The Hoyas quickly returned to form when Wright hit a 3 that started a 9-of-11 effort from the field to close the game.