- The Talent Gap
- From Stats To Spurs
- 2015-16 By The Numbers
- Harrington Inducted Into Athletic Hall of Fame
- Xavier 88, Georgetown 70
- Seton Hall 72, Georgetown 64
- Piling On
- Antonin G. Scalia (1936-2016)
- Providence 75, Georgetown 72
- Hayes Injured, Likely Out For Season
- Iverson Selected As Hall Of Fame Finalist
- The Man In The Middle
- Washington Post On Hoyas' Chances
- Students Staying Home?
- Georgetown 92, St. John's 67
- Post-Game Reaction
- NCAA Statistics
- Seton Hall 69, Georgetown 61
- Post-Game Reaction
- FoxSports.com On Hoyas: "Primed To Miss" NCAA's
- Butler 87, Georgetown 76
Butler 90, Georgetown 87 (OT)
Updated 2/27/16 11:45 EST
America's Most Underperforming College Team nearly defied the odds, but in the 2015-16 season, the odds always go against this team.
Instead, for the first time in 12 years, the Georgetown Hoyas have moved below .500 in a 90-87 loss to Butler thanks to 23 Georgetown turnovers. GU's poor play allowed Butler a much needed win, despite the Bulldogs' horrid late game free throw shooting that allowed Georgetown to score 11 of the last 12 points of the game to force overtime.
Georgetown opened the game with good defense on Butler, limiting the Bulldogs to 1 for 6 shooting...that is, if his name wasn't Kellen Dunham. The senior guard scored Butler's first 12 points, including a run where the Bulldogs outscored the Hoyas 11-2 thanks to six Georgetown turnovers in a stretch of seven possessions. By the time John Thompson III called a time out at the 13:30 mark of the first half, the Hoyas were trailing 16-8.
Fourteen of Butler's first 21 points were conversions from GU turnovers and the Hoyas continued to give Butler plenty of opportunities. Down just two midway in the first half, turnovers fueled a 13-4 Butler run that gave them a 31-20 lead with 6:30 to play. A pair of baskets by Marcus Derrickson closed to 33-28, as Dunham missed his last six shots and Georgetown as able to close to two, 35-33, with 3:02 to halftime. Turnovers and mental mistakes followed, the most noticeable being L.J. Peak fouling Dunham on a three point basket, allowing a four point play to send Butler up nine, 44-35, sn advantage they maintained at the break 46-37. Despite shooting 58% in the first half, the Hoyas coughed up 12 turnovers that converted to 19 Bulldog points.
Georgetown seemed lost opening the second half, with Derrickson picking up consecutive fouls within 15 seconds of each other as Butler extended its lead to 52-41. Six straight points by D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and better defense propelled Georgetown on an 13-0 run of its own to retake the lead 54-52 midway through the half, but another run of turnovers doomed the Hoyas again. Six more turnovers over the next seven possessions handed Butler the tools for a 16-0 run which built a 14 point lead, 68-54, with 7:05 left.
Butler led by 13, 79-66, with 2:34 to play, but its foul shooting was deteriorating rapidly and the Hoyhas took advantage. baskets by Smith-Rivera and Peak closed the count to 79-70 at the 1:10 mark, whereupon kelan Martin missed two free throws and Isaac Copeland answered with a three, 79-73. A missed layup by Butler's Dunham was answered with a Copeland basket at the 0:46 mark, 79-75. A Butler turnover followed, converted by Reggie Cameron to close to two with 0:28 remaining, 79-77.
Butler was hanging on, but barely. Guard Roosevelt Jones was fouled with 20 seconds in a run where BU had missed 12 of its previous 24 free throw attempts. He made one of two, 80-77, whereupon with 3.7 seconds to play, Copeland was fouled on a three point shot and sank all three free throws to force overtime.
In the overtime, neither team took charge. The Hoyas missed its first five attempts as Butler continued its miscues at the line, missing four of eight. Having lost D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera to fouls early in the period (only his third foul-out of his college career), GU relied on Isaac Copeland to carry the team.
A basket by Copeland closed to 87-86 with 47 seconds remaining, but he turned the ball over with 18 seconds to play and the Bulldogs added two free throws. A half court shot by Tre Campbell was blocked at the buzzer.
Georgetown shot 49 percent for the game and held a 42-32 lead in rebounds, but its ball handling was atrocious, with 23 turnovers that accounted for 34 Butler points. The Hoyas posted 32 fouls in 40 minutes, giving Butler 20 extra free throws for the game, which was crucial in securing their victory. Again.
The loss all but guarantees Georgetown for the lowly Wednesday night game in Big East tournament action against either DePaul or St. John's, who aren't very good but represent the last two teams GU played in the opening round, and each of them beat Georgetown in its respective games.
Without a sweep at Marquette and at Villanova, which is now prohibitive, Georgetown's season will likely end out of the post-season for the first time in the John Thompson III era.
The Georgetown half of the box score:
MIN 2FG 3FG FT REB A PF PTS Starters: Campbell 31 4-6 0-2 0-1 2 2 3 8 Smith-Rivera 39 8-14 0-4 10-10 4 4 5 26 Copeland 33 4-9 1-5 6-7 5 2 3 17 Derrickson 23 1-1 3-3 0-0 4 0 5 11 Govan 29 2-5 0-0 0-0 10 0 3 4 Reserves: Peak 26 3-5 2-2 2-2 4 2 5 14 Cameron 8 1-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 2 Williams 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 0 Johnson 20 0-1 1-1 2-4 3 0 5 5 Mourning 13 0-0 0-1 0-0 2 2 1 0 Team Rebounds 8 TOTALS 225 23-42 7-19 22-24 42 14 32 87
Senior Day Home Attendance
Saturday's game was the smallest atterndance for a Georgetown home finale since 2001:
|3/5/1988||W||102||98||Seton Hall||Capital Centre||10,243|
|3/1/1995||W||96||92||Seton Hall||US Air Arena||15,012|
|3/2/1996||W||106||68||Villanova||US Air Arena||19,035|
|2/26/1997||W||69||59||Rutgers||US Air Arena||11,017|
|2/21/1998||W||84||67||Boston College||MCI Center||14,964|
|2/20/1999||L||66||74||St. John's||MCI Center||15,789|
|3/4/2000||L||65||77||Notre Dame||MCI Center||14,304|
|3/8/2003||L||80||86||Notre Dame||MCI Center||17,875|
|3/6/2004||L||55||60||Virginia Tech||MCI Center||11,286|
|2/27/2012||W||59||41||Notre Dame||Verizon Center||14,514|
|3/7/2015||W||73||67||Seton Hall||Verizon Center||14,392|
Senior Salute: D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera
In advance of Saturday's home finale, a look back at the team's three graduating seniors. Next: D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera.
By sheer numbers, D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera will end his Georgetown career among the greatest Hoyas of all time: points, three point field goals, foul shooting, assists. But much like Kevin Braswell, the accolades are tempered by the post-season: unless the Hoyas rally this season, he will have earned just one NCAA win in his four years on the Hilltop.
"DSR" grew up in Indianapolis, winning a state title at Indianapolis North Central, then prepping a year at Oak Hill. Committing to Georgetown in October 2011, Smith-Rivera averaged 8.2 points per game off the bench as a freshman, with a career high 33 against DePaul. Beginning with his sophomore season, he has started the past three seasons, missing just one start due to arriving late to a practice in December 2013. He led the team in scoring as a sophomore, and ever since, becoming only the eighth letterman since 1946 to lead the tam in scoring three years in a row--the last three were Eric Floyd, Patrick Ewing, and Michael Sweetney.
Smith-Rivera had an all-conference season in 2014-15, leading the team in scoring in 21 games as Georgetown returned to the NCAA tournament, and he finished in the top ten in the conference in five major statistical categories. In March, Smith-Rivera announced his intention to declare for the NBA draft, but following an early prognosis that he would not be drafted, he reversed course and announced he would return for his senior season. With the announcement, Georgetown rocketed into Top 20 pre-season polls, and Smith-Rivera would later be named the preseason player of the year at the 2015-16 pre-season Media Day.
While his scoring as a senior closely matches that of his award-winning junior season, the loss of three starters from that 2014-15 team took its toll on the Georgetown team that followed. When he is on his game, the Hoyas can beat just about anyone, but a slow start often doomed the Hoyas in critical games. Entering the final week of the season, Smith-Rivera leads the team in scoring, three pointers, free throws, assists and steals, and has accounted for five 30+ point games in his career, a number matched by only five other Georgetown players: Allen Iverson, Jim Barry, Reggie Williams, Michael Sweetney, and Victor Page.
A model of consistency, Smith-Rivera fouled of only two games in his college career, yet will long be remembered for his free throw shooting, which ranks second all-time and the most of any four year letterman. DSR will finish in the top six in both free throws made and attempted, and was as dominant a late game performer from the line as the Hoyas have seen since Jonathan Wallace a decade earlier.
The son of Mateo and Kelana Rivera, D'Vauntes is on target to graduate from the College this spring. Please show him your support when he is introduced at Saturday's game.
Senior Salute: Bradley Hayes
In advance of Saturday's home finale, a look back at the team's three graduating seniors. Next: Bradley Hayes.
Three years into his college career, Bradley Hayes was every bit the project that he was arriving at Georgetown in 2012. Among nearly 200 scholarship basketball athletes at Georgetown with three or more years on the varsity over the last 70 years, he ranked in the bottom three in points scored, with only Lonnie Duren (1976-80) and Vladimir Bosanac (1990-93) trailing him.
Overcoming long odds is at the heart of the Bradley Hayes story. growing up in Jacksonville, FL, Hayes entered high school at a mere 6-2 and proceeded to grow ten inches in three years, leading to a variety of injuries that limited his basketball development. Hayes was literally growing into his frame, and by his senior season t Sandalwood HS he scored 13 points and averaged 12 rebounds a game. Hayes chose Georgetown over interest from Georgia and Connecticut, but his would be a long climb up the depth chart.
Hayes appeared in only nine games as a freshman, failing to score--he sat alongside fellow freshman brandon Bolden, who also failed to score a basket that year. While Bolden transferred to Kansas State, Hayes stayed on course. Sophomore year wasn't much better, with 14 points in 16 games, and six of them coming in just two games. Hayes rededicated himself to learning the game and putting in the time in the weight room and in practices for when he was called upon. By junior season, Hayes was still a fixture on the bench: eight points in 15 games. On March 19, 2015, Bradley Hayes arrived.
The opening round of the 2015 NCAA's put Georgetown in an awkward position. Its poor showing in past tournaments had led the #4-seeded Hoyas to be a universal pick for an early exit--the coach at #13 seed Eastern Washington had publicly predicted a win against Georgetown, and with nine minutes remaining in the first half, Eastern Washington was on their way to following script where schools like Ohio, Virginia Commonwealth, and Florida Gulf Coast had embarrassed its share of John Thompson III-coached teams. The Hoyas had just given up back to back threes to trail 21-15 when Hayes entered the game and helped steady the Hoyas at a critical point of the game. An offensive rebound and a put-in, followed by a rebound and short jumper closed the gap to 24-19. After EWU let loose with another three, 24-20, Hayes answered with a third basket (surpassing his career high). An assist followed, then two free throws that gave Georgetown a 31-30 lead. Georgetown then ended the half on a 13-4 run, and Hayes delivered.
"That's what this time of year is about," said coach Thompson in pos-game remarks. "What B.J. did today is unbelievable. That's what this tournament is about, stories like that. B.J. articulated it best. We tell them to be ready, be ready. He was ready."
With the departure of Josh Smith in the starting lineup, Hayes was tabbed to start at center his senior year. He shocked the stat sheet with a 19 point, 12 rebound effort in the season opener, and became a consistent inside presence for the Hoyas, with a old-school hook shot that seemed untouchable by opponents. Hayes started every game this season until a hand injury suffered in practice on Feb. 11 took him out of the lineup, and surgery followed. Though Georgetown would not say as such, the Hoyas' dwindling post-season hopes strongly suggest Hayes has played his last college basketball game barring an unusually fast recovery.
