Greg Whittington calmly made the first two of three free throws to bring No. 15 Georgetown within a point of Marquette with 2.3 seconds to play.
Golden Eagles coach Buzz Williams called a timeout, and after the short break, Whittington clanked the front of the rim on the third attempt, allowing Marquette to hang on for a 49-48 victory on Saturday in Milwaukee.
With Marquette leading, 49-46, Whittington took a pass from Otto Porter on the baseline and was fouled by Trent Lockett on a 3-point attempt.
Whittington only had made 62 percent of his free throws this season, but he confidently swished the first two before Williams decided to ice the Georgetown forward.
Lockett (9 points, 10 rebounds) grabbed the rebound in the lane and was fouled, but missed two free throws and the game ended without the Hoyas attempting a final shot.
Devante Gardner made one of two free throws to give Marquette the lead for good, 47-46, with 2:01 left. Gardner then increased the lead to 49-46 by making two foul shots with 8.3 seconds left.
Each team played stifling defense in the opening minutes of the game and neither team could score consistently. Marquette (11-3, 2-0 Big East) missed 11 of its first 13 shots and Georgetown missed 10 of its first 12.
Georgetown (10-2, 0-1) lost in its first road game of the season after playing eight home games and three on neutral courts. The loss also snapped the Hoyas’ seven-game win streak.
Markel Starks had 14 of his 18 points in the second half while Whittington and Porter added 13 each for the Hoyas. All of Georgetown’s points came from its starters.
Duke 80, Wake Forest 62 — Ryan Kelly scored a season-high 22 points before fouling out in the second half of the top-ranked Blue Devils’ rout of the Demon Deacons. Seth Curry also had 22 points, and Quinn Cook had a career-high 14 assists for host Duke (14-0, 1-0 ACC).
Travis McKie led Wake Forest (7-6, 0-1) with 22 points and 11 rebounds. The Demon Deacons finished the game with nearly as many turnovers (19) as field goals (23).
Arizona 60, Utah 57 — Solomon Hill had 19 points, Mark Lyons hit two free throws with 7.2 seconds left, and the third-ranked Wildcats edged the visiting Utes.
Arizona (14-0, 2-0 Pac-12) held on after Utah’s Jarred DuBois’s 3-pointer bounced off the rim, hit the top of the backboard, and hit the rim again before missing. Jason Washburn had 17 points and 11 boards for the Utes (8-6, 0-2).
Illinois 74, Ohio State 55 — Brandon Paul scored 19 points and the 11th-ranked Illini topped the No. 8 Buckeyes in Champaign, Ill. Illinois (14-2, 1-1 Big Ten) led, 37-25, at halftime and used a 13-2 run early in the second to build a 50-27 lead.
Deshaun Thomas led Ohio State (11-3, 1-1) with 24 points, but the Buckeyes couldn’t overcome 16 turnovers.
Gonzaga 81, Santa Clara 74 — Kelly Olynyk scored 33 points and had 10 rebounds to propel the No. 10 Bulldogs (15-1, 2-0 West Coast) past the host Broncos. For Santa Clara (12-4, 1-1), Kevin Foster dueled Olynyk nearly shot for shot, scoring 29 points and reaching the 2,000-point mark for his career.
Missouri 66, Bucknell 64 — Phil Pressey scored a career-high 26 points and Laurence Bowers added 16 to help the No. 12 Tigers (11-2) fend off an upset bid by the visiting Bison.
Bucknell’s Mike Muscala went to the free throw line with 1.9 seconds left with a chance to tie the game, but missed both shots.
Muscala led the Bison (13-3) with 25 points and 14 rebounds.
St. John’s 53, Cincinnati 52 — JaKarr Sampson scored 16 points and D’Angelo Harrison added 15 as the Red Storm upset the No. 14 Bearcats in Cincinnati.
Cashmere Wright hit two 3-pointers in an 8-0 run that pulled Cincinnati (13-2, 1-1 Big East) within 1 with 2:32 left in the game.
Wright’s layup with 53 seconds to play gave the Bearcats a 52-51 lead. Harrison hit the winning jumper with 29 seconds left to regain the lead for St. John's (9-5, 1-1).
Creighton 79, Indiana State 66 — The No. 16 Bluejays used a 19-4 run to break open a close game in the second half of a victory over the Sycamores. Doug McDermott had 25 points and nine rebounds for Creighton (14-1, 3-0 Missouri Valley).
Jake Odum and Manny Arop scored 13 points apiece as Indiana State (9-5, 2-1) lost for the 14th straight time in Omaha.
Butler 57, New Orleans 44 — Kellen Dunham scored 15 points and Khyle Marshall added 13, leading the No. 17 Bulldogs (12-2) past the Privateers in Indianapolis. New Orleans (3-10) got 11 points from Lovell Cook and 10 from Traddarius McPhearson.
Michigan State 84, Purdue 61 — In East Lansing, Mich., freshman Gary Harris scored a season-high 22 points, and the 18th-ranked Spartans used a 28-7 run in the second half to pull away from the Boilermakers. Continued...