TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Chris Wright made six free throws in the final 29.7 seconds to finish with a season-high 26 points and ninth-ranked Georgetown held off South Florida 61-55 on Saturday night for its ninth victory in 10 games.
The Hoyas (21-6, 10-5 Big East) rebounded from an eight-point loss to Connecticut, pulling away during an 18-8 surge and hanging on despite getting a season-low four points on 2 of 10 shooting by Austin Freeman, the conference's third-leading scorer.
Jason Clark was the only other Georgetown player in double figures with 10 points, including a layup that gave the Hoyas their biggest lead of the night, 49-38, with 6:40 remaining.
USF's leading scorer, Augustus Gilchrist, had his best game in nearly a month, however his 22 points on 10 of 16 shooting wasn't enough to prevent the Bulls (8-20, 2-13) from losing for the 15th time in 17 games.
Freeman, averaging just over 18 points, was held in single digits for the first time in 13 games and only the third time this season. His previous low was six, when the senior guard also was 2 of 10 from the field in a loss to St. John's on Jan. 3.
The Hoyas finished the opening half on an 11-2 run to lead 28-26 at the break. Freeman missed his first four shots before finally making a layup for his first points with just over 17 minutes remaining, and he didn't score again until making a contested jumper in the lane to put the Hoyas up 55-47 with less than 2 minutes to go.
Wright took over from there, sinking six straight free throws down the stretch to keep Gilchrist, Hugh Robertson and Jawanza Poland from pulling off an improbable comeback. Robertson scored 10 points and Poland finished with 12, including a highlight-reel dunk that pulled the Bulls to 57-53.
USF fell to 11-93 all-time against ranked opponents, including 0-10 this season. The Bulls are in the midst of a stretch in which they've played four of five games against Top 25 teams - and the lone non-ranked foe, Marquette, rallied from a 16-point, second-half deficit to win.
Georgetown was 11 of 12 from the foul line, with Wright making all eight of his attempts.
The Hoyas have won nine of 10 following a three-game slide against St. John's, West Virginia and Pittsburgh that dropped the Hoyas to 1-4 in the conference in early January.
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