Bradley Hayes made the most of his Georgetown education, and while his basketball career was cut short by injury, he will have a place among those select Hoyas who stepped up when called upon.
The son of Bradley Sr. and Mary Hayes, Bradley is on target to graduate from the College this spring. Please show him your support when he is introduced at Saturday's game.
Senior Salute: Riyan Williams
In advance of Saturday's home finale, a look back at the team's three graduating seniors. First up: Riyan Williams.
A three year walk-on, Riyan Williams is among just four father-son combinations that have ever played basketball at Georgetown. He never got the playing time of his father, all-American and NBA veteran Reggie Williams (C'87), but Riyan was a consistent contributor throughout the last three years.
Williams played at Archbishop Carroll HS, where Reggie once served as basketball coach.
"It was a hard experience," Williams remarked in a 2013 interview. "My dad and I bump heads on the court sometimes and then that occasionally would translate to home. So, it was kind of hard, but I looked past that and worked hard to get to the point where I could potentially walk on at a great school, especially trying to follow in his footsteps."
After his freshman year, Williams tried out for the team and won a place as a walk-on alongside fellow sophomore David Allen. The two saw little time over the next two seasons, but when Allen did not return to the team in 2015-16, Williams was the lone walk-on for the 2015-16 Hoyas.
Williams played sparingly in the John Thompson III system, but valued his opportunity even before joining the team.
"I look up to my dad so much, in all aspects of life, as a teacher, father, mentor and everything. So being able to put on the same jersey that he wore years ago, hypothetically, would be the greatest thing ever. It would honestly be the happiest day of my life. Even if I never played a minute for this school it would be great to put on the same jersey and rep the same school that my father helped raise a banner for."
The son of Reginald and Kathy Williams, Riyan is on target to graduate from the College this spring. His statistics are as follows. Please show him your support when he is introduced at Saturday's game.
The Talent Gap
At the start of the 2015-16 season, hopes were high that a trio of sophomores would carry the Georgetown Hoyas to national acclaim. It hasn't happened, writes a columnist at The HOYA.
"In the end, only one sophomore has made the leap, a leap that Thompson asked his players to make - a leap that, for all intents and purposes, was necessary for this team's aspirations," writes Paulo Santamaria. "Yes, the expectations were cemented by a flurry of media outlets, starving fans and hopeful Big East supporters. But the expectations came laden with many assumptions - assumptions that just because Smith-Rivera returned for a final year that the team would do something special. Georgetown would finish second, maybe even first, in the conference, make the tournament and advance to the second weekend of the big dance for the first time since 2007. The team would give its fans a storybook season. But it won't, and it can't."
"To go from aiming to make a deep tournament run to just striving to win the final home game of the season is indeed a far drop in expectations. But these expectations, while justified and reasonable, are mostly manufactured. This iteration of Georgetown basketball is coming off losing four seniors from last year who played regular minutes and combined to score over 40 percent of the team's points last season - not to mention the leadership and consistency that Thompson needed from this year's sophomores."
From Stats To Spurs
When one looks at the list of captains of the basketball team over 110 years, one name stands apart: Ryan Growney (B'02, who was captain in 2001-02 despite not having played on the team.
Growney was elected by the team from his work as a manager, and those management skills are profiled in a Las Vegas article about his work managing the South Point Hotel and Casino.
In the competitive Las Vegas hotel landscape, the South Point has built a niche among the various rodeo conventions that go to the city, as the South Point built its own equestrian center and 4,600 seat arena.
"By no means am I a terrific cowboy," said Growney, "but I can ride a horse, move cattle, load trucks, feed, do all the things you have to be able to do to take care of these animals."
2015-16 By The Numbers
Some numbers of interest with the Hoyas on a seven day break until their home finale with Butler:
Harrington Inducted Into Athletic Hall of Fame
A capacity crowd at Lohrfink Auditorium welcomed Othella Harrington (C'96) and six enshrinees to the Georgetown Athletic Hall of Fame this weekend.
Harrington was emotional in his speech, thanking teammates, coaches, family, and friends that supported him since leaving Jackson, MS in 1992 to attend Georgetown. Harrington is the 35th men's basketball player inducted since 1953, and only the eighth in the John Thompson era (1972-99).
The Big East Rookie of the Year in 1993, Harrington ended his Georgetown career ranked among the top five in points and rebounds. He followed it up with a 13 year NBA career. "Of the 20 high schoolers who played alongside Harrington in that 1992 McDonald's All Star Game, only seven ever made it to the NBA, and only three others [were] still playing ten seasons later," noted the Georgetown Basketball History Project. Harrington served as director of basketball operations at Georgetown from 2011-15.
Also inducted were former rowing coach Tony Johnson, Stacy Duca (N'97, lacrosse), Jim Coale (B'95, lacrosse), track and field teammates Caryn Landau (F'95) and Jolene Staeheli (C'96), and Conal Groom (C'95, rowing).
Xavier 88, Georgetown 70
Hall of Fame coach Al McGuire once said that most important minutes of a college basketball game took place in the last four minutes of the first half and the first four minutes of the second half. Such was the case as the Georgetown Hoyas were clobbered by Xavier, 88-70, before an announced crowd of 10,352 at Verizon Center.
A decided underdog to the #7-ranked Musketeers, the Hoyas needed a better defensive effort to compete and got it early, holding Xavier to one field goals in its first five attempts and taking an early 5-4 lead. From this point, Xavier moved inside with relative ease, scoring on layups in three of its next four possessions. Georgetown retook the lead on an Isaac Copeland mid range jumper at the 12;49 mark, 14-13, but proceeded to stay outside, with minimal effect. As Georgetown strayed outside, it missed five straight three point attempts while Xavier returned to a familiar nemesis for Georgetown--the foul line--to add six uncontested points. A pair of baskets by Xavier's J.P. Macura extended the lead to 25-16 at the 8:14 mark of the first half.
With 4:00 to play in the first half, Georgetown trailed by ten, 31-21, the victim of remarkably poor outside shooting. A pair of baskets by D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera closed to six, a three from Reggie Cameron to three, and a free throw brought the Hoyas to within two at the break. And from that, it vanished after halftime. The Musketeers (24-3) scored the first 13 points of the second half, 48-33, without so much as a time out attempt by John Thompson III and his staff. Xavier made 12 of its first 13 attempts of the second half, most via layup, and Georgetown never got within 10 points for the final 15 minutes of a game. Xavier scored a season high 53 points in the second half, with 20 points coming from layups.
How dominant was Xavier's inside game? The Musketeers were 15 of 16 from the field from two point range and 17 for 22 overall, overpowering a Georgetown offense reduced to ill-advised three point shooting. The Hoyas took 22 three point attempts in the second half alone, missing 16 of them.
Xavier was able to neutralize three of the likely threats Georgetown as aiming to deploy in this game.
The first casualty was sophomore guard Tre Campbell, whose career high 21 points in the Jan. 19 game between the teams was the difference-maker in the Hoyas' upset. Campbell has been in an extended slump, averaging just three points per game since the Jan. 19 matchup. Campbell finished with five points in this one and was not a factor at either end of the court.
Georgetown's next hope was freshman center Jessie Govan, coming off a 27 point effort versus Seton Hall. Govan was outmatched at both ends of the court, scoring five points on 2 for 6 shooting.
If Campbell and Govan didn't provide a command performance, the Hoyas had to do well shooting from outside, and failed consistently. Georgetown took 37 three point attempts, a school record, making ten, a 27 percent rate. The errant shooting afforded Xavier a 16-5 advantage on fast break points, and while the X-men didn't shoot any better from outside (3 for 17), its inside game was no match for a Georgetown lineup which was spending too much time watching the game and not enough time playing for it.
Georgetown dropped its sixth game in its last seven, and seven of its last nine, bringing them to .500 for the first time in February since the 2003-04 season, and forcing a team with no discernible game plan to win two of its final three games merely to be in NIT consideration. The specter of John Thompson III's first losing season as a head coach at either Princeton or Georgetown may be imminent--and with it, an off-season of unhappy fans and supporters.
"When someone does shoots that well against you," said Thompson, "you have to go back and evaluate and re-evaluate every aspect of your defense."
A month ago, perhaps. Time has now run out.
The Georgetown half of the box score:
MIN 2FG 3FG FT REB A PF PTS Starters: Campbell 22 1-3 1-4 0-0 2 1 1 5 Smith-Rivera 40 3-3 4-11 0-0 4 7 4 18 Copeland 40 5-6 0-4 3-4 5 3 1 13 Derrickson 15 1-1 0-4 0-0 3 1 1 2 Govan 34 2-5 0-1 1-2 6 0 2 5 Reserves: Peak 18 2-3 1-5 5-6 2 3 3 12 Cameron 19 0-2 3-7 0-0 1 4 2 9 Johnson 7 0-0 1-1 1-2 3 0 3 4 Mourning 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 3 2 DNP: Williams Team Rebounds 4 TOTALS 200 15-24 10-37 10-14 30 19 20 70
Seton Hall 72, Georgetown 64
Jessie Govan came to play Wednesday night against Seton Hall. No one else followed.
The Georgetown Hoyas continued its "2004: Turn Back the Clock" tour with a soulless, disspirited effort against Seton Hall, a 72-64 loss before a Big East season-low 5,278 at Verizon Center Wednesday. Seton Hall failed to score a basket in the final 14:08 of the game and it made little difference on the final outcome--that's how bad this Georgetown team is right now.
Georgetown led 6-2 to open the game and that was about it. Seton Hall turned on the gas with a 19-4 run, much of it from inside passing and layups, that set the Hoyas on its heels and it never recovered. Five turnovers in its first seven minutes was a reminder of how little this Georgetown team has progressed, and the staff looked as if no one was listening.
Amidst it all, Jessie Govan put together a season-best performance. A Govan three with 8:24 remaining closed the margin to six, 24-18, whereupon the Hall scored the next five to go up 11, 29-18. Six straight points from L.J. Peak closed to one, but the Hoyas folded in the final minute of the half, as the Pirates scored seven straight to go up 36-28 at the break behind 11 points from Isaiah Whitehead. Georgetown had as many turnovers (10) as field goals, with nary a set play among them. The G-men were 8-12 from two point range but continued to flail from outside, missing 9 of 11 attempts.
Despite a collision late in the first half that sent him bleeding to the locker room, Govan returned to action at the opening of the second half with a set of stitches on his head. He scored the first six points of the second half as GU closed to 42-34. The rest of the team was punchless---repeated misses from outside from D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera were easy pickings for the Pirates, who outscored the Hoyas 10-0 to go up 51-36 with 14:08 to play. For reasons not easy to explain, that was the last field goal of the evening for Seton Hall, but they were never seriously threatened.
Georgetown closed to six on two occasions but demonstrably bad outside shooting and sending the Pirates on a constant parade to the line were all Kevin Willard needed en route to his 100th career win at The Hall. SHU scored on its next 21 free throws, while Georgetown managed only three baskets over an eight minute period. Nothing on the sideline not the court showed this was a Georgetown team with any enthusiasm or energy. There are still four games in the regular season and with the exception of Govan and Peak, the rest show few signs of life.
Seton Hall is now 14-0 when leading at the half, while Georgetown is a bewildering 1-12 when trailing at the half.
Govan led all scorers with 27 points and six rebounds. Smith-Rivera was 6 for 19, 2 for 9 from thee point range. Fool-hardy outside shooting appears to be the only play in Thompson's playbook these days, as GU was 6 for 27 from outside. Take out Govan's numbers, and it was just 2 for 22. The Hall were a +16 on free throws as Georgetown surrendered 24 fouls.
The loss marked the first time in school history Georgetown has been swept by Seton Hall and Providence in the same season. Dropping to seventh place in the standings, GU has lost five of six and owns one win in the month of February. Its 14-13 record is the worst since the 2003-04 season, which finished 13-15.
"It's evident that the Hoyas are playing in a lost season," writes Christopher Novak at SB Nation.
