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Win streaks to clash as TCU takes on Georgetown

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Dec 5, 2021; Columbia, South Carolina, USA; Georgetown Hoyas head coach Patrick Ewing yells from the sidelines against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the first half at Colonial Life Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 5, 2021; Columbia, South Carolina, USA; Georgetown Hoyas head coach Patrick Ewing yells from the sidelines against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the first half at Colonial Life Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

TCU will put to the test a five-game winning streak and the early momentum it has created in a matchup with surging Georgetown on Saturday as part of the Big East-Big 12 Battle at Washington, D.C.

The Horned Frogs and Hoyas will face off for the first time ever, and both teams feel they have something to prove.

The early resume for TCU (8-1) includes a 68-64 victory over former Southwest Conference rival Texas A&M last Saturday at Houston. Charles O’Bannon Jr. tied a career high with 18 points for the Horned Frogs, with Emanuel Miller adding 13 points, Mike Miles Jr. scoring 12 and Eddie Lampkin hitting for 10 points with 10 rebounds.

That victory followed a 76-62 home triumph over Utah three days earlier and showed Horned Frogs’ coach Jamie Dixon that his team continues to improve.

“I told my guys we got a win over a Pac-12 team in Utah, an SEC team in Texas A&M and now let’s go get one over a Big East team,” Dixon said. “That’s our mentality moving forward in this stretch of the season.”

Georgetown (6-4) has won three consecutive games, the most recent an 85-73 victory at home over Howard on Wednesday.

Hoyas freshman Tyler Beard had a season-high 23 points against Howard, with Collin Holloway hitting for 15 points, Donald Carey scoring 14 points, Malcolm Wilson posting a career-high 13 points, and Dante Harris contributing 10 points.

The Hoyas shot 55.2 percent from the floor and earned a 41-30 edge in rebounding despite having only seven scholarship players available because of injury or illness.

“It’s all about taking advantage of your opportunities,” Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing said. “We worked on going small in shootaround, we went small, and the guys did a great job. It was just a great effort by everyone.”

–Field Level Media