COLUMBUS, Ohio | Joe Giglio, the N.C. State beat writer for the Raleigh News & Observer, wryly brought up the last time the Wolfpack and Georgetown met in the NCAA tournament during today’s press conference at Nationwide Arena and noted many fans in one corner of the Triangle still have a gripe with how that game unfolded.
The Hoyas, of course, face the Wolfpack with a place in the round of 16 at stake tomorrow. But 23 years ago, the teams engaged in a taut regional semifinal that went down to the final two minutes.
Georgetown led by three when a questionable traveling violation was called on Chris Corchiani with 1:48 remaining (go to about the 6:00 mark of this clip). The Hoyas went on to win 69-61.
“I do not remember that game specifically,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. “When you were asking the question, the first thing that went through my head was there are a lot of people in Princeton, N.J., who think Alonzo Mourning fouled Bobby Scrabis on the last shot of that game. That must have been a theme that year.”
Suddenly, a deep voice from behind a curtain offered a rejoinder.
“Both of them were wrong,” he bellowed.
He, of course, is former Georgetown coach John Thompson Jr., who presided over the 1989 tournament victories before losing to Duke in the regional final.