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Georgetown's NCAA hopes continue to fade, dropping to 0-2 in Big East play a 81-76 loss to #11 Xavier Saturday before 11,275 at Verizon Center.

The first half was well played and contested throughout, as the teams traded 12 lead changes over the first 20 minutes of play. Georgetown fell behind early with the hot hand of Xavier guard J.P. Macura, who scored seven of the Musketeers' first 12 points and 15 points by halftime, but the teams were even for much of the half. A late run from L.J. Peak, with seven straight points and 16 overall, helped rally the Hoyas to tie the score into the final minute of the half, while a jumper by Rodney Pryor gave Georgetown a 38-36 lead at the break.

The second half proved a story of two Musketeers: leading scorer Trevon Bluett, held to one point at the break, was shut out on 0-10 shooting, but sophomore Edmond Sumner was up to the task and carried the X-men throughout the half. Sumner opened the second half on a driving dunk that picked up Rodney Pryor's third foul, and added up a big basket two minutes later when GU had built up its largest lead of the game at 45-39. The teams traded narrow leads for much of the next ten minutes, but Georgetown fouls were adding up and Xavier took advantage. Trailing 57-54 at the 11:41 mark, a Sumner dunk and three straight Xavier trips to the foul line tied the score at 59 with nine minutes to play. A J.P. Macura three pointer was answered by two from Georgetown's Jonathan Mulmore, 62-61, but the Hoyas went cold at a critical point in the half.

Over the next four minutes, Georgetown missed five consecutive shots, enabling Xavier to take an eight point lead, 72-64, with 3:53 to play. Enter Georgetown guard Rodney pryor, who had only two points in the second half entering the final four minutes. Following Peak's 4th foul, Pryor went to work, hitting a three pointer from the corner to close to 72-67, narrowly missing a three from the same corner 25 seconds later, and hitting a jumper with 2:28 to close to three, 72-69. A pair of free throws by Sumner was answered by a Pryor three, 74-72, with 1:39 to play, but the Hoyas' interior defense sagged late, allowing center Rashid Gaston inside for a dunk with 1:19 remaining, 76-72. But Pryor was there yet again, taking a pass from Jessie Govan to bring the Hoyas to two, 76-74 with 53 seconds remaining.

Following a foul on Marcus Derrickson, Sumner made one of two free throws, but Pryor's luck ran out on the next series, as his tying attempt fell short with 22 seconds remaining and Sumner closed the game out at the line. A brief hope rallied the Hoyas when a ball out of bounds with three seconds to play could have returned the ball to GU down three, but the ball was awarded to Xavier and Sumner sank two more free throws for the five point margin.

Edmond Sumner had a career day at Verizon Center, his second in as many appearances. As a freshman, he set a career record and exceeded it Saturday, finishing with 28 points, eight rebounds, and six assists, including 14 for 17 from the line. J.P. Macura finished with 23 points and six rebounds, also dominant from the line (8 for 9). The disparity in free throws proved the difference in the game, with Xavier's 29 of 38 effort easily outdistancing Georgetown's 14 of 23 shooting at the line.

"There were key points where they would get fouled or they would get a rebound and get a shot," said Georgetown coach John Thompson III. "We have to cut that out."

The Big East season is less than a week old but Georgetown seems to be quickly fading out of view. The Hoyas continue to struggle defensively and are getting short shrift in the post. Jessie Govan turned in another lackluster game, with one field goal and three rebounds in 14 minutes of play, weighed down by foul trouble. Bradley Hayes fared better on the offense (8 points, 5 rebounds) but was slow off the defensive sets and not enough to slow down the Musketeers inside.

"We knew they were switching some on the ball screens so they were going to switch a big on me," said Sumner. "With my quickness, it was going to be hard for them to keep me in front so we just wanted to exploit that."

Equally ineffective against Sumner: forward/center Akoy Agau, strangely referred to as "Agoo" on multiple occasions by Fox's Gus Johnson. Agau was scoreless in eight minutes, and has not scored in any of the last three games.

Deeper concerns lie in the backcourt, where the staff seems befuddled on how to proceed at the point. Freshman Jagan Mosely continues to get a quick hook, with only four minutes of play. Tre Campbell was scoreless from the field in 20 minutes, and while Jonathan Mulmore finished with eight points, his defensive intensity was visible lacking. The idea that L.J. Peak and Rodney Pryor can carry this team all season is running into a dose of reality, as neither can maintain 40 minutes of punch when the rest of the team is playing with such mediocrity. The old Boston Braves saying, "Spahn and Sain, and two days of rain" might be better suited for the 2016-17 Hoyas: "Pryor and Peak, and someone else next week."