The Georgetown half of the box score:
MIN 2FG 3FG FT REB A PF PTS Starters: Campbell 23 0-1 0-2 0-0 0 5 3 0 Smith-Rivera 38 4-9 2-10 4-4 7 4 3 18 Copeland 25 3-5 0-3 0-0 4 1 3 6 Derrickson 28 0-1 0-3 2-2 7 1 2 2 Govan 37 6-8 4-5 3-3 7 0 4 27 Reserves: Peak 26 4-9 0-3 2-3 3 1 3 10 Cameron 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 Johnson 14 0-0 0-1 1-2 4 0 5 1 Mourning 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 DNP: Williams Team Rebounds 4 TOTALS 17-34 6-27 12-14 37 9 24 64
The Georgetown half of the box score:
From the Providence Journal, the newspaper's college basketball podcast spends some extra time discussing the Georgetown Hoyas, beginning at the 23:55 mark.
"I just can't understand Georgetown as a program, to me I look at them and I see a Dodge Viper being driven in second gear," said writer Bill Koch. "I don't understand how this team can be 14-12...their top eight players are players other programs couldn't dream of recruiting. They have no point guard, they have no consistency...for this league to continue to be viable, to be a national power, Georgetown has all the resources to be on par with Villanova, and it's just not happening."
"This is a disappointing group but if you really look close at it, it's explainable because they don't have a point guard," said writer Kevin McNamara. "You can't play without a point guard."
Antonin G. Scalia (1936-2016)
Off the sports pages, news of the passing of one of Georgetown University's most well known alumni: Antonin Scalia (C'57), associate justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Various reports Saturday confirm Scalia, 79, died in his sleep while on vacation in Texas. Scalia was a 1957 graduate of the College and was the longest serving justice on the current Court, having been approved 98-0 by the United States Senate on Sept. 17, 1986. According to reports, he is the first associate justice to die in office since 1954.
A statement from Georgetown president Jack DeGioia (C'79, G'95) reads as follows:
"On behalf of our entire community, I wish to extend my sincerest condolences to the family of Justice Antonin Scalia (C'57) and his colleagues on the Supreme Court of the United States. Justice Scalia was an extraordinary man of devout faith, whose life and career bore witness to the intellectual excellence and commitment to justice central to the Catholic and Jesuit tradition of education. His steadfast dedication to public service through the law was exemplary and he will be deeply missed by so many here in our community and across our nation. We are proud to call him a son of Georgetown."
The Wall Street Journal has reprinted a copy of the 1957 Cohonguroton Address that a 21 year old Scalia, as valedictorian of the class, presented as part of the College's Tropaia exercises. An excerpt is worth sharing here:
"We should measure the success of these past four years, not by particles of truth that we have captured, for they are only grains of sand along an ocean shore, and soon even these may trickle from our memories. But if, by means of them, we have learned to love the truth, learned the art of hunting her, learned how to think, how to take an idea that lies dead between the pages of a book and make it live within our minds, then we leave here wise, we leave here ardent, skillful seekers of the truth, we leave here men.
So much lies behind us and is past. Now from this mountain where we stand tonight, let us turn around and look ahead, down across the broad green valley into which the trail of our existence winds. What we will do separately in the future is not completely different from what we have done together here in the past. New duties will be added; we shall have to earn our own livelihood, raise a family, nourish and support a new generation of our race. But besides all this, what we must do as men, the essential and distinctive duty of our tribe, is to continue searching for the truth. This goal can never change...
Perhaps you think that I exaggerate our mission. But look about, and you will see the truth of what I say. If we will not lead, who will? Eliminate the great number of men who have never heard the voices of the past, who know nothing of the heritage of human wisdom, who begin their hunt alone and totally unaided. These may follow, but they will never lead. Eliminate again the men who have not heard the Word of Christ whispered to the soul. They search, but they do not know what they are searching for. They are not chasing truth, but merely clutching at her shadow. Their eyes can see only the ground, and watch this shadow, while truth wings high above them. They lack the eyes of faith, which alone can pierce into eternity, and so are doomed to lose the way, and miss the truth, and overlook the light.
Who, then, remains? Only ourselves trained in reason and in faith. If we will not be leaders of a real, a true, a Catholic intellectual life, no one will! We cannot shift responsibility to some vague 'chosen few.' We are the chosen few. The responsibility rests upon all of us, whatever our future professions. For the intellectual life, which is essentially the never-ending search for truth of which we spoke, does not belong to the college and the university… But it should stretch far beyond, to wherever there is a man to think. It is our task to carry and advance into all sections of our society this distinctively human life, of reason learned and faith believed. If we fail to do this, if we allow the cares of wealth or fame or specialized career, to stifle our spirit of wonder, to turn us from the hunt, to kill in us what was most human, then we shall have betrayed ourselves, our society, our race. If we really love the truth, we will believe that we have been shown a marvelous pathway, that we must brace ourselves at once to follow it, that life will not be worth living if we do otherwise! This prize is great. The risk is glorious."
Providence 75, Georgetown 72
2/13/16 Updated 10:30 pm EST
"We can't play a half of basketball like we did in the first half and win a game in this league. That said, if we play like we did in the second half, we might not lose a game in this league."--John Thompson III
Two fateful plays prevented the Georgetown Hoyas from its greatest comeback in school history, rallying from a 26 point first half deficit to close to one with 1.4 seconds remaining, only to fall to #20-ranked Providence 75-72 and move closer to a point of no return for the 2015-16 season.
Georgetown never led in this game. Forced by the injury of senior Bradley Hayes to put center Jessie Govan into his first ever collegiate start, the freshman picked up a turnover and two fouls within the first three minutes of play, forcing Georgetown to bring up Trey Mourning from the bench. Govan's second foul came on a three point shot attempt by Ryan Fazekas, putting the Friars up six, 9-3. Although the Hoyas closed to four, 13-9, six minutes into the game, the Friars began to make a statement and Georgetown seemed lost in translation.
A three pointer from center Ben Bentil put the Friars up eight, 17-9. The teams combined to miss its next nine shots combined until layups by Kris Dunn and Kyron Cartwright put the Friars up 11, 21-9. Consecutive Georgetown turnovers an a pair of Dunn free throws put PC up 13. Two more turnovers followed and PC went up 26-9, a 13-0 run. baskets by Isaac Copeland and Jessie Govan failed to step a tide of Providence offense that overwhelmed the Hoyas on national television. Baskets by Rodney Bullock and Junior Lomomba put the Friars up 20 with 4:31 to halftime, while Gu missed three of its next four as the Friars extended the lead to 26, 42-16, with 2:17 to play. Georgetown was shooting just 18 percent from the field. A 13-6 run by Georgetown closed the gap to 20 at the half, 49-29, the largest halftime deficit for the Hoyas since a Jan. 8, 2005 game versus #10-ranked Connecticut.
Georgetown ended the first half with as many baskets as fouls (nine), allowing the Friars to shoot 51 percent from the field. With a combined record of 1-10 in games where it was tied or trailing at the half, there seemed little spark on the Georgetown bench in a sustained comeback.
And all the more surprising, the second half saw a much more focused and patient Georgetown, eager to take advantage of a Providence team which had struggled at key moments of the fist half but without resolve from the Hoyas.
Step one of the comeback? A three pointer from Marcus Derrickson and a dunk from L.J. Peak, cutting the lead to 15. Dunks by Copeland and Govan eroded the deficit to 12, 54-42, with 13;25 to play. Consecutive PC turnovers failed to result in Georgetown points, but off a third PC misfire, Peak sank an open three to close to nine with 11:54 remaining, 54-45. Game on.
Georgetown closed to seven at the midway mark of the half before Rodney Bullock, quiet in the second half after 17 points in the first, rallied the faltering Friars with a three pointer to get PC back in double digits, 61-51. A basket by Dunn put PC up 12, 63-51, with 7:51 to play, but it turned out to be Providence's last field goal of the evening. Frequent georgetown fouls provided PC the offense at the line, but Georgetown needed to get back into the game.
Georgetown's best run of the afternoon followed, with baskets on three straight possessions to close to eight, 65-57, with 5:52 to play. A Peak steal and basket closed to six, 65-59. PC added three more at the line to lead by nine with 4:38 to play, and when Kris Dunn picked up a foul with 4:24 to play, it was PC's third foul of the half compared with 12 for Georgetown.
A much more important foul followed at the 3;14 mark when, down seven, Derrickson was fouled on a three point attempt, hitting all three free throws and closing to four at the 3:14 mark. Govan picked up his fifth foul with 2:58 to play, answered by a pair of free throws by Bentil to put PC up six, 70-64. On the next series, the Hoyas went outside to D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, whose 0 for 5 effort to date was among the poorest of his career. DSR answered with an open three, 70-67. It was the only points he would score on the afternoon.
A free throw by Bentil put PC up four. DSR went back outside but was blocked by Dunn at the 2:06 mark. A strong Georgetown defense forced a long three that fell short for Bentil, but on the next possession, Trey Mourning channeled the ghost of Roy Hibbert from the arc and sank a three with 1:08 remaining, 71-70. Two more PC free throws followed, 73-70, whereupon Copeland was fouled on a three point shot with 10 second remaining. Three free throws would tie the score, but Copeland missed the first. His next two free throws closed to 73-72.
Down one at 73-72, the Georgetown defense inexplicably left center Ben Bentil open on the inbounds pass, forcing a foul on the Friars' best free throw shooter, with two FT's to go up 75-72. On its last play, Georgetown mistakenly went to D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera to bring the ball up--DSR was 1 for 8 on the game and never passed the ball, short-shooting a three point attempt with 1.5 seconds to play that was partially deflected by Dunn.
Marcus Derrickson led the Hoyas with 18 points as fouls did in the G-men once again. PC got to the line 36 times compared to just 16 for the Hoyas, who finished the game shooting 43 percent from the field. Rodney Bullock finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Friars, ending its three game losing streak.
Another winnable game in February that Georgetown will come to regret in March.
The Georgetown half of the box score:
MIN 2FG 3FG FT REB A PF PTS Starters: Campbell 17 0-1 1-4 0-0 1 3 3 3 Smith-Rivera 33 0-3 1-5 0-0 5 3 4 3 Copeland 38 4-6 0-4 4-5 1 2 2 12 Derrickson 33 3-4 2-6 6-6 9 5 3 18 Govan 17 5-6 0-0 3-4 2 0 5 13 Reserves: Peak 32 3-6 3-6 0-0 4 3 3 13 Cameron 10 0-0 0-1 0-0 1 0 0 0 Johnson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 Mourning 19 3-4 1-2 1-1 5 1 4 10 DNP: Williams Team Rebounds 0 TOTALS 17-30 8-28 14-16 28 17 25 72
Hayes Injured, Likely Out For Season
2/13/16 11:30 am EST
Senior center Bradley Hayes may have reached the end of his college career with a hand injury suffered in practice and announced Saturday:
"It is a blow to our team, but I'm very disappointed for Bradley because of the hard work he has put in over the last four years to put himself in a position to have a good senior year," said coach John Thompson III in a brief statement. "He had successful surgery today and we expect him to fully recover but we are not sure when he will return."
Freshman Jessie Govan will start Saturday. Georgetown is down to nine scholarship players on the team.
Iverson Selected As Hall Of Fame Finalist
Allen Iverson (ex '98), a two time All-American at Georgetown from 1994-96 and a 14 year NBA veteran, was selected as a finalist to the 2016 class for the Naismith National Basketball Hall of Fame.
His accomplishments via NBA.com are as follows: "A nine-time NBA All-Star (2000-06, 2008, 2009), Iverson played 14 NBA seasons averaging 26.7 points and 6.2 assists per game. A three-time All-NBA First Team selection (1999, 2001, 2005), he led the league in scoring average four times (1999, 2001, 2002, 2005), steals per game three times (2001-03) and minutes per game seven times (1999, 2001-04, 2006-08). Iverson was named NBA Rookie of the Year in 1997 and NBA MVP in 2001. The Hampton, Virginia native attended Georgetown University (1994-1996) where he set the school record for career scoring average and earned consensus First Team All-America honors (1996)."
