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Georgetown uses the same play to get two 3 pointers in OT

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After a hard fought game with Missouri, Georgetown took control of the game in OT, thanks to hitting 3 three point shots. What was interesting was that two of these shots came off of similar action, which is one of the backbones of the Princeton offense. While they ran it on opposite sides, the action and result was the same.

The plays start with the typical back cut action that starts out nearly every Princeton set. Henry Sims dribbles at his teammate, signaling the back cut.  Austin Freeman is making the cut in both plays, as you see here. This makes the Missouri defender step over to hedge on Freeman so he cannot get an open layup.

This leaves Jason Clark open on the wing for a three. Laurence Bowers had to hedge on Freeman and Clark took advantage of the open space for a three. (Note: Sorry about the picture. I promise Clark is there).

The back cut is the key to the action. Freeman occupies two defenders which frees open Clark. This shot gave the Hoyas a lead they would not relinquish.

Minutes later, Georgetown ran a similar set on the opposite side of the floor. Chris Wright starts the action by dribbling at Freeman, who makes a back cut to the basket. Marcus Denmon sees what is coming but Freeman cuts right into his path, cutting him off.

Look at Freeman setting a de facto screen on Denmon. It was not designed to be a screen but worked out for Georgetown. Freeman was able to angle his cut to run right into Denmon, freeing up Jason Clark for the dagger.

Great execution down the stretch by Georgetown to get two open looks from the perimeter. Austin Freeman was the key to the play, as he did not loaf through his cuts, but made the help defenders respect him, leaving someone else open.


Written by Joshua Riddell

December 1, 2010 at 4:13 pm

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  1. This is great stuff. For the first play in overtime, that is Sims dribbling and Clark taking the three. Georgetown would not have converted that basketball had Sims shot it from out there…


    December 1, 2010 at 9:41 pm

  2. […] #3) Georgetown uses the same set twice in OT […]

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