For next week, it's Providence, which is 5-1 versus the Hoyas since 2013 and 3-0 at the building formerly known as the Providence Civic Center. Georgetown will be seeking to avoid its first 0-3 start in Big East play since the 1999-2000 season, where it finished eighth in the conference race.

The Georgetown half of the box score:

            MIN   2FG   3FG   FT  REB  A  PF  PTS
Starters:
Mosely        4   0-0   0-0   0-0   1   1  2    0
Pryor        32   5-8   2-6   4-6   7   1  4   20
Peak         37   8-13  1-3   2-2   6   3  4   21
Derrickson   26   1-1   2-4   4-4   2   0  5   12
Govan        14   0-2   1-1   0-0   3   2  3    3
Reserves:
Campbell     20   0-0   0-3   1-2   3   4  3    1
Mulmore      27   3-8   0-0   2-5   3   3  2    8
Agau          8   0-1   0-0   1-2   2   3  2    1
Johnson      18   1-1   0-0   0-0   4   2  2    2
Hayes        14   4-5   0-0   0-2   5   1  1    8
Team Rebounds                       0
DNP: Cameron, Hines, Muresan, Mourning 
TOTALS      200  22-39  6-17 14-23 36  20 28   76


Another slow start doomed the Georgetown Hoyas early in this one, as Marquette opened Big East play with a 76-66 win over the Hoyas before 14,886 at the Bradley Center Wednesday.

Three turnovers and five missed shots opened the game for Georgetown, as Marquette raced to a 11-0 lead in the first three minutes of play and led by as many as 14, 16-2, with 14:30 to halftime. The Hoyas answered in a big way, connecting on nine of its next ten, and five straight possessions with three pointers, to tie the score at 26 with 7:17 to play.

Georgetown could not maintain the level of defense necessary to contain its opponent. The Warriors answered two more Georgetown runs down the stretch of the first half, as Georgetown closed to 33-32 and 38-35 with 44 seconds to play. A sign of GU's misfiring on defense came awkwardly with one-tenth of a second on the clock to halftime, as a foul by Marcus Derrickson provided Markus Howard two free throws to extend the lead to seven at the break, 42-35. Georgetown shot 46 percent from the field but eight turnovers proved costly.

The second half began much like the first. Four straight turnovers by the Hoyas powered an 8-2 Marquette run that extended the lead to 13, 50-37. Marquette's defense kept the Hoyas without a sustained run, while keeping GU off the free throw line where it has been so productive this season.

Defense, not free throws, ultimately proved Georgetown's undoing. The Hoyas were within 10 midway tin the second half when guard Jajuan Johnson picked up steals on consecutive possessions and returned them for dunks to go up 14, 63-49. Jajuan Johnson and Markus Howard combined for 22 second half points, helping extend the lead to 15 at the 7:31 mark, 68-53.

As was the case in the earlier stanza, Georgetown made a late run as Marquette wobbled down the stretch. Three consecutive MU turnovers brought the Hoyas to within nine at the 3:48 mark, 70-61, but Jessie Govan's foul of a three point attempt by guard Andrew Rowsey poured water over the rally. Georgetown went outside to no effect, missing three three pointers and failing to force a turnover in the final three minutes as Marquette sealed the win.

Rodney Pryor led all Georgetown scorers with 23 points, providing the only consistent scoring across both halves. Jessie Govan and Marcus Derrickson had 11 points each, but the story on the stat sheet was L.J. Peak, held to 1 for 8 shooting due to a groin injury suiffered earlier in the game. Pryor, Govan, and Derrickson were 9 for 18 in the second half, the rest of the team just 2 for 11. Howard and Johnson led the Warriors with a combined 43 points on 15 for 25 shooting, helping MU outscore Georgetown 11-0 on fast break points in the second half. In the end, MU's defense carried the day, forcing 12 steals.

"By and large our team played really good defense," said marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski. "When scoring became a little bit more difficult for us it didn't affect our defense and that's something that has happened at different times this season where the ball's not going through the hoop, it affects us at the other end. I didn't feel like that happened tonight and that shows some growth and maturity and I'm proud of that." Johnson was a little less diplomatic, telling Fox Sports 1 after the game that " "We watched Georgetown on film and we saw that they were lazy on defense and didn't really want to guard."

Georgetown's prior six game win streak was quickly forgotten in this game. The Hoyas exhibited little in the way of consistent play, relying on Pryor's threes to stay close and failing to to prevent Marquette from numerous inside opportunities.