The awardees will be announced April 4.
The Man In The Middle
Senior Bradley Hayes still remembers his first visit to McDonough Gymnasium. "I was imagining my jersey being up there one day. This was something that was a really big deal to me, to be up the with all of the pros who have come through here."
After three seasons, such dreams seemed wholly unlikely, but Hayes' senior year is much more hopeful, reports the Florida Times-Union.
"My mentality changed a lot," he said. "As a freshman, sophomore and a junior, I was worried about making mistakes, playing scared, afraid to mess up. If you play like that, you're going to be prone to making mistakes. It's a never-ending cycle."
"I hope to take basketball as far as it will let me go," he said. "I've always dreamed of the NBA and I think I can make that a reality. I know that you can't coach height and you can't coach heart. I've got those things. I think the sky is the limit."
Washington Post On Hoyas' Chances
Writes Patrick Stevens:
"The Hoyas (14-11) aren't in as bad a shape as many would assume, but they're also out of games against DePaul and St. John's. The closing six games in Big East play are a brute (at Providence, Seton Hall, Xavier, Butler, at Marquette and at Villanova), but the upshot is Georgetown has plenty of chances to claim quality victories. But it needs a strong finish to play its way into the field of 68."
Students Staying Home?
Monday's lack of student turnout figured prominently into a historic low attendance for a Georgetown Big East home game.
Just 5,369 attended the nationally telecast game, the lowest home attendance for a Georgetown-St. John's game since games were played at 4,200 seat McDonough Gymnasium. Since games were moved off-campus in 1981, only one Big East home game, a January 17, 2006 game with South Florida, drew a smaller crowd.
With the turnout, Georgetown is averaging 8,919 a game this season, with three home games remaining.
Georgetown 92, St. John's 67
A quick start was all Georgetown needed in a 92-67 walkover of St. John's Monday before a poorly attended game of just 5,369 at Verizon Center.
The Georgetown student section resembled a game over the Christmas holidays, with no more than 100 students choosing to show their support to a team which had dropped three of four. To its credit, the team never gave up itself, and sent a message early in this one that it was ready to go.
The Hoyas started strong and nevr let up. A three pointer by D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera opened the scoring and moved DSR past David Wingate for sixth place on the career scoring list. The Hoyas started off six for its first eight, but a remarkable four for four, taking an 18-8 lead in a game they never trailed. Early foul trouble hampered the Redmen, while the hoyas took full advantage of sophomores L.J. Peak and Isaac Copeland, each scoring 14 points in the first half. and combining for 13 of 14 Georgetown points over a five minute stretch of the half that put the Hoyas up 15, 35-20, with 7:18 in the first half. Georgetown led by as many as 20 in the half and carried a 48-32 lead into intermission, shooting 56 percent from the field and 7-12 from three point range. Thanks to some spotty GU defense, the Redmen shot 46 percent from the field but its 2-10 three point shooting was no match for the Hoyas' hot hand.
Two quick fouls in a 34 second run to open the second half sent Bradley Hayes to the bench, but St. John's could not get any closer than 14 as a result. Points from Smith-Rivera, Copeland, Jessie Govan, and Marcus Derrickson pushed the lead back to 20, The St. John's offense struggled in the second half, shooting just 37 percent from the field and missing its share of easy shots and setting up the Hoyas for a 39-27 advantage on rebounds. The redmen picked up only four second chance points all evening, trailing by 25 with 7:32 to play and never challenging thereafter.
Georgetown finished the game shooting 54 percent from the field, 10-22 from three point range, and 18-24 from the free throw line, including 11-12 in the second half. Three different Georgetown players scored 20 or more points, the first time in five years since this was done. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera led all scorers with 24, followed by 23 from Isaac Copeland and 20 from L.J. Peak. Reggie cameron added 12, while the rest of the team contributed just 13 points. St. John's shot 423 percent for the game but missed on 13 of 17 attempts from three point range.
The comfortable win, a close facsimile to the Hoyas' 93-73 win over the redmen on jan. 13, should be put in its proper context and then put away--St. John's has lost 15 straight and struggles to stay in Big East games this year. Saturday's game at Providence figures to be a much tougher game, and another gut check if the Hoyas are to make any case for a post-season future. For now, it's a welcome win.
The Georgetown half of the box score:
MIN 2FG 3FG FT REB A PF PTS Starters: Campbell 15 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 2 1 0 Smith-Rivera 34 3-7 3-6 9-10 2 2 1 24 Copeland 32 6-8 2-3 5-6 8 3 3 23 Derrickson 19 0-1 1-1 0-0 4 1 3 3 Hayes 14 2-3 0-0 0-1 5 1 4 4 Reserves: Peak 29 7-9 2-5 0-0 6 3 2 20 Cameron 21 2-3 2-5 2-4 6 3 3 12 Govan 21 1-4 0-1 0-1 3 3 4 2 Williams 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Johnson 9 1-1 0-0 2-2 2 3 3 4 Mourning 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 Team Rebounds 3 TOTALS 22-37 10-22 18-24 39 21 25 92
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Three key statistics tell the tale of the 2015-16 Georgetown Hoyas to date.
Following Saturday's game, Georgetown ranks 228th of 346 schools in turnovers per game, 276th in turnovers forced per game, and a woeful 335th in fouls committed per game. That's among the bottom 12 in all Division I--here are the schools with more fouls than Georgetown:
336. Wright St. (22.6)
337. Ark.-Pine Bluff (22.8)
338. Ga. Southern (22.9)
339. Morehead St. (23.0)
340. Bradley (23.0)
341. Detroit (23.5)
342. Lamar (23.5)
343. West Virginia (23.9)
344. NC-Wilmington (24.0)
345. Washington (24.7)
346. The Citadel (24.9)
Here's a look at these statistics in the John Thompson III era.
Seton Hall 69, Georgetown 61
On Thursday, coach John Thompson III warned that "time is running out" on the Hoyas' chances for an NCAA bid. After Saturday's 69-61 loss at Seton Hall, let's state the obvious: time is out.
Both teams struggled early in this game. Georgetown opened the game 4 for 12 from the field, Seton Hall 3 for 12. Early foul trouble, a staple of Georgetown games this season, opened the door for substitutions, but it was the addition of sophomore L.J. Peak that provided an early boost to the Hoyas' efforts. Peak, an inconsistent threat from outside, caught fire midway in the first half: a three at the 12:30 mark, followed by consecutive threes at the midway point of the half to give Georgetown a 21-17 lead with 9:50 to halftime. Peak's shooting tailed off thereafter, finishing 2 for 9, but it provided a much needed spark for a Georgetown team shooting 30 percent in the game.
A basket from D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and free throws by Jessie Govan gave georgetown a 25-19 lead with under eight minutes to the break, but, like clockwork, the Hoyas again faded down the stretch. The Hoyas scored only one basket for the remainder of the first half as the Pirates, who had shooting problems of its own, finished with a 3 for 11 effort that gave them a 30-29 lead at the break. Georgetown missed its final six shots of the period and ended the first half 9 for 30 from the field, and 4 for 12 from there point range -- put another way, Peak was 3 for 4, the rest of the team was 1-8.
Georgetown continued its cold shooting ways to open the second half, missing five of its first six. As both team struggled at the basket, Georgetown took a 38-36 lead with 15;38 to play, but the Hall doubled-down on rebounding and began to build a lead. Picking up offensive rebounds on thee of its next four possessions, the Pirates went to work inside, with baskets by Khadeen Carrington and Angel Delgado gave the homestanding Pirates its largest lead of the game, 43-38, with 12:52 to play. By the midway point of the second half, Georgetown had three field goals, four turnovers, and seven fouls.
The Hoyas trailed by as many as seven, 48-41, before an unexpected boost followed from sophomore Isaac Copeland, who turned in a strong effort down the stretch. Copeland scored nine straight to close the deficit to two, 54-52, at the 5:44 mark. The teams traded baskets into the 4:00 mark when Seton hall's Isaiah Whitehead, fighting through a horrid run of 12 straight misses in the game, hit a three pointer to put the Pirates up five, 57-52, with 3:44 to play. The Hoyas responded with turnovers on its next two possessions, and the Hall never looked back.
Isaac Copeland and L.J. Peak led the Hoyas with a combined 35 points, accounting for 11 of the team's 19 field goals. The sophomores were a combined 6 for 10 from three point range, the remainder of the team combined for 0 for 10. The team had 30 fouls against 19 field goals.
Angel Delgado led the Pirates with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Whitehead, the team's leading scorer, finished 3 for 15 but his late three proved the turning point of the game. along with four assists.
"I think the light bulb has gone off with [Whitehead] and he realizes that he's a pretty good passer," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said in post-game remarks. "They are so much harder to guard because he's distributing the ball, and he's always going to be an offensive threat."
The loss, a function of 33 percent shooting and continuing late game misfires (two field goals in the final 5:04) marked Georgetown's third straight loss and fourth in its last five for a team with no momentum entering the last seven games of the conference race. Thirty fouls and 15 turnovers, the latter accounting for 12 Seton Hall points, again proved Georgetown's undoing. And with continued problem in these areas, more late game setbacks await.
Here's the Georgetown half of the box score:
MIN 2FG 3FG FT REB A PF PTS Starters: Campbell 0-2 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 Smith-Rivera 4-5 0-5 3-4 6 4 3 11 Copeland 3-7 3-5 3-4 9 0 4 18 Derrickson 1-2 0-1 2-2 6 1 5 4 Hayes 2-8 0-0 1-2 6 2 5 5 Reserves: Peak 2-7 3-5 4-7 8 0 3 17 Cameron 0-1 0-1 0-0 2 0 1 0 Govan 1-3 0-2 4-6 3 1 4 6 Williams 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 Johnson 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 Mourning 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 Team Rebounds 6 TOTALS 13-36 6-20 17-25 46 9 30 61
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Georgetown has three players in the top 5 of Fouls Committed/40. That's not great. Have to be more disciplined. pic.twitter.com/zZ07X4RNrf— Big East Coast Bias (@becb_sbn) February 7, 2016
Hoyas fall to 13-11 after losing at Seton Hall. Its the worst Hoyas record after 24 games since 2003-04. I like to forget that season.— Bobby Bancroft (@BobbyBancroft) February 7, 2016
FoxSports.com On Hoyas: "Primed To Miss" NCAA's
An article at FoxSports.com notes ten teams with something to prove in February for the post-season. At #3, Georgetown:
"This talented bunch seems primed to miss the NCAA tournament altogether, with its 10 losses including some stinkers against Radford (189th in KenPom) and UNC-Asheville (135th in KenPom). Yet plenty of its losses have been close ones to good teams: Maryland, Duke, Villanova, Providence. The Hoyas have a long way to go in the regular season and in the Big East tournament if they want to prove they belong. But their talent absolutely belongs. It's just the results that don't so far."
Butler 87, Georgetown 76
The lights are going out on Georgetown's 2016 NCAA tournament aspirations.
Another struggling effort on the court was all Butler needed in a convincing 87-76 win over Georgetown at Hinkle Fieldhouse Tuesday, the first conference win for Butler this season against a team not named St. John's or DePaul. The win was an emotional one for Butler following the post-game disclosure of the death of the infant son of a former Butler player, now on the BU staff.
By contrast, Tuesday's game was anything but emotional for a Georgetown team which desparately needed a win, and the Hoyas showed little in the way of drive at key stretches of the game.
Head coach John Thompson III made a change in the starting lineup, with freshman Kaleb Johnson starting in place of Tre Campbell, where Johnson helped the Hoyas earn an early 9-5 lead. From then on, old habits returned for the Hoyas--too many fouls, not enough rebounds. Within the first five minutes, GU was outrebounded 6-1 as the Bulldogs, specifically Kelan Martin, went to work. Martin scored 13 of the Bulldogs' first 18 points as Butler went on a 13-0 run to lead 18-9 at the 12:50 mark of the half.
