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05-13-2010 093915amMark Tillmon’s time at George­town Uni­ver­sity, from 19861990 will go down as some of the most excit­ing four year runs after the Patrick Ewing era of the bas­ket­ball program.

CAREER HIGH­LIGHTS

  • Four NCAA Tour­na­ment Appearances
  • Two NCAA Elite Eight Tour­na­ment Appearances
  • Two NCAA # 1 Seeds
  • Two Big East Reg­u­lar Sea­son Champion
  • Two Big East Con­fer­ence Tour­na­ment Champion
  • 1990 Big East Scor­ing Leader (21.6)
  • 1990 First Team All-​Big East Team
  • 1987 First Team All-​Big East Fresh­man Team
  • Ranks 1st on the Georgetown’s All-​Time 3’s Made in a Game (3)
  • Ranks 8th on the Georgetown’s All-​Time Points in a Sea­son (615)
  • Ranks 8th on the Georgetown’s All-​Time Scor­ing Aver­age in a Sea­son (19.8)
  • Ranks 10th on the Georgetown’s All-​Time Career Scor­ing list (1,598)
  • Ranks 24th on the Georgetown’s All-​Time Steals List (131)
  • Ranks 27th on the Georgetown’s All-​Time Career Scor­ing Aver­age (12.7)

Mark chose George­town because of it’s rich tra­di­tion, he felt it was a place he was wanted and needed as well as a place he could excel on the court and in the class­room. Dur­ing his four-​year tenure at G’town, Mark helped lead the Hoyas to two out­right Big East titles, two Big East tour­na­ment titles and four NCAA tour­na­ment appearances.

FRESH­MAN (19861987)

  • Started 25 of 32 Games
  • Ranked 3rd on Hoyas in Points Per Game (9.2)
  • Ranked 2nd on Hoyas in 3-​FG% (39%)
  • Named to the Big East All-​Freshman Team

Mark arrived at George­town Uni­ver­sity as a Parade McDonald\‘s guard from nearby Gon­zaga Col­lege HS, Mark was the key force in the Pur­ple Eagle’s 293 cham­pi­onship sea­son in 1986. At George­town, he took over from where David Wingate left off for a Hoyas team enjoy­ing a decade of dom­i­nance across the nation. Open­ing with 13 points in his debut, Till­mon started 25 games for the 1987 Big East champs. On a team’s whose stats were dom­i­nated by Reg­gie Williams, the fresh­man fin­ished third in scor­ing, earn­ing him­self a place on the Big East All-​Freshman team. Mark scored in dou­ble fig­ures in 13 of those games, with a sea­son high 19 points and seven rebounds in a 74-​71win over #6-​ranked DePaul at Cap­i­tal Center.

SOPHO­MORE (19871988)

  • Started 24 of 30 Games
  • Ranked 2rd on Hoyas in Points Per Game (13.8)
  • Ranked 1st on Hoyas in 3-​FG% (40%)

Though he had aver­aged in dou­ble fig­ures, Tillmon’s 39 per­cent shoot­ing was in need of improve­ment after the 8687 sea­son, and the 198788 sea­son pro­vided just that. Tillmon’s emerg­ing skills in the mid-​range jump shot paid big div­i­dends for the Hoyas in adjust­ing to life after Reg­gie Williams. Start­ing in 24 of 30 games, Till­mon shot 47 per­cent from the field and became just the sec­ond Hoya to post a 40 per­cent of bet­ter mark from three point range since it was intro­duced a sea­son ear­lier. The lead­ing scorer in nine games, six of these were in Big East play. Two of the biggest were a 19 point, 7 rebound effort at Syra­cuse, a game bet­ter known for Charles Smith’s finger-​roll at the buzzer, and a 35 point, 8 rebound effort in the sea­son finale ver­sus Seton Hall.

JUNIOR (19881989)

Till­mon lost his start­ing job to due to a back injury he suf­fered early in the sea​son​.to Jaren Jack­son early in the 198889 sea­son and sus­tained the first pro­tracted slump of his career. Side­lined for two games with the injury, Till­mon aver­aged just over four points per game through­out Decem­ber 1988 and early into Jan­u­ary 1989, but redis­cov­ered his touch within con­fer­ence play. One of the top scor­ers com­ing off the bench, Till­mon aver­aged 9.1 points per game in Big East play, includ­ing a pair of 14 point games against Boston Col­lege and an 18 point effort over Syra­cuse in the reg­u­lar sea­son finale. Till­mon wound up the year with a 16 point effort in the regional final lost ver­sus Duke.


SENIOR (19891990)

  • Started 31 of 31 Games
  • Ranked 1st on Hoyas in Points Per Game (19.8)
  • Ranked 1st on Hoyas in 3-​FG% (43.1%)
  • Lead Big East in Scor­ing (21.6)
  • First Team All-​Big East Team

Till­mon was never a flashy guard, but he just got things done. The 1990 sea­son saw him lead the Hoyas in one big game after another. He scored 27 in a win over North Car­olina in the Big East-​ACC Chal­lenge series (MVP), and scored 29 more in a 33 point rout of Vir­ginia Tech. Over a 15 day, six game stretch from Decem­ber 29 through Jan­u­ary 13, Till­mon aver­aged 26 points a game for a George­town team that won its first 14 games of the sea­son, topped off by a 39 point effort against Prov­i­dence. After a mid-​season loss to Con­necti­cut (only the sec­ond loss to the Huskies since 1981), Till­mon picked up the scor­ing with some notable indi­vid­ual per­for­mances: 26 at Vil­lanova, 25 ver­sus Seton hall, 20 at St. John’s. He matched his career high of 39 points set ear­lier against Prov­i­dence against the Fri­ars once again on Feb. 13, 1990 with a 39 point effort and a school record seven three point shots. The record has been matched only once in the last 18 years, that by Dar­rel Owens.

With dou­ble fig­ure efforts in 10 of his final 11 games, Till­mon fin­ished was named a first team All-​Big East selec­tion and grad­u­ated as the school’s sixth all time lead­ing scorer. Fol­low­ing George­town, he was signed to a free agent con­tract with the Utah Jazz, but was waived the week before sea­son started. After a cou­ple years in the CBA, Till­mon ended his career in Europe, then returned to the Wash­ing­ton area where he is cur­rently a col­lege bas­ket­ball ana­lyst for Com­cast Sport­snet and MASN.

Mark Tillmon’s years were some of the most pro­duc­tive in George­town bas­ket­ball his­tory. His teams from 1986 through 1990 were a com­bined 10224, 535 at home. His shoot­ing, defense, and team lead­er­ship were a sig­nif­i­cant part of a mem­o­rable run of George­town basketball.

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