"It's a tough loss, but then every game is going to be tough," said coach John Johnson III.

Next up: #11 Xavier, which throttled Providence by 26 in its season opener in Cincinnati. Its 82-56 win was the largest margin of victory Xavier has earned in any Big East game.

Here's the Georgetown half of the box score:


            MIN   2FG   3FG   FT  REB  A  PF  PTS
Starters:
Mosely       19   1-1   0-2   2-2   2   3  3    4
Pryor        39   5-9   4-9   1-2   7   2  1   23
Peak         22   1-7   0-1   2-2   3   1  2    4
Agau          6   0-0   0-0   0-0   2   0  0    0
Govan        23   4-12  1-1   0-0   6   1  2   11
Reserves:
Campbell     18   1-3   1-3   1-2   2   2  1    6
Mulmore      17   2-2   0-0   1-2   1   1  2    5
Cameron       3   0-0   0-0   0-0   0   0  0    0
Derrickson   30   1-1   3-5   0-0   4   2  4   11
Johnson       8   0-1   0-0   0-1   1   1  0    0
Hayes        15   1-2   0-0   0-0   3   0  3    2
Team Rebounds                       6
DNP: Hines, Muresan, Mourning 
TOTALS      200  16-38  9-21  7-11 37  13 18   66


 

Attendance for the first seven home games of 2016-17 is down 11 percent from 2015-16, and down by one-third from the crowds that filled Verizon Center as late as 2010. Through seven games this season, Georgetown is averaging just 7,050 per game, trailing Big East schools such as Creighton (16,849 per game), Marquette (12,504) and Xavier (10,236). Granted, it's not the averages common at DePaul (averaging just 3,663 per game), but the decline is a continuing problem for the program.

So how have things changed? In 2010-11, Georgetown drew crowds of over 10,000 against the likes of Tulane (10,031), UNC-Asheville (10,354), and Loyola (11,345). This season, Maryland was the only game thaw drew as many as 8,700.

 
Season Pre-Season Ranking Games Total Average Verizon Ctr./Highest Attended Verizon Ctr./Lowest Attended
2010-11 #20 5 53,001 10,600 Utah St. (12,106) App. St. (8,765)
2011-12 #15 8 63,588 9,084 Memphis (12,045) IUPUI (6,854)
2012-13 Not Ranked 8 66,892 8,361 Tennessee (13,656) Longwood (5,283)
2013-14 Not Ranked 6 43,567 7,261 Lipscomb (8,165) High Point (4,676)
2014-15 Not Ranked 7 58,379 8,339 Kansas (14,164) TAMU-Corpus Christi (4,887)
2015-16 Not Ranked 8 63,903 7,987 Syracuse (18,231) MD-Eastern Shore (4,062)
2016-17 Not Ranked 7 49,352 7,050 Maryland (13,145) Coppin St. (3,996)
 

With a smaller season ticket base than in past years, Georgetown depends on the walk-up crowd to drive early season attendance. The Hoyas' poor start to the 2016-17 hasn't helped, and the Washington fan base hasn't responded given that the Hoyas have not entered the season ranked in the Associated Press poll in five seasons.

For those wondering, yes, the McDonough Gymnasium game with Arkansas State counts in the 7,050 average. But removing that from the count is still two percent less than the attendance numbers from last year.

Scheduling alone doesn't solve this dilemma. Coach John Thompson prefers out of town tournaments to play better opponents, and will do so again next season with the Nike PK80 tournament over Thanksgiving and a likely road game in the Gavitt Games series. A home game with Syracuse is the only likely marquee opponent at Verizon for 2017-18, but that's not going to drive the averages either. What's lacking?

1. Expectations. The lower the expectations are for Georgetown each year, the less likely local fans are willing to show up for less popular opponents. It seems remarkable now that an opponent like Loyola could once draw over 11,000 to a game, but that 2010-11 Georgetown team was 9-1 and ranked #15 nationally. A game between 3-4 Georgetown and 0-8 Coppin State, seen above, provided none of that.

2. Students. The undergraduates have been lacking all season, none more so than when they failed to fill McDonough Gym for the Arkansas State game. Student attendance slumped towards the end of last season and are on pace for the smallest numbers in the 36 years Georgetown has played its home games off campus.

3. Demand. There was a time not that long ago when membership in the Hoya Hoop Club and a hefty gift per seat were the only means to procure a good seat in the lower (100) level of Verizon Center. The online ticket after market has decimated any need to buy tickets in advance, much less through the Hoop Club, with some seats going for as little as $6.00 per game this month, forcing the sports promotions staff to ratchet up more offers to get people in the door.