Georgetown was out of sync in this game, late off screens, a step slow on defense, and caught a bit of bad luck here and there. When Butler coach Chris Holtmann was issued a technical foul at the 4:50 mark, the normally free throw sure touch of D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera failed him--he missed both shots.
Martin had 19 by halftime as Georgetown trailed by as many as 15 before a late run of three inside baskets in the final 1:24 closed the GU deficit to nine at the break, 40-31. Both teams shot the identical amount from the field - 12 of 26, 46 percent -- but Butler carried an 17-8 advantage on the boards that gave it the room it needed. And by recent trends (Butler was 9-2 when leading at the half, Georgetown was 1-8), the Hoyas needed a rally early in the second half to contend. It didn't happen.
Instead, more of the same. Martin continued to excel, scoring six of the Bulldogs' first ten of the half. Guard Kellen Dunham wowed the Hinkle Fieldhouse crowd with a pair of acrobatic layups that drove a 50-36 lead. While Georgetown struggled as a team, the Hoyas got a strong second half effort from sophomore L.J. Peak, who picked up the intensity that lagged from other teammates this evening. Peak scored 18 of his game high 22 points in the second half, keeping the Hoyas in range.
Showing better signs of defense, the Hoyas closed to 10 midway in the second half, 58-48. A pair of free throws put Butler up 60-48 with 8:42 left, and off a missed three by Peak, Butler looked to put away the game for good when Dunham, with one second on the shot clock, was fouled on a long three point shot by Smith-Rivera for a rare four point play and a 64-48 lead. Peak and DSR continued to answer, with a 10-5 run that closed the gap to 69-58 at the 4:00 mark, but Butler's defense and Martin's drives inside maintained a 13 point lead entering the final two minutes.
Much like the end of the previous two games, the Hoyas had some gas left in the tank, and picked up the pace where they had not done so before. Having shot 4-12 from three point range in the second half to date, Georgetown sank three consecutive threes over a 39 second period, closing the lead to 80-71 with 1:11 remaining. An Isaac Copeland steal, basket and foul got the Hoyas to 80-74, but a miss inside by Copeland with 50 seconds remaining and a block on Smith-Rivers ten seconds later closed the door on this one.
Kelan Martin finished with a career high 35 points on the evening, with 19 from Roosevelt Jones and 18 from Kellen Dunham. The Butler starters accounted for all but one point on the Bulldogs' stat sheet. Butler maintained a 33-25 edge on the boards, a 38-16 edge on free throws taken, and a statistic rarely seen in Georgetown annuals--the opponent held a 10-1 advantage in blocked shots.
The loss drops Georgetown to 6-4 in the conference--still good enough for third in the conference standings but maybe not enough for the post-season. At 4-6 in the Big East, this was a big win for Butler, which has a uphill climb for the NCAA's, but a 15-7 record overall gives it hope. Not so for Georgetown, which crossed double digits in losses at the earliest point of the season since 1998-99, when it finished 15-16.
The Georgetown half of the box score:
MIN 2FG 3FG FT REB A PF PTS Starters: Johnson 26 1-4 1-1 0-0 1 0 4 5 Smith-Rivera 40 2-7 5-9 2-4 2 7 3 21 Copeland 31 4-9 0-4 3-4 3 1 2 11 Derrickson 14 0-2 0-1 0-0 5 1 4 0 Hayes 26 5-6 0-0 2-3 5 1 4 12 Reserves: Peak 22 6-9 2-4 4-5 2 2 4 22 Campbell 14 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 2 0 Cameron 11 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 2 0 0 Govan 12 1-3 1-1 0-0 2 1 4 5 Williams 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 0 Team Rebounds 5 DNP: Mourning TOTALS 19-40 9-22 11-16 25 15 29 76
Big East Sidesteps Thompson Comments
A post-game comment by former Georgetown coach John Thompson received a diplomatic response by commissioner Val Ackerman Thursday, and any collateral damage following the comments appears to have been addressed.
Thompson, who frequently attends post-game press conferences at Verizon Center, spoke up on the performance of the officials in the Georgetown-Creighton game. Although head coaches are not allowed to criticize officiating in any way, the elder Thompson was under no such rules.
When coach John Thompson III was asked about the officiating, a voice in the back of the room said: "Let your father comment on that... The last two games here have been terrible, and you can tell the #&%#@ commissioner and everybody else in the Big East that I said that."
A copy of the video was removed from GUHoyas.com, but Comcast Mid-Atlantic has an edited version on its site.
In a statement, the commissioner said that "Today I spoke to Georgetown and expressed my concerns regarding the comments made following the Georgetown-Creighton game on Tuesday night. I shared with them we're very proud of our officials, who are among the best in the NCAA, and we have internal mechanisms and open communications channels in place should our schools have feedback or concerns about the calls made in our games. It's clear that the intensity level in the Big East is as high as ever, and I know our officials will continue the high standards of Big East basketball."
Greatest Comeback Ever? Well, Not Even Close
Various Georgetown-based twitter feeds posted the question as to whether Georgetown's comeback against Creighton deserved all-time status:
Georgetown recovered from an 11 point deficit over 2:32 versus Creighton, a near-eternity in today's three point shooting, 30 second shot clock world. A number of comebacks in the Big East era may not have come to mind in these posts, but there is one truly worth remembering--Jan. 31, 1980, Georgetown at Boston College. The Hoyas were down eight with under a minute remaining and down six with 28 seconds to play. Here's an excerpt from Peter Scott's game recap from The HOYA:
The Eagles held a seemingly insurmountable 77-71 lead with less than 30 seconds remaining when the Hoyas staged a miraculous comeback before a partisan crowd at BC's Roberts Center.
Georgetown sophomore Eric Smith connected on a short jumper from the right side to narrow the home team's lead to four with 28 seconds left to play. On the ensuing inbounds play, the Hoyas' Eric Floyd executed coach John Thompson's prearranged strategy to perfection and drew an offensive foul from BC's scrappy center, Joe Beaulieu. Beaulieu fouled out on the play and Floyd converted both ends of a one-and-one to cut the BC lead to 77-75 with 25 seconds left.
Georgetown pressed frantically and called strategic time outs during the final seconds in an effort to buy some time. The Eagles finally brought the ball to the other end of the court and tried to run the clock out, but GU's Smith was whistled for an intentional, two shot foul. Rich Shringley hit the second of two shots to give BC a 78-75 lead.
With ten seconds left, the Hoyas' John Duren dropped in two free throws to bring GU within one. Two seconds later, BC freshman John Bagley, a thorn in the Hoyas' side all night, connected on two foul shots to open the gap to 80-77.
At this point all BC had to do to win was to give Georgetown an open shot, not committing any fouls that could lead to a three-point play. John Duren raced downcourt and threw up a jumper that bounded off the rim. Mike Frazier, GU's 7 foot reserve center, grabbed the rebound, put the ball in the hoop, and, miracle of miracles, was fouled on the play. With the clock showing one second, Frazier stepped to the foul line and calmly sank the tying free throw to the chagrin of 4200 disbelieving Eagle fans.
The overtime period was all Georgetown as Eric Smith scored six quick points to give the Hoyas an 86-82 lead. BC later cut the margin to one, but the clutch foul shooting of Duren, Smith, and Al Dutch iced the win to raise GU's record to 14-5 overall and 2-1 in the Big East.
Georgetown 74, Creighton 73
For 38 minutes Tuesday night before a small crowd at Verizon Center, Creighton was on its way to second place in the Big East, with the post-season hopes of the Georgetown Hoyas heading down a dangerous and dispiriting path. Instead, a wholly unexpected 15-3 run over the final 2:16 earned Georgetown its biggest comeback in the John Thompson III era, a 74-73 win that was vital to Georgetown's case to extend its season past the Big East tournament in March.
The late game heroics could not have been imagined at the outset. Despite a generous 50%-off promotion, less than 7,000 fans fought through a snowy Washington landscape to attend the game. The two teams started tentatively, with a 6-5 Creighton lead after the first four minutes of the game, shooting a combined 3 for 14 to open the game. A pair of three pointers and six early offensive rebounds allowed Creighton an early lead, which ebbed back and forth as the Hoyas took the lead, lost it, and regained it multiple times. Eleven lead changes took place by halftime, where the Bluejays drove the lane with impunity, including layups or tip-ins at close range on four consecutive possessions to take a 31-24 lead with four minutes to halftime. Thanks for six points off the bench from center Trey Mourning, the Hoyas outscored the Bluejays 8-0 to end the first half with a 32-31 lead. Both teams had identical numbers for field goals (nine from two, 3 for 13 from three), with Georgetown going 5 or 5 from the foil line, with Creighton one short at 4 for 5. It was an omen for what was to come.
Georgetown had no answer for Creighton guard Maurice Watson Jr,. who scored 27 against the Hoyas in Omaha on Jan. 12, and Watson enjoyed a command performance Tuesday, driving inside regularly and giving D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera his own share of indigestion, as the Bluejays took a 42-36 lead three minutes into the second half and never relented, while the Hoyas had already committed three fouls and was forcing key contributors to sit on the bench for extended periods of time.
Senior Bradley Hayes picked up two fouls in 47 seconds at the 13:07 mark as CU extended its lead to 48-41. Georgetown wasn't particularly crisp on offense but neither was Creighton, and Georgetown had its share of mini-runs that narrowed but did not erase a lead. A basket and foul shot by L.J. Peak closed the deficit to 54-51 with 9:20 left, but opened the door for another one of the puzzling Georgetown scoring lulls. The Hoyas did not score a field goal for nearly six minutes, whereupon the Bluejays extended the lead to seven at the 6:17 mark, got a three from Cole Huff at the 5:40 mark, and traded free throws with DSR with another crushing inside tip-in to go up 11 at the 4:22 mark, 66-55.
Georgetown was showing no sign of life at this point of the game. Watson and the Jays were beating the Hoyas up and down the court, while GU had 13 fouls and 10 turnovers. Baskets by Peak and Hayes closed the Creighton lead to nine at the 3:00 mark, only to be crushed when Watson weaved right past DSR for a layup with 2:32 remaining to give Creighton an 70-59 lead. Marcus Derrickson answered with a three, 70-62, but it appeared time was running out.
The free throw shooting which had served Creighton so well in the first game and within this game began to fail the Jays late. Center Geoffrey Groselle made one of two free throws with 1:35 to play, extending the score to 71-63. Smith-Rivera picked up a foul on GU's next possession, but after making the first he missed the second, where the offensive rebound returned the ball to GU and DSR drive inside for a basket. Suddenly, the score was only five, 71-66.
On Creighton's next series, Peak intercepted a pass inside intended for Creighton's Toby Hegner, and Smith-Rivera added two more free throws, 71-68. Deja vu followed the Bluejays on its next possession, where Kaleb Johnson picked off a pass from Watson and went uncontested for the dunk with 51 seconds remaining, 71-70. A pair of free throws gave CU a three point lead, 73-70, a lead which looked secure after L.J. Peak missed a layup with 30 seconds left. But off the miss, Reggie Cameron retrieved the rebound and tipped it back in, 73-72.
Creighton was feeling the heat, and the Hoyas fouled quickly. Creighton guard Khyri Thomas, the worst free throw shooter on the team with a 43% average, was sent to the line with 23 seconds to play. Thomas missed both, and Smith-Rivera went inside with six seconds remaining to pick up the foul--a significant one not only on timing, but because Maurice Watson picked up his fifth foul. DSR made both free throws, but with Watson sidelined, the last second sprint by the Jays was handed to reserve guard james Milliken, whose shot along the baseline was deflected and Georgetown escaped with an improbable win.
"There was a lot of adversity coming from a lot of different angles throughout the game and I liked the way we kept fighting and kept plugging," said coach John Thompson III in post-game remarks. "In the locker room, every single person made a play, a winning play, to help us win this game. Every single person made a play and that's how we have to be. And at the end of the day No. 4 [Smith-Rivera] is No. 4."
