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St. John's 59 Georgetown 56 (OT).

Box Score

Postgame audio - Coach John Thompson III, Greg Monroe & Chris Wright:

A moribund St. John's team, who had gone over 13 minutes without a field goal to start the second half, had missed 14 straight shots and had fallen behind Georgetown by 14 points was somehow able to pull even with the Hoyas at the end of regulation and smash Georgetown's postseason chances in overtime.

It was the first overtime game in the 91 meetings between the two Big East rivals.

Two free throws by St. John's Rob Thomas with two seconds left sent the game to the extra frame.

Thomas' offensive rebound and two-handed dunk with one on the shot clock gave the Red Storm a three point lead with 15 seconds left in OT and DaJuan Summers' deep, open three point shot for Georgetown at the buzzer was long off the iron.

Greg Monroe scored a game-high 18 for the Hoyas, but chose to pass the ball on several occasions close to the rim where he should have been less selfish.

Thomas finished with a career-high 16 points and seven boards off the bench.

St. John's outrebounded Georgetown 46-25.

Starting forward Austin Freeman was unable to play the Hoyas. Freeman tried to go through warmups at Madison Square Garden despite an injured hip but could not get his body to respond.

David Lewis said,

March 4, 2009 @ 9:11 am

Why do teams that use the "Princeton offense" always get outrebounded? Is it the positioning of the center? I would be willing to bet that this is a real problem for all of these teams. Any thoughts?

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