Jonathan Mitchell scored a career-high 24 points, including the clinching free throws with 4.1 seconds to play, and host Rutgers upset No. 7 Georgetown 71-68 on Sunday, the Scarlet Knights' first win over a top-10 team in seven years.
Mitchell's previous career high was 21 points against the Hoyas in an 88-63 loss in January.
He was 9-for-12 from the field for Rutgers (13-12, 3-9 Big East), which kept Georgetown (18-6, 8-5) from going on any extended run.
The Hoyas took a 66-65 lead on Greg Monroe's up-and-under move with 52 seconds to play. Dane Miller, who finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, had a tip-in with 21 seconds left to get back the lead for the Scarlet Knights, and he made two free throws with 10.1 seconds left.
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Austin Freeman's two free throws with 5.7 seconds left made it 69-68. Mitchell made his clinching free throws, then Freeman's 23-footer bounced off the rim at the buzzer.
Ohio State 72, Illinois 53: Jon Diebler scored 18 points, hitting six three-pointers, to lead visiting Ohio State.
After falling behind by one early, the Buckeyes (20-6, 10-3 Big Ten) used an 18-6 run to finish off the Illini (17-9, 9-4) early.
Demetri McCamey led Illinois with nine points — nearly seven short of his average.
The win kept the Buckeyes in a first-place tie in the Big Ten with Michigan State. The Illini fell from the top spot and are a game back of the leaders.
WKU might honor Lee
Western Kentucky is considering retiring former Hilltoppers star Courtney Lee's jersey. The school's athletic director, Wood Selig, said the effort will go to the committee that votes on whether to honor a player with a retired jersey.
Lee is tied with Jim McDaniels atop Western Kentucky's career scoring list (2,238 points), and he led the Hilltoppers to a surprise run to the Sweet 16 in the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
There are 10 retired jerseys in Diddle Arena. The earliest the honor could be bestowed would be next season, and there is the issue of matching up Lee's schedule with the Hilltoppers' home schedule.
Lee is a second-year guard for the Nets.