" I just knew we needed plays to be made and [Thompson] didn't call a timeout," Smith-Rivera reflected on the alt minute action. "he didn't try and draw anything up. He trusted me and I wanted to come through." DSR led the Hoyas with 19 points, followed by 11 from peak adn 10 from Derrickson.
" It felt like we dominated the game for the most part, for 37 minutes and we didn't execute very well late," said Creighton coach Greg McDermott. "As their coach I have to find a way to bring my team home in that situation and I didn't do my job today."
"I think at the end of both halves, we let the shots that we didn't make dictate our play," said Watson, the 5-10 guard who finished with 16 points, eight rebounds,and seven assists. "When we work hard and execute our plays to get an open shot and we don't knock them down, it tends to weigh on us on the defensive end and I think that's what we did."
Next up for the Hoyas: Providence, which was upset at home by Butler and now sit with Creighton in a tie for fourth place in the Big East while georgetown and Xavier move into to a tie for second. And while Georgetown continues to be an inconsistent team with lots of question marks, but for now those questions can wait for another day.
MIN 2FG 3FG FT REB A PF PTS Starters: Campbell 14 1-1 0-2 1-2 2 1 2 3 Smith-Rivera 38 3-6 2-6 7-8 3 3 0 19 Cameron 20 1-3 0-2 0-0 1 2 1 2 Copeland 38 3-7 0-3 1-1 10 7 3 7 Hayes 16 4-7 0-0 0-0 4 0 4 8 Reserves: Peak 23 2-6 1-2 4-5 4 2 4 11 Govan 10 2-3 0-0 1-1 2 0 5 5 Williams 1 0-0 0-0 1-2 1 0 1 1 Derrickson 23 0-2 3-5 1-1 4 0 3 10 Johnson 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 Mourning 12 2-3 0-1 2-2 2 0 2 6 Team Rebounds 3 TOTALS 19-39 6-21 18-22 36 16 26 74
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Tyler Adams: The Next Chapter
Since graduating from Georgetown, Tyler Adams (C'15) has returned to basketball, though not as a player. Instead, he has become a high school assistant coach, offering his support to the next generation of college talent.
"I wanted to work first before I started coaching to make sure that it's what I really wanted to do," Adams told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.. "But with as much as I was working, I didn't really have a life. I knew I needed to be in the gym. That's where I was born to be."
"I just left a college program and I know the hard work it takes to be ready for the next level," he said. "I'm trying to instill in their head that me fussing at you and making you do extra running is something you need to get used to because this is not even half of how intense it'll be for you in college."
"Any time you're that young and get guys within five years of your age to not only listen to what you have to say but apply what you say speaks volumes," said Columbus coach Luther Riley, himself a former coach at Alcorn State. "I'm just looking forward to the day when he gets a big-time job and at least he'll let me be the guy who can take his clothes to the cleaners."
Hibbert: No Longer Relevant In NBA?
In his eighth season, Roy Hibbert (C'08) is the subject to trade talks with the Los Angeles Lakers, as his play has been inconsistent. A columnist at SB Nation suggests the game may have passed over the center position.
"Hibbert doesn't have a post game," reads the article. "Because his center of gravity is high, he can get moved easily from the block. He's too lumbering to be a good dive man and he has no reliable mid-range jumper, so he can't be a pick-and-pop option. His field goal percentage is the lowest of any rotation 7-footer who doesn't attempt three-pointers and he's one of the worst finishers near the rim among big men despite not being a featured option."
"There's no better way to illustrate how much the NBA has changed in a short time span than to point to Hibbert's career trajectory. He went from Defensive Player of the Year candidate to pariah in Indiana, as they changed their identity to become faster and smaller to keep up with the league's evolution. They gave him away for free to a terrible Lakers team in which he's making no positive impact whatsoever. In just two years he became obsolete."
Connecticut 68, Georgetown 62
From a 62-60 lead with 4:30 to play, Georgetown failed to score in its last eight possessions in a 68-62 loss at Connecticut Saturday. The Hoyas took 31 three point attempts in the game, three short of the school record, but made only nine, including one in the final 11:56 and none in the final seven minutes.
The game had a feel of a Big East game, and was a welcome mid-season attraction for a Connecticut fan base with middling interest in American Athletic Conference opponents. Georgetown opened the game with a balanced attack, with points from four starters and a 9-3 lead by the opening time out. Connecticut, which began the game shooting just 3 for 9, took advantage of early Georgetown turnovers to work its way back into the game. A 7-2 run led the huskies to a 14-11 lead and expanded the lead to 20-15 before Georgetown answered with a pair of three pointers from Reggie Cameron and L.J. Peak that eventually tied the score at 23.
The Hoyas have been prone to scoring droughts late in first (and second) halves this season and such was the case today. Trailing 29-28 at the 5:43 mark, the Hoyas made only one field goal for the remainder of the period, a three pointer from Cameron. Seton Hall transfer Sterling Gibbs led the Huskies on an 11-4 run to close the half, as UConn shot 50 percent for the half and took a 40-33 lead into the break.
The story of the second half was Georgetown's inattention to defense and a run of fouls which allowed UConn to stay in this game. Few would have foreseen the Huskies hitting a cold snap after the break, but the approaching blizzard into Hartford overwhelmed the UConn scoring chart. The Huskies did not get its first field goal for nearly eight minutes of the half, its second did not come until the 5:38 mark, yet UConn was still up 60-58, thanks to the foul line. Georgetown picked up six fouls in less than five minutes to open the second half, interrupting a 12-3 Georgetown run which gave GU a 43-42 lead. The lead was a narrow one as Georgetown traded baskets for free throws in the bonus, as GU held no more than a four point lead with seven minutes remaining.
Tied at 60 with five minutes remaining, D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera sank an off-balance jumper to give GU a 62-60 lead with 4:38 remaining. Shockingly, these were the last points of the game for Georgetown, whose remaining possessions were a microcosm of the play seen throughout this season.
Up one, DSR missed a jumper at the 3:41 mark. Up one with 3:06 to play, DSR misses a jumper, whereupon UConn responds via two free throws. Now down one, 63-62, Hayes bobbles the ball inside and turns it back to UConn, who scores only its fourth field goal of the half, 65-62, with 2:12 remaining. Still in the game, the final five possessions for Georgetown were a washout:
1:41: Down 3, DSR misses from three
1:00: Down 3, Cameron airball from three
0:20: Down 3, Govan loses ball, turnover
0:13: Down 5, Peak runs over defender, offensive foul
0:05: Down 6, Cameron misses three
The Hoyas ended the game with more fouls (27) than field goals (23), allowing the Huskies to escape a frigid second half where it shot just 4 for 21 from the field but dominated at the line, going 29 for 36 versus the Hoyas 7 for 8. UConn finished the game with a 12-2 run over the final six minutes.
Reggie Cameron led the Hoyas with 13 points, followed by 12 each from D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and L.J. Peak. Isaac Copeland (1 for 5) sat for much of the second half.
MIN 2FG 3FG FT REB A PF PTS Starters: Campbell 32 1-3 1-5 2-2 5 2 4 7 Smith-Rivera 39 1-6 3-8 1-2 1 6 1 12 Cameron 28 2-5 3-8 0-0 1 2 4 13 Copeland 14 1-2 0-3 0-0 3 1 2 2 Hayes 27 3-4 0-0 3-3 9 0 3 9 Reserves: Peak 20 3-4 2-2 0-0 3 1 5 12 Govan 13 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 2 Williams 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 Derrickson 20 2-3 0-5 1-1 6 0 2 5 Johnson 6 0-0 0-0 0-2 2 0 2 0 Team Rebounds 3 DNP: White, Mourning TOTALS 14-28 9-31 7-8 34 14 27 62
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Georgetown 81, Xavier 72
1/19/16 11:45 pm
"You know what DSR stands for? Drive, score, repeat."--Bill Raftery, Fox Sports 1
Villanova 55, Georgetown 50
"We got some shots at point-blank range in the paint that didn't go in. We got some open looks for the guys we wanted open looks for that didn't go in...We got the looks we wanted. The ball didn't go in."--John Thompson III
Despite shooting a season low 32 percent from the field, the Georgetown Hoyas were within three points to #6 Villanova entering the final 1:04 of Saturday's game at Verizon Center. It was as close as the Hoyas would get, as Villanova won its 21st straight game against Big East opponents in a 55-50 finish before a smaller than expected crowd of 15,535 at Verizon Center.
The game was a microcosm of the problems that continue to follow this team: inexperience, inattention to detail, energy without urgency, a continuing inability to take advantage of opportunities. The whole of the 2015-16 Hoyas is less than the sum of its parts.
Georgetown led for just 1:18 of the game and seemed to struggle to figure out how to match up against the Wildcats. When there were opportunities, such as a favorable height matchup inside, the Hoyas could not react quickly enough; on defense, inconsistent perimeter play.
Neither team had much to offer at the start the game, with the teams trading four turnovers each over the first nine minutes of play. Georgetown shot just 4 for 13 in those opening nine minutes, with no one other than D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera having anything resembling a consistent shooting form. A pair of baskets after the eight minute media time out quickly extended the Villanova lead from one to six, the latter coming on a three pointer by reserve Mikel Bridges that was the only three of the half for the Wildcats in eight attempts. Four Georgetown threes kept things close early, masking a resoundingly poor 25 percent from two point range, that would have been a knockout punch for most opponents. Villanova failed to take advantage, missing six of its final seven attempts over the last 4:36 of the half, and Georgetown was able to close to four at the break, 26-22, despite shooting just 32 percent from the field. Smith-Rivera (4-8, 10 pts.) accounted for nearly half the GU offense, with the rest of the team combining to shoot 4-17 for a combined 12 points.
As out of town media writers begin to ask why Georgetown has fallen out of the national conversation, the second half of Saturday's game provides an illustration. One of the hallmarks of the early Thompson III teams at Georgetown was its remarkable ability to make adjustments after halftime and change the dynamics of a lackluster first half. This team seems ill-equipped to adjust, however, and what followed in the second half was 12 minutes of some of the weakest offensive output seen in over a decade.
The Hoyas missed its first two shots of the second half, and were inexplicably called for three personal fouls within 17 seconds of each other. A pair of missed layups by DSR and L.J. Peak further deflated its cause, where the Wildcats went on an 9-1 run to lead by 12, 35-23. Two more turnovers and two missed jumpers followed for the Hoyas--a Reggie Cameron layup with 13:52 to play was Georgetown's first field goal of the half. The Hoyas went two more minutes without a basket, but so did the Wildcats, so when Jessie Govan connected inside, the Hoyas were within eight and the crowd at Verizon Center called for defense. Instead, the Hoyas' perimeter defenders were caught out of position and Kris Jenkins was open for the three, 38-27.
The Hoyas didn't break 30 until the 9:12 mark of the second half, still trailing by 10. As Villanova fouls slid them into the bonus, Georgetown took advantage, with a pair of Govan free throws and a basket and foul from Peak closing the margin to six, 42-36, with 6:27 to play. The Hoyas forced a turnover on the next series and Peak answered with a layup, 42-38.
The teams traded free throws entering the final four minutes, where the Hoyas, shooting just 1 for 5 from three point range in the second half, went back outside and missed shots on the next two possessions. The Wildcats converted on each successive series and went back up eight, 46-38. Georgetown caught some better luck from outside, as unlikely threes from Smith-Rivera and Reggie Cameron brought the G-men back to three with 1:04 left, 49-46.
On the next series, Coach Thompson opted not to foul given the Wildcats' expertise at the line, but nearly thirty seconds drew off the clock when Villanova's Ryan Arcidiacono three sailed short and was heading out of bounds when Jessie Govan made a freshman mistake and tried to retrieve it under the GU basket, but touched it before it went out of bounds. With the ball, and the dwindling clock, Arcidiacono was 6 for 6 down the stretch at the line, preserving the victory.
