Sunday, March 10, 2024

20 Lead Changes End With LSU Upset of Georgetown (Pettit Over Iverson)

A record 20 lead changes in a Value Add Basketball Game between Georgetown 1995 and LSU 1953 ended in the first elimination of one of the six great player teams that received a bye. Eight first half turnovers by Georgetown helped LSU go to the break with a 33-29 lead, but once the Hoyas rallied for a 36-35 lead with 28 possessions (16:51) to play, the game went back and forth until two huge offensive rebounds by Bob Pettit put the Tigers ahead for good.

Pettit averaged 27 points and 14 rebounds in his LSU career and almost the same in a decade in the NBA. He was NBA Rookie if the year, and⁹9 then the next 9 years was in the top 6 of MVP voting every year - winning the award twice. So his 28 points and 11 rebound in this game was just another day at the office.

LSU, the 11-seed in our tournament, missed  shot trailing 65-64 with 6 possessions (3.21) left to play. However, Pettit grabbed the offensive rebound and dished to fellow dominant rebounder Ned Clark, who was fouled. Clark hit the first free throw to tie the game, and when he missed the second shot Pettit grabbed the offensive rebound again (on free throws the offense grabs the rebound less than 20 percent of the time compared to almost 40% on a missed field goal) and put it in to make it 67-65.

The Hoyas last chance was with 3 possessions (1:30) to play when Allen Iverson came up with his sixth steal trailing 71-67, but could not convert at the other end and Pettit's next basket made it 73-67. Iverson's final dunk at the end of the game simply tightened the final score. Below is the box score, updated bracket with LSU advancing to the Elite 8 of the new Great Players tournament, and the scoresheet to show the flow of the game with the 20 lead changes though only 6 tied scores as the teams normally traded 1-point leads. 

LSU did make the 1953 Final 4 and Georgetown just the Sweet 16, but the Hoyas cards appear several points better after facing tougher competition in their season and having two road wins against top 20 teams (Villanova and Syracuse). 

With four of the five top seeds advancing, the last one to play is Bob McAdoo's UNC 1972 team, which will await the winner of the Providence vs. Marshall game. (incorrect box score originally posted, now corrected)

Pos       LSU 1953                  Pts  3pt  2pt  FT  Att  Reb  Stl  Blk  Fl   Season Actual       
1-PGNorman Magee9203631145'11,13.3 ppg
2-SGBenny McArdle7120012125'10,8.1 ppg
3-SFDon Belcher6014470236'2,12.7 ppg
4-PFBob Pettit284800111016'9,31st best ever
5-CNed Clark9041280226'5,9.7 ppg
1-PGKenny Bridges2010010025'11,1.7 ppg
2-SGLeslie Jones2010010016'2,2.5 ppg
3-SFDon Sebastian4012210015'10,3.2 ppg
4-PFBob Freshley6030030016'6, 2.1 ppg
 15 Turnovers737211014360617 
PosGeorgetown 1995Pts3pt2ptFTAttRebStlBlkFlSeason Actual
1-PGAllen Iverson291114646036'0, 40th best ever
2-SGGeorge Butler7112232026'2, 11.2 ppg
3-SFDon Reid4020030136'8, 7.2 ppg
4-PFJerome Williams4020060016'9, 10.9 ppg
5-COthella Harrington12052270536'9, 12.2 ppg
1-PGEric Myles2010210015'10, 5.3 ppg
2-SGIrvin Church2010010016'1, 3.4 ppg
3-SFJohn Jacques5110021026'3, 5.9 ppg
4-PFBoubacar Aw2010030016'7, 4.0 ppg
5-CJahidi White2010020116'9, 2.3 ppg

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