LANDOVER — LANDOVER -- If there ever was a night that Seton Hall was to break its Capital Centre hex against Georgetown, this was it. The Pirates had played well in a weekend loss to No. 3 North Carolina, while the Hoyas looked like anything but a Top 25 team in a Saturday loss at Nevada-Las Vegas.
So what happens last night? No. 21 Georgetown played its typical tenacious defense and rediscovered outside shooting in last night's 73-62 win over No. 9 Seton Hall before 13,528 at the Capital Centre.
Seton Hall (15-4, 5-2 Big East), hasn't won at the Capital Centre since Jan. 3, 1987, and has now dropped 11 of its last 12 games on Georgetown's home court. Georgetown (12-3, 5-2) has won four of its last five and -- with Syracuse's win over Pittsburgh last night -- was able to slip into a first-place tie with Seton Hall and St. John's in the Big East.
"One of our goals is to play harder than the other team, and that certainly wasn't the case tonight," said Seton Hall coach P. J. Carlesimo, whose team has lost three of its past four games. "This is the third time in five games we've had trouble with traps and pressure. Until we handle it better, we're going to see a lot of that."
Carlesimo expected the traps and the pressure from Georgetown. He did not expect the accurate outside shooting (eight of 14 three-pointers). Six of those three-pointers came in the first half, which wasn't bad for a team that hadn't hit more than five three-pointers in any game this season.
"We hit some threes for a team that can't shoot," said Georgetown coach John Thompson. "After the horrible game we had at Vegas, I was extremely pleased the way the team came out and responded."
It was the backcourt that set the tone for the Hoyas. Freshmen Eric Micoud came off the bench to score a career-high 15 points to lead four Georgetown players in double figures, and junior Joey Brown had a career-high 13 assists to go along with his 12 points.
Both took turns harassing Seton Hall guard Terry Dehere, who wasn't really a factor despite scoring a game-high 16 points.
"Terry had a tough night, but a lot of guys had tough nights," Carlesimo said. "We had a tough night because of Georgetown."
The Hoyas were able to open the game open toward the end of the first half. After Seton Hall's John Leahy hit a three-pointer that had the Pirates within 29-22, the Hoyas responded with three straight three-pointers -- the final two by little-used Kevin Millen -- to give Georgetown a 38-22 lead.
The Hoyas opened the second half strongly and opened their biggest lead, 52-32, after a free throw by Othella Harrington with 14:43 left.