The box score illuminates a dysfunctional Georgetown team. Smith-Rivera led all scorers with 15 points, but only five points after halftime (none in the first 18 minutes of the second half), no free throw shooting attempts, and a season high six turnovers. L.J. Peak was effective driving inside (2-3) but punchless from outside (0-6), picking up four fouls for the fourth time in five Big East games. Tre Campbell (0-1) and Bradley Hayes (0-3) failed to make inroads on offense or defense, while Jessie Govan struggled through a 1 for 7 afternoon. For the game, Georgetown shot just 32 percent and managed just two assists in the second half.
That is was close as it was is only partly attributable to defense. Villanova shot poorly at key stretches of the game and any early surge by the Hoyas could have turned the tide, The Cats shot just 31 percent in the second half and relied on 13 of 17 from the free throw line to carry the day. Of Villanova's seven baskets for the entire second half, five were assisted.
"That's how you have to win on the road. You just know it's not going to be pretty," said Villanova coach Jay Wright in post-season remarks. "When you're on the road, that's how you have to gut it out. It's just not going to be pretty in this league. This league is really good. This league is starting to approach the old league. It's always going to be different but night-in and night out we are starting to approach the old Big East."
Not so for old Georgetown, which is winless in 2015-16 against teams in the top 50 of the RPI. What was seen as a statement win early in the season to national finalist Wisconsin is no more, as the Badgers have dropped to 9-9, 1-4 in the Big Ten. A rousing win over Syracuse on Dec. 5 now sees the Orangemen limping along at 12-7, 2-4 in the ACC. Two of its remaining non-conference wins, over Brown and Maryland-Eastern Shore, have seen these opponents drop into the RPI basement, with as rating below 300.
"I don't want to go back and rehash all of [those games]," said Thompson in response to a similar question. "Today's game, we had too far to come back. We ended up down 10 or 11, I forget what their largest lead was in the second half, but we had a ways to come back and just didn't have the time."
Time is tightening for the Hoyas this week, with road games at Xavier (16-1) and Connecticut (11-5). The Musketeers swept GU in three games last season.
The Georgetown half of the box score:
MIN 2FG 3FG FT REB A PF PTS Starters: Campbell 14 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 1 0 Smith-Rivera 40 3-8 3-6 0-0 3 2 4 15 Cameron 22 2-3 2-4 0-0 4 1 2 10 Copeland 34 2-4 2-4 1-2 6 1 2 11 Hayes 16 0-3 0-0 2-2 1 0 2 2 Reserves: Peak 25 2-6 0-3 3-3 3 1 5 7 Govan 24 1-6 0-1 3-4 6 0 4 5 Williams 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Derrickson 10 0-1 0-1 0-0 2 0 1 0 Johnson 15 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 0 Team Rebounds 4 1 DNP: White, Mourning TOTALS 11-33 7-19 9-11 31 6 23 50
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Georgetown 93, St. John's 73
In a game that looked more like a December non-conference game, Georgetown raced past St. John's 93-73 behind a career high 33 points from senior D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera.
The Redmen struggled at the start and never recovered. Excepting two early threes from guard Federico Mussini, St. John's had nothing early, missing its first six attempts inside two point range. Unfortunately for St. John's, Mussini missed his next seven and did not score until late in the second half. Georgetown led by four midway in the first when the Hoyas began to pick apart the defense from inside and outside, part of a 16-3 run led from the three point line. Three threes from Reggie Cameron and a three from Campbell blew the doors down on St. John's ragged defensive sets, while Smith-Rivera calmly sank a jumper at the end of the shot clock, one of three such baskets in a game where DSR had no peer on the floor.
With the loss of Paul White, the absence of Marcus Derrickson, and the comfortable lead, coach John Thompson III emptied the bench soon thereafter, with Riyan Williams, Trey Mourning, and Kaleb Johnson all seeing extended time early in this one, where the Hoyas ended the first half shooting 52% and leading by 17, 45-28. St. John's managed just 8 field goals by halftime in 28 attempts.
Derrickson did not play in the game. "The other day in practice, he banged knees. He just said he couldn't go," said Thompson in post-game remarks.
Baskets from Cameron and Smith-Rivera opened the second half, 53-30, and the second half began a long and arduous trip to the free throw lines. A pair of hard fouls resulted in technical fouls on St. John's but neither team gained any traction over a six minute period where Georgetown failed to score a field goal, yet held its lead at 23. Georgetown led by as many as 27 as DSR was rested with 5:02 to go, but after the Redmen ran off a 14-3 run to close to 5-71, DSR returned with 2:30 to play, and the Hoyas closed out the scoring on an 8-2 run.
Smith-Rivera led the Hoyas with 33, followed by 15 from Cameron 15 and 12 from Campbell. Four Redmen were in double figures but the team's lack of defense, numerous turnovers, and misses from short range were sometimes painful to watch. With such a young and inexperienced lineup, St. John's figures to struggle, but after four relatively close losses in Big East play, the 93 points was unexpected--it's the most allowed in the 104 game history of the series dating to 1909.
The loss was St. John's eighth straight, a school record. Its last win came December 13, in an 84-72 win over Syracuse.
"I told them with the way we're playing, we're going to win some games," said St. John's coach Chris Mullin." The only way we won't is if we let a game like this let us down."
The competition picks up in a big way Saturday, when the #6-ranked Villanova Wildcats arrive at Verizon Center. The Wildcats have not lost to any Big East opponent (regular season or tournament play) in over a year, dating back to Jan. 19, 2015, a 78-58 loss to Georgetown at Verizon Center. Following that game, the Wildcats won 16 straight and are 31-3 since.
The Georgetown half of the box score:
MIN 2FG 3FG FT REB A PF PTS Starters: Campbell 29 2-3 2-2 2-3 2 2 2 12 Smith-Rivera 34 6-8 5-8 6-6 6 2 1 33 Cameron 27 2-2 3-8 2-2 4 1 4 15 Copeland 33 1-5 0-4 7-7 3 1 0 9 Hayes 11 4-5 0-0 0-0 3 1 4 8 Reserves: Peak 9 0-2 0-0 0-0 2 1 4 0 Govan 15 0-1 0-1 9-10 3 0 3 9 Williams 9 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 3 3 2 Johnson 20 1-1 0-1 1-3 2 2 3 3 Mourning 13 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 4 2 Team Rebounds 5 DNP: White, Derrickson TOTALS 18-30 10-24 27-33 32 14 28 93
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With this game, D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera has five games in his career above 30 points, a number matched by only five other former players:
Multiple 30 Game Games By Player
|Allen Iverson (1994-96)||13|
|Jim Barry (1962-66)||8|
|Reggie Williams (1983-87)||8|
|Mike Sweetney (2000-03)||8|
|Victor Page (1995-97)||6|
|D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (2012-pres.)||5|
|Charlie Adrion (1967-70)||4|
|Charles Smith (1985-89)||4|
|Austin Freeman (2007-11)||4|
|Warren Buehler (1953-57)||3|
|Brian Sheehan (1958-61)||3|
|Jim Christy (1961-64)||3|
|Eric Floyd (1978-82)||3|
|Patrick Ewing (1981-85)||3|
|Mark Tillmon (1986-90)||3|
|Gerald Riley (2000-04)||3|
Georgetown-St. John's: Garden Attendance
Wednesday's game drew just 7,837, the smallest crowd in nine years.
"The matchup felt no different than an early-season meeting with NJIT or Niagara, the crowd continually chatting through the action, clapping as if it stood beside an 11th fairway," wrote the New York Post.
St. John's has not sold out Madison Square Garden against Georgetown since 1989.
Paul White Out For Season
Sophomore forward Paul White underwent season ending pelvic surgery to relieve ongoing hip pain, according to reports. White has seen action in only seven games and was limited by the injury, averaging just 1.6 points in limited time.
White commented on social media following the surgery:
Grateful for a successful surgery! God got my back... I just have to watch him work now! #blessings ????— Paul White (@Numba13_) January 13, 2016
And from a teammate:
The loss of White leaves 10 scholarship players and one walk-on for the current Georgetown roster. It is not known if Georgeown will pursue a medical redshirt to give White a possible fifth year of eligibility in 2018-19.
Is Georgetown's run of inconsistency an aberration or the foreshadowing of a rough finish? A columnist at SB Nation's Casual Hoya argues that post-season expectations may need to be reset on the 2015-16 Hoyas.
"With half the season now in the books, it's a bit easier to take, and perhaps even accept, a new outlook," he writes. "This team likely isn't going to the NCAA Tournament. Those early resume-tarnishing losses to low-majors probably foreclose an at-large bid, and may even relegate Georgetown below .500 at season's end and therefore out of the NIT. The Hoyas have backed away from the abyss of those upsets, but haven't scaled to the heights of preseason expectations. There are some prospects for improvement as the season goes on, but the Hoyas' track record doesn't suggest that any progress will be dramatic."
Georgetown 74, DePaul 63
The 2015-16 Georgetown Hoyas haven't put together consistent first and second halves all season, and following Saturday's first half against DePaul, this might have been a good thing.
After a first half that sank under the weight of 10 turnovers against nine field goals, a more balanced defensive effort pushed DePaul into poor second half play, whereupon the Hoyas took the season series, 74-63, over a DePaul team now winless in four Big East games.
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera opened the game with a three pointer which turned out to the the openly basket he would score in the half. DSR's struggled were mirrored by all of the Georgetown starters, with Isaac Copeland missing all six of his attempts, Marcus Derrickson and Tre Campbell shooting a combined 1 for 3, and center Bradley Hayes playing just four minutes in the first half due to foul trouble. For its part, DePaul was more energetic in the first half and led the Hoyas for the final 17:32 of the first half, shooting 40 percent and outscoring Georgetown 16 to 6 in the paint.
That Georgetown could even get to the second half was, in no small part, a result of the stellar play from sophomore L.J. peak, who has thrived as as the first player off the bench rather than as a starter. Peak played just two minutes early in the game and finished with nine before halftime, but it was the final 6:42 of the period where he made his impact. Added to the game with Georgetown shooting 27 percent from the floor and trailing by there, 18-15, Peak went to work. Over the next five minutes, Peak scored 11 straight points for the Hoyas during a run where things could have gotten out of hand. A Jessie Govan layup, only Georgetown's third two pointer of the entire half, closed the deficit to 30-28 in one of the more ragged halves of the season.
Peak and Govan were each added to the starting lineup after the break, replacing Derrickson and Campbell, who combined for just three points before halftime and three after it. Another second half absence was from Hayes, with four minutes in the first half and four in the second following his fourth foul with 12:45 to play. Instead, the Hoyas redoubled on defense and relied on free throws to carry the way.
The game turned early in the second half on back to back baskets by Jessie Govan to give the G-men a 38-35 lead. The Hoyas (10-6) led by as many as seven before DePaul cut it to 45-43 with 11:27 to play, but consecutive threes by Govan and Campbell pushed the lead back to eight inside nine minutes to play. Again, the Demons rallied within three, but as fouls mounted, Georgetown took advantage.
Down three with 6:07 remaining, DePaul committed fouls on three consecutive series and the Hoyas were a steady 6 for 6 from the line to push the lead to nine at the five minute mark. A bench technical on DePaul coach Dave Leitao added two more from the line, followed by a foul by DU's Eli Cain which added two more. Leitao had seen enough and a second technical followed, adding two more to the Hoyas' cause. Georgetown added 13 free throws in 14 attempts to push the lead to double digits with three minutes to play, putting the outcome out of reach.
"I think we did a good job defensively on them in the half court set," said Smith-Rivera in post-game remarks. "When they did score a lot of it was in transition, which is something we've harped on all year. For us, we missed some shots that we usually make. Not to take anything away from them, they played defense really well, but shots that we usually make weren't going down and in the second half it started to happen for us." DSR finished with a season high eight assists for the game.
"This game is somewhat similar to last time we played them a week or so ago," said DePaul coach Dave Leitao. "I thought we battled at certain points well enough, but Georgetown was good enough and we weren't good enough at important times of the game."
