For the first 27-and-a-half minutes, it looked like Marquette would be in for another nail-biter that would be decided in the final minutes of the Big East Tournament.
Then Greg Monroe decided to take over.
The All-Big East selection led a 32-10 Hoya run to end the game as Georgetown defeated Marquette 80-57 in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament.
Monroe used his size to his advantage against the smaller Golden Eagles, going off for 23 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, and two blocks in one his best overall performances of the season.
Julian Vaughn had 8pts/7reb/2blocks
Marquette head coach Buzz Williams was impressed with the sophomore's effort and less than pleased with his own team's.
"[Monroe] used his left hand every single time tonight," Williams said. "We didn't play to the scouting report, and we looked really, really bad. And he looked really, really good."
Georgetown scored 46 of their 80 points in the paint, compared to just 22 for Marquette, and Williams noted that his team "allowed way too many paint touches." The Golden Eagles were outrebounded in the game 44-24.
Lazar Hayward had his hands full against the towering Georgetown frontcourt that included the 6'11" Monroe and the 6'9" Julian Vaughn. Georgetown exploited that mismatch at will, finding Monroe early and often in the paint.
Despite the size disadvantage and inconsistent three-point shooting, Marquette found themselves down only three at halftime, and were within a point before Georgetown went on their run to end the game. Once they got going, Hayward admitted it was tough to stop the Hoyas.
"We just couldn't find a point in the game to just try and turn it around," Hayward said. "And that was because we started off badly, and when we play great teams like that, you can't dig yourself out of a hole and get out of it."
Chris Wright, who finished with 15 points, got the second half run going by scoring eight of Georgetown's first 10 points.
Both teams were playing for the third time in three days, but the shallow depth of the Marquette bench seemed to take its toll on the tired Golden Eagles.
Darius Johnson-Odom made just 1-of-8 from the field after scoring a career-high 24 points Thursday in a win over Villanova. Jimmy Butler scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Maurice Acker added 16 on 7-of-11 shooting.
Marquette made just 6 of 20 three-pointers and shot 37 percent as a team, including 31 percent from the field in the second half. The Golden Eagles scored only six points over the final 10:49 of the game.
Defensively, Marquette seemed to shut down as the game spiraled out of control, something Williams attributed to effort, but nothing that concerned him.
"We're here because of our effort," Williams said. "I think our effort maybe has been as good as any team in the country. Definitely you could match our effort against any team in the country. But I thought over the last ten minutes we were bad."