One reason for Georgetown's surge over the past month has been its improved shooting from 3-point range.
Marquette can also shoot with high proficiency, but defending the perimeter is where it tends to run into trouble.The 11th-ranked Hoyas look to extend their winning streak to eight Sunday when they host the Golden Eagles in a matchup of two of the Big East's top offenses.After shooting 25.6 percent from beyond the arc during a 1-4 start to conference play, Georgetown (19-5, 8-4) has connected on 40.3 percent of its 3s during its seven-game winning streak. The Hoyas, who haven't lost since falling to first-place Pittsburgh on Jan. 12, made 9 of 21 3-pointers in Wednesday's 64-56 victory at 12th-ranked Syracuse.Three of Georgetown's last four wins have come against teams ranked 15th or higher. This is the longest conference winning streak for the Hoyas since they reeled off 11 in a row in 2006-07."Coming off our last win over Syracuse is a great feeling," said sophomore forward Hollis Thompson, who is 12 of 19 (63.2) from 3-point range during the winning streak. "A lot of times teams come off big wins and kick their feet up when they need to be on their toes. I think we recognize that because we've been through that in the past. I think we're going to stay focused and stay on top of that."Thompson hit all three of his 3-point attempts and finished with 11 points against the Orange, while senior guard Austin Freeman scored a game-high 14.Freeman is averaging 21.0 points during the winning streak after averaging 9.7 in the three-game losing streak that immediately preceded it.The Hoyas, whose 50.3 overall field-goal percentage ranks second in the nation, are unbeatable when they get hot from long range. Georgetown is 12-0 when making at least six 3-pointers, and 16-0 when shooting at least 33 percent from beyond the arc.This doesn't bode well for Marquette (15-9, 6-5), which has allowed opponents to make 41.0 percent of their 3-point attempts in six conference road games.Marquette does have enough offense to overcome some defensive struggles. The Golden Eagles lead the Big East in scoring at 78.5 points per game and rank second with a 48.3 field-goal percentage.The Golden Eagles couldn't get much going offensively Wednesday against South Florida yet still managed to win 59-58. They shot 39.3 percent, finished with a season low in points and missed seven straight free throws in the final 1:03, leaving coach Buzz Williams flabbergasted."I'm not sure there's an appropriate way. ... I don't think there's words to justify the ebb and flow of that game," Williams said. "But for it to play out the way that it did, relative to the result from our perspective, I don't know if there's any philosophical way to describe it."Jae Crowder led the Golden Eagles with 14 points, while Darius Johnson-Odom, who averages a team-high 16.0 points, scored a season-low seven.Johnson-Odom was limited to 11 total points while shooting 4 of 15 as the teams split two meetings last season. Freeman totaled 32 points for Georgetown.The Hoyas lost by three points at Marquette in January 2010, then beat the Golden Eagles 80-57 in the Big East tournament semifinals.