It's a vicious circle of sorts. Without a sustained run in the Big East, local fans will play the numbers, or worse, they won't care. Here are the current prices on StubHub for the next four Georgetown home games versus that of Villanova:

 

Yes, it's easier to drive demand when you're ranked #1 and playing on campus, but the message is clear nonetheless: winning matters. Georgetown has to win more consistently to win back a fan base that's losing patience with a team that is .500 (25-25) in its last 50 games.

With ten home games remaining, Georgetown needs to average 12,065 a game to average a minimum of 10,000 per game, which it did in consecutive seasons from 2005-06 to 2012-13, but not since.

Last year, Georgetown finished 8th in the Big East and missed the post-season. And that's right where NBC Sports.com places the 2016-17 Hoyas as the season approaches.

"The Hoyas have, once again, lost a couple of games they probably shouldn't have lost," writes Terence Payne, who also lists coach John Thompson III as the Big East coach most "under pressure" this season.

The NBC Sports breakdown of the Big East entering conference play:

1. Villanova
2. Creighton
3. Xavier
4. Butler
5. Seton Hall
6. Providence
7. Marquette
8. Georgetown
9. DePaul
10. St. John's

 

Jessie Govan's 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists led four Hoyas in double figures in a solid 78-56 win over UNC-Greensboro at Verizon Center Wednesday.

Despite trailing early, the seeds for a successful outcome were sown early for the Hoyas. Georgetown opened the game shooting six for nine from the field, getting early baskets from Govan, Rodney Pryor, and L.J. Peak. When the defense arrived, the Spartans fell behind quickly.

From a 12-12 tie with just under 15 minutes to halftime, the Hoyas (8-4) went to work. Consecutive baskets by Govan (a two) and Pryor (a three) pushed the lead to 17-12. UNCG added a free throw to get to 17-13, but picked up fouls on each of its next three possessions, cashed in by Georgetown at the line, 23-13. The Spartans missed 12 straight attempts from the field over a 19-2 run that set the Spartans back 17 with 5:51 to play in the first half.

"I thought when we missed some good looks early and it really affected us," said UNCG coach Wes Miller. "We lost our composure."

The Spartans weren't done, however, reverting to the form that has propelled UNCG to its best start of the season in program history. The Spartans answered with a 12-3 run down the stretch that closed the lead to eight, 34-28 into the final minute, but Georgetown answered with authority, thanks to consecutive threes by Kaleb Johnson and Jessie Govan to go up 14 at the break, 40-26.

A similar run by the Spartans opened the second half and was similarly repelled. A 7-2 UNCG run got the score inside double digits, 42-33, whereupon Georgetown head coach John Thompson III called an early time out and the team regrouped, scoring six straight. The Hoyas never looked back, picking up its sixth straight game heading into Big East play.

"There was a stretch where I think we felt things were going pretty easily and we just got careless," Thompson said. "One pass and a shot, we were forcing things and there was a stretch there were it felt like everyone who got the ball decided they were going to go 1-on-1 and our poor offensive decisions allowed them to cut the lead."

The game was the most productive outing for sophomore Jessie Govan since a 27 point effort versus Seton Hall last season. Govan was effective on both ends of the floor--not by a huge talent advantage over his opponents, but by playing smart and getting the plays when he needed them.

"Coaches put a lot of confidence in us to take open shots if we have it.," Govan said. " We feel good about taking it and it's been going in lately."

Govan's effort came as Georgetown's leading scorers, Rodney Pryor and L.J. Peak, scored under their season averages. Pryor, averaging 20.5 ppg entering Thursday's game, was just 4 of 11 from the field, with Peak shooting 3-7. As we noted in our pre-game report coverage, a third option is essential for the Hoyas to maintain a steady presence in Big East play and for one night, anyway, Govan was that option.

Another encouraging effort was displayed by sophomore Marcus Derrickson, who scored 15 points off the bench, 13 after halftime. Derrickson's stat sheet (15 points, six rebounds, no turnovers in 25 minutes) offers promise heading into conference play.

The game was not without some areas for improvement, however. Georgetown was beaten badly, again, on offensive rebounds. UNCG owned a 10-1 lead on offensive rebounds at halftime and 21-8 overall. It wasn't a factor in this game but it will be down the road. Freshman Jagan Mosely scored the opening points of the game and scored just two free throws thereafter. Georgetown's big men outside of Govan fared poorly in this game, with Akoy Agau scoreless in seven minutes and Bradley Hayes missing three short shots and finishing with no points in nine minutes.

