Washington (CNN) – Ask any Georgetown University Law Center professor how to beat the best basketball players Congress has to offer, and they might quote the Beatles: All you need is Love. Reggie Love, that is.
The former Duke University player and personal aide to President Obama took to the court Wednesday night in a surprise appearance to help the "Hoya Lawyas" faculty team defeat a congressional squad, 49-42, in the 23rd annual "Home Court" charity basketball game in Washington.
The members of Congress, dubbed the "Hill's Angels," ended the first half with a 10-point lead, but the tide quickly turned when Love rotated in for the Georgetown team shortly before halftime.
Love was the faculty team's second-highest scorer, with 8 points for the night. Mervyn Jones, son of the late Ohio congresswoman and longtime Hill's Angels coach Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, was the leading scorer for the congressional team with 16 points, the most for any player in the game.
Other top congressional scorers were Democratic Reps. Patrick Murphy of Pennsylvania with 7 points and Michael Arcuri of New York with 6 points. Republican Rep. Jeff Flake of Arizona scored 4 points, all of them in free throws. Also scoring for the Hill's Angels were Democratic Reps. Gene Green of Texas, Frank Kratovil of Maryland, Brad Ellsworth of Indiana, and John Boccieri of Ohio.
Angels coach Laura Richardson, a Democratic congresswoman from California, took the loss in stride, but was quick to note Love's impact on the game.
"For the record, the Capitol Hill's Angels had established a streak by winning the last two years in a row," she told CNN. "However, all good things come to an end, especially when the 'Lawyas' break the rules and bring in an unannounced ringer."
Absent from the game were Hill's Angels co-captains John Thune, R-South Dakota, and Bob Casey, D-Pennsylvania, who were stuck in the Senate until 2:45 a.m. Thursday morning voting on 29 amendments to the health care reconciliation bill.
"Certainly, Sen. Thune and Casey could have helped to clog the middle and have always been good for several buckets," said Richardson, "But as we left the gym, the winners were the community, and for us members of Congress, we proved we can work and play together. Yes, even if it is off the court."
The event raised $371,000 for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.