The Georgetown Hoyas and the Wisconsin Badgers kicked off the 2015 2K Classic and with it college basketball at Madison Square Garden this season. The Hoyas won an ugly, turnover and foul-plagued game, 71-61, for their first win of the season (1-2) and move on to face Duke in the Classic championship game on Sunday. Wisconsin (2-2) will face VCU in the consolation game.
The Hoyas were led by Isaac Copeland’s 15 points and 8 rebounds along with a surprising 14-point contribution from Junior Reggie Cameron, who connected on four of his six attempts beyond the three-point line.
“Reggie made shots and that’s what he does,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III pointed out. Cameron was not surprised either.
“I know I can make shots,” he said. “Everyone wanted to play well and contribute and everyone did that today. We needed to win, we were 0-2.”
Georgetown played without sophomores Paul White and Tre Campbell due to injury and sickness, respectively. However, ten Hoyas still saw playing time.
Georgetown held Wisconsin to 30% shooting in the first half, but could only muster a 5-point halftime lead thanks to a 36% shooting performance themselves. The second half played out much the same way for Wisconsin, as they shot 32% for the game, while the Hoyas used slightly improved shooting to win the game by 10 points.
Nigel Hayes led the suddenly inexperienced Wisconsin team with 22 points. Ethan Happ added 12 points and 11 rebounds.