MILWAUKEE — Coaches often turn to historical figures for help, conjuring the words of legendary sports figures or military leaders to motivate their players.
Georgetown coach John Thompson III? He's a Kenny Rogers man.
Or at least he was after watching his 11th-ranked Hoyas claw their way back for a 70-68 overtime victory over No. 21 Marquette on Saturday.
Given several opportunities to fold 'em, the Hoyas walked away atop the Big East standings.
"Seriously, this is a brutal league," Thompson said. "I've said many times, we're still sitting at the table: Kenny Rogers' The Gambler, we'll count our money when it's done."
The Hoyas have won 11 of 13, with the losses coming at Louisville and Syracuse. Roy Hibbert and Jonathan Wallace scored 20 each for Georgetown, and Wallace made two big plays that figured heavily in the outcome.
First Wallace was fouled on a 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds left in regulation and made all three free throws to force OT.
"I just knew I had to make the free throws," Wallace said. "I knew what was at stake."
Then, with his team down three early in overtime, Wallace banked in a 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down.
"We don't have a defense for the end-of-the-shot-clock, backboard 3 from 25 feet," Marquette coach Tom Crean said with a shrug.
NO. 15 UCONN 79, W. VA. 71: A.J. Price scored 24 as the host Huskies won their 12th in 13 games in their bid for a conference regular-season title.
PITT 82, SYRACUSE 77: Sam Young stole an inbounds pass and passed behind his back to Keith Benjamin for a layup with 8.8 seconds left to lead the Panthers to their fifth straight win at the Carrier Dome.
ST. JOHN'S 65, SETON HALL 62: Anthony Mason's 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left stopped the host Red Storm's five-game skid.