College Sports

Freeman, Hoyas rally past UConn

WASHINGTON — Austin Freeman scored 28 of his career-high 33 points in the second half, helping No. 12 Georgetown erase a 15-point halftime deficit and come back to beat No. 13 Connecticut 72-69 Saturday.

UConn dominated the first half, scoring 16 consecutive points to lead by as many as 19.

It was Georgetown's turn after halftime, using a 10-0 run dominated by Freeman to get back into it. Freeman, a junior guard from Mitchellville, Md., had never scored more than 21 points in a college game.

Greg Monroe added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Georgetown (12-2, 3-1), while Chris Wright scored 14.

Stanley Robinson led UConn (11-4, 2-2) with 16 points and eight rebounds.

Georgetown was coming off a loss to Marquette but now has won four games in a row against UConn.

These two teams are rich with tradition and high school All-Americans, and there were 25 scouts from 17 NBA teams at the game, according to Georgetown. All of those pairs of professional eyes surely took note of Freeman's performance.

After shooting 1 for 3 in the first half, he went 11 for 17 in the second.

He contributed on defense, too, of course. After his three-pointer put Georgetown ahead 66-65 with 3:10 left, Freeman took a charge called on Jerome Dyson, who was held to 12 points.

The lead switched back and forth the rest of the way. After Alex Oriakhi's two free throws gave UConn a 69-68 edge with 1:11 remaining, Julian Vaughn tipped in Monroe's miss to put Georgetown in front 70-69 with about 45 seconds left.

Wright's steal led to Monroe's inside basket — fittingly, off a feed from Freeman — with less than 10 seconds to go.

Up until then, Freeman had outscored the entire UConn roster 21-15 in the second half.