- The Washington Times - Friday, December 7, 2001

COLUMBIA, S.C. The Baltimore Bomber strikes again.
It seems like Georgetown senior point guard Kevin Braswell was born to drill buzzer-beaters with big games on the line. Last night the Baltimore native nailed a running 18-footer with South Carolina's Aaron Lucas right in his face and just three seconds left to lift the 19th-ranked Hoyas to a 70-68 victory over the Gamecocks.
Georgetown (6-1) returns to action Tuesday against Morgan State at MCI Center.
"The coaches know I always want to take that shot," said Braswell, who has now hit four such game-winners in his career on the Hilltop. "It's just one of those things I've always felt comfortable doing."
The crowd of 10,023 at Carolina Coliseum spent all evening trying to deafen the Hoyas. But the moment Braswell's dagger found the mark, you could have heard a pin drop in Charleston.
"They had been doubling me out top, and I had tried splitting it and dribbling around it, but that's the first time I tried faking one way and going back hard the other way," Braswell said. "Lucas backed off, so I just took it. You don't know how good that feels when one of those things goes in. It makes you feel like your heart's going to explode."
Interestingly, Braswell had spent much of the game on the bench in foul trouble, backups Drew Hall and Trenton Hillier spelling him at the point. The senior co-captain left the game after drawing his fourth foul on a dubious charging call with 17:03 left in the game. Without Braswell's backcourt leadership in a hostile environment, the Hoyas shifted into a halfcourt offense that was almost entirely predicated on frontcourt pounders Mike Sweetney and Wesley Wilson.
The pair completely carried the Hoyas during a second half that saw the lead change hands 13 times. In fact, Sweetney (20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists) and Wilson (19 points, four rebounds) scored Georgetown's first 19 points after intermission, keeping the Hoyas in the game while Braswell waited patiently on the bench.
"That's Georgetown basketball," said Wilson, the 6-11 junior center who made eight of his 11 attempts from the field. "Work the big men, and break them down inside."
Braswell returned with 9:52 remaining and the Hoyas trailing 49-47. He immediately hit Sweetney with a wraparound pass in the lane that led to an old fashioned 3-point play and a minute later nailed a jumper of his own to give the Hoyas a 54-53 lead with 7:15 remaining. Braswell's bucket was the Hoyas' first of the half by a player other than the power pairing of Wilson and Sweetney.
"They kept us in the game," Braswell said. "Mike and Wes were awesome inside, absolutely dominant. Without them, we wouldn't have been around to take a last shot."
Much like Georgetown, the Gamecocks were similarly one-dimensional on offense, relying almost exclusively on the perimeter shooting of 3-point specialist Jamel Bradley (16 points) and the occasional turnaround jumper from power forward Tony Kitchings (12 points). But thanks to a thin Georgetown defense, which was wracked with foul trouble and injuries (starting swingman Victor Samnick missed the second half with an ankle injury), the Gamecocks (5-3) kept pace with the Hoyas.
South Carolina took a 68-67 lead on a 3-pointer by point man Aaron Lucas (11 points) with 1:04 to play. But the Hoyas completely dictated play during the last minute. Braswell earned a trip to the foul line with 47 seconds left but made just one of two tosses to draw the Hoyas even.
After a wild, flinging effort from Lucas in the lane with three guys on him, the Hoyas then got the ball back with 14.7 seconds left. During the brief Georgetown timeout which followed, the raucous South Carolina student section taunted Braswell mercilessly.
But Braswell calmly took the inbounds pass, let the clock run under 10 seconds and then went to work. After icing the game with his master stroke, Braswell then turned and pointed to his tormentors, joyously shouting, "I told you so, baby. I told you so."

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