Georgetown shot 44 percent in the second half compared to just 30 percent for DePaul. GU held its turnovers to just four after the break while DePaul picked up nine.
The Hoyas hold a 3-1 record in Big East play, but with two of those three against a winless DePaul team. Another opportunity (or peril, depending on what half it is) awaits Wednesday at Madison Square Garden against St. John's, where the Redmen are winless in its first four Big East games. Tougher opponents are around the corner and figure to put a lot more pressure on Georgetown's inconsistent play than DePaul ever could.
The Georgetown half of the box score:
MIN 2FG 3FG FT REB A PF PTS Starters: Campbell 14 0-1 1-2 0-0 1 2 1 3 Smith-Rivera 35 1-4 2-8 9-14 3 8 1 17 Copeland 32 1-4 1-6 4-4 7 2 3 9 Derrickson 20 0-0 1-3 1-2 7 0 2 4 Hayes 8 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 4 2 Reserves: Peak 24 0-0 3-4 8-9 2 1 1 17 Cameron 26 1-2 2-7 0-2 3 1 2 8 Govan 30 4-6 1-1 1-1 4 1 3 12 Johnson 10 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 1 2 Mourning 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Team Rebounds 4 DNP: White, Williams TOTALS 9-21 11-31 23-32 34 15 18 74
Additional coverage follows below. Neither Chicago newspaper filed a story for the game.
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Thompson Recalls Georgetown, UDC Days
The UDC web site posted a 20 minute interview with former Georgetown coach John Thompson, who earned a master's degree from Federal City College, one of UDC's predecessors. In the interview, Thompson talks about his recruitment by Georgetown in high school, a professor that made a profound difference in his life, and the best defensive player he ever coached. Recommended viewing.
The Thompson content begins at the 6:00 mark in the link below:
Creighton 79, Georgetown 66
"It's a confidence builder. Georgetown only scored on 2 of its last 13 possessions." - Creighton coach Greg McDermott
Six points in the final 6:56 sealed the outcome as the Georgetown Hoyas stumbled to a 79-66 loss at Creighton Tuesday. The finish squandered an impressive run of three point shooting that obscured Georgetown's continuing inattention to defense, which the Bluejays successfully exploited all evening.
Both teams started the game with crisp shooting, with Georgetown especially effective from three point range. Five of GU's first seven field goals were from three point range, but Creighton's up tempo offense gave the Hoyas fits and the Bluejays led by as many as 10 midway through the first half. A tighter Georgetown defense began to rein in the Creighton attack, holding the Jays to two field goals in its next nine attempts as the Hoyas fought back. Led by freshman Jessie Govan, with eight first half points off the bench, the Hoyas closed to two, 36-34, with 2:55 in the first half and tied the score on Govan's jumper at the 1:42 mark. Creighton took a 38-36 lead to the break thanks to 12 points off Georgetown turnovers, a number that would follow the Hoyas right to the end.
The second half began with a slower pace then the first, with neither team leading by more than three for the first ten minutes of action. A pair of baskets by D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera gave Georgetown a 47-45 lead a the 15:01 mark, but DSR would have only two field goals for the remainder of the game, while Isaac Copeland was largely ineffective. Creighton got a big effort from 5-10 Maurice Watson Jr., who shredded the Hoyas' interior defense with regularity in the second half, as the BlueJays rallied midway in the half. From a 56-53 deficit with 10:56 to play, Creighton scored ten straight to take a 63-56 lead with eight minutes remaining. Baskets by Smith-Rivera and Reggie Cameron closed to three at 63-60 with 6:56 remaining, but from that point the offense was punchless.
Down three, Georgetown launched up two three point shots without effect, and Watson helped push the lead to eight, 68-60. A pair of DSR free throws closed the gap to 68-62 with 4:46 left, but GU had no coherent game plan down the stretch. Over its next seven possessions, the Hoyas managed one basket, four missed threes, and turnovers on three consecutive possessions that pushed the Creighton lead into double digits entering the final two minutes. Over the final 10:56 of the second half, Georgetown managed only four field goals, one of which was a layup with one second remaining.
Watson led the Bluejays with a career high 27 points. Smith-Rivera and Govan each had 17 for the Hoyas, but starters Marcus Derrickson, Isaac Copeland, and Tre Campbell were a combined 3 for 12 and were frequently outplayed on defense. The Hoyas scored on a season high 11 three pointers but gave up 25 points off 15 turnovers, a statistic that coach John Thompson III and his staff seem unable to address with this team. Entering the game, Georgetown ranked 245th nationally in turnovers allowed.
The Georgetown half of the box score:
MIN 2FG 3FG FT REB A PF PTS Starters: Campbell 18 1-1 1-4 0-0 2 3 1 5 Smith-Rivera 38 3-7 3-7 2-2 3 7 2 17 Copeland 32 0-2 0-1 1-2 2 3 1 1 Derrickson 20 0-1 1-3 0-0 3 1 3 3 Hayes 18 4-8 0-0 0-0 6 0 4 8 Reserves: Peak 26 1-2 1-2 0-0 2 4 4 5 Cameron 17 2-4 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 7 Govan 22 4-6 3-3 0-1 7 0 3 17 Johnson 9 0-0 1-1 0-2 0 0 0 3 Team Rebounds 1 DNP: White, Williams, Mourning TOTALS 15-31 11-24 3-7 27 19 20 66
Additional coverage follows below:
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CSN: White's Injury Confirmed
Ben Standig's column at CSN Mid-Atlantic has confirmed a injury to sophomore Paul White that has kept him out of the last two games.
"Paul White did not play for a second straight game after re-aggravating a hip injury that kept him of the court for the first four games, CSNmidatlantic.com confirmed," he wrote. "No immediate schedule [is] set for his return."
White has been played sparingly this season, averaging 1.6 points per game in seven games.
Georgetown 80, Marquette 70
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored Georgetown's final 12 points of the game as the Hoyas fought through a 15 minute stretch of offensive futility in an 80-70 win over Marquette at Verizon Center on Saturday. The Hoyas saw an impressive 19 point second half lead dwindle to six before DSR took over late.
The team effort was the best for the Hoyas since its Dec. 5 win over Syracuse, and the two games shared some similarities: defensive intensity, a great first half, and a struggle down the stretch. Intensity was a watchword from the start of the game, as Georgetown opened swiftly with a 5-0 lead. Marquette rallied to tie the score at 11 on a Jajuan Johnson three pointer at the 13:39 mark, but the Hoyas responded with its best three minute run of the season.
Following a pair of free throws from Isaac Copeland, freshman Jessie Govan pulled down a rebound inside and converted down the floor, 15-11. A steal by Copeland fed Peak driving for the basket, 17-11, and following a pair of marquette free throws, GU answered with nine straight, including a Govan three, a pair of layups from Peak, and a layup from Kaleb Johnson, 26-13. Georgetown's three freshman, Derrickson, Govan, and Johnson, were stellar throughout the half, keeping Marquette freshman Henry Ellenson in check and forcing the Warriors out of position on a number of offensive sets.
Marquette closed to eight at the five minute mark of the first half but the Hoyas were about to blow the game open. Govan opened the scoring with a dish from Peak, 38-28. On the next possession, Govan blocked Luke Fischer inside, setting up Copeland on the next possession to add two at the line, 42-28. Following an exchange of foul shots, Govan went to work, with three straight blocks on Ellenson, followed up 28 second later by a DSR dish to Derrickson for two and the foul, 47-30.
Jessie Govan having a personal block party at the Phone Booth. https://t.co/o61AeOeuB2— Hoyas247 (@Hoyas247) January 2, 2016
A flagrant foul on Govan with 12 seconds to go and a succeeding three pointer from Duane Wilson cut the lead to 13 at the half, 49-36, but what a first half. Georgetown shot 59 percent from the field, with its freshman a combined 8 for 12 with nine rebounds and four blocks. Georgetown had a 26-14 advantage with points in the paint, and Marquette freshmen Henry Ellenson and Haanif Cheatham were held to just 2 for 10 from the field.
Georgetown opened the second half with similar flair, with a pair of threes to go up 19, 55-36, with 18:44 to play. But as coach John Thompson III remarked in post-game comments, the Hoyas stopped moving offensively, and the Warriors began to crawl back into the game. A three from Duane Wilson cut the lead to 16, whereupon the Hoyas committed turnovers on four of its next five possessions and MU closed to 12, 55-43. A basket from Bradley Hayes broke a four minute drought, 57-43, but the Hoyas could not score for the next six minutes. The defense was there, but the offense was not--two misses, followed by two turnovers that brought the Warriors to eight at the 12:28 mark, 57-49. Neither team scored for the next four minutes, a combined 0 for 10 between them, until DSR found junior Reggie Cameron alone on the outside of the arc. Cameron, scoreless for the game, was fouled on the way up but sank the three and and free throw-- a rare four point play that not only rallied the Hoyas, but provided a key buffer in the margin that the Hoyas needed down the stretch.
Cameron's basket did not stop the Hoyas' poor play, however. The teams traded turnovers and free throws until the Warriors stepped up the defensive pace, picking up a a dunk and a pair of free throws to close to seven, 62-55 at the 4:43 mark. A pair of Govan free throws was matched by a jumper from Cheatham at the 4:16 mark, and the Hoyas needed something soon. A basket by L.J. Peak put the Hoyas up nine with under four minutes remaining, but a Derrickson turnover heralded three straight scoring drives by the Warriors to close to 68-62 with 2:38 to play.
And up stepped Smith-Rivera. With just one field goal in four attempts this afternoon, he picked up two free throws at the 2:09 mark, then sank a jumper at the 1:42 mark to go up eight. After a Marquette layup, DSR answered the bell again, driving inside for the basket with 59 seconds left, 74-66. A three pointer by Marquette's Sandy Cohen fell short and DSR continued his run at the line, finishing 6 for 6 as MU never got closer than either thereafter. He finished with 15 points, 12 of which came within the final 2:09.
But it wasn't just the points, Thompson remarked.
"D'Vauntes had eight assists today," he said ."D'Vauntes is getting everybody else involved, but when it comes time to win the game D'Vauntes does what he has to do...That's a senior, that's someone that understands [when] there's a lid on the basket, everything is stagnant, even when we get the looks that we want they're not going in and he just took over at the end, in the right kind of way."
"I think we made two threes to start the second half and then the ball started to stick and then we stopped moving our bodies. We started to stand around a little too much. We took some quick bad shots instead of making them work, so we have to understand that that can't happen."
"I thought we played harder in the second half, and as a result of playing harder we were more disruptive defensively," said Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski."I thought we were playing very slow and lethargic in the first half and you're not going to force teams to be uncomfortable, whether that makes them turn it over or it makes them rush shots. If you're not really laying it on the line on the defensive end you're not going to get the outcomes that you want. "
Marcus Derrickson's 16 points led the Hoyas on the stat sheet, but the real MVP was at the foul line--the team shot a remarkable 22 for 23, one short of breaking a team record that has stood for 37 years.
"We made our foul shots. We missed one," Thompson said.
"We're in the best conference in basketball and nothing is easy," he added." No night is easy, everything is going to be a fight, that has always been the case in the Big East and now is no different."
The Georgetown half of the box score:
MIN 2FG 3FG FT REB A PF PTS Starters: Campbell 12 1-3 0-1 0-0 3 1 0 2 Smith-Rivera 36 2-4 1-2 8-8 4 8 0 15 Copeland 30 2-7 1-2 4-4 7 3 4 11 Derrickson 32 3-6 2-5 4-4 5 1 3 16 Hayes 22 4-8 0-0 0-0 4 1 3 8 Reserves: Peak 23 5-5 0-0 0-0 4 1 4 10 Cameron 16 0-0 1-3 2-3 1 0 2 5 Govan 17 2-3 1-1 4-4 5 0 5 11 Johnson 12 1-2 0-1 0-0 6 2 0 2 Team Rebounds 0 DNP: White, Williams, Mourning TOTALS 200 20-36 6-15 22-23 39 17 21 80
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