Defense drove the victory. UNCG entered the game shooting 46 percent from the field and was held to 30 percent. The starting backcourt for the Spartans combined to shoot 8 for 28, while junior forward Marvin Smith was 0-5 from the floor. Three point shooting failed the Spartans early (0-7) and would not be a factor.

A break for the Christmas holidays leads into a critical two game, three day stretch for Georgetown entering Big East play. A road game at Marquette and an 11 am start at home versus Xavier on New Year's Eve will say much about where Georgetown is relative to conference play. The 8-4 non-conference record isn't where Georgetown wanted to be, but the six game win streak comes at the right time.

"It gets real now," Thompson said.

Here's the Georgetown half of the box score:


            MIN   2FG   3FG   FT  REB  A  PF  PTS
Starters:
Mosely       22   1-4   0-1   1-1   1   4  3    3
Pryor        31   2-6   2-5   2-2   5   1  3   12
Peak         36   2-5   1-2   9-11  4   6  1   16
Agau          7   0-0   0-0   0-0   0   0  2    0
Govan        30   7-11  2-2   0-0  10   6  2   20
Reserves:
Campbell     15   1-2   0-1   0-0   5   3  1    2
Mulmore      13   1-1   0-0   1-2   1   1  0    3
Cameron       1   0-0   0-0   0-0   1   1  0    0
Hines         1   0-0   0-0   0-0   0   0  0    0
Muresan       1   0-0   0-0   0-0   0   0  0    0
Derrickson   25   2-2   3-5   2-2   6   1  4   15
Johnson       8   1-1   1-1   0-2   1   0  1    5
Mourning      1   1-1   0-0   0-0   0   0  0    2
Hayes         9   0-3   0-0   0-1   3   0  1    0
Team Rebounds                       2
TOTALS      200  18-36  9-17 15-21 39  23 18   78

Manley closed? Check.

Jim Boeheim Court Dedication? Check.

Pearl Washington Appreciation Day? Check.

Or as Mike Waters of the Syracuse Post-Standard called it, "The Georgetown Hoyas ruined yet another special day in Syracuse history."

A 23 point effort from L.J. Peak and a strong defensive effort down the stretch piloted Georgetown to its biggest win of the 2016-17 season, a 78-71 win at Syracuse. The Hoyas survived four turnovers in the final 3:27 but put the game away at the line (22-25) while the Orangemen fared poorly when it counted, mussing four of its last six from the foul line and connecting on just 14 of 25 attempts overall.

Even the best of rivalry series can have their off game, but Georgetown-Syracuse is one of the rare breed of games where each game brings a high degree of play and poise. Saturday's game did not disappoint, even as the turnout at the Carrier Dome was its smallest since 2005.Georgetown opened up to an early 4-3 lead behind baskets by Akoy Agau and Jagan Mosely, but Agau was limited by fouls thereafter and Mosely played only six minutes altogether. By contrast, the Orangemen (wearing retro jerseys evocative of the script-Syracuse look of the Pearl Washington era) opened from outside, with threes on four of its first five possessions as SU built a 17-11 lead at the 12:15 mark. Rebounding, both offensively as well as defensively continued to keep the Hoyas a step off their game, as the Hoyas allowed the Orangemen nine offensive rebounds and 11 second chance points by halftime, obscuring a capable defensive effort which held Syracuse to 36 percent shooting in the first half.

Georgetown trailed much of the first half but made a statement in the final seven minutes before intermission. Back to back threes by Rodney Pryor and L.J. Peak erased the deficit and gave Georgetown a 23-22 lead and neither team could get beyond a two point differential for the rest of the half. Georgetown caught two breaks late in the period, one on a offensive rebound and put-back by L.J. Peak at the 1:21 mark (its first offensive rebound converted to points in the half) and a Peak jumper on the last play of the half to tie the score, 33-33. Despite visible struggles to contain the Orangemen, the Hoyas were tied and the half and would be ready for the challenge after halftime.

Syracuse opened the half connecting three of its first four shots but Georgetown's defensive adjustments, save one, kept the Syracuse starters in check. Four SU starters combined to shoot 5 for 15 in the second half but it did not apply to sophomore Tyler Lydon, who had a career second half against Georgetown's zone defense. Lydon's three pointer at the 18 minute mark gave Syracuse a 40-38 lead, its last of the game, as an 8-2 Georgetown run and a series of defensive stops at both ends of the court kept the Hoyas up four at the 13 minute mark. Syracuse closed to within two points on six occasions over the next six minutes, with three of them coming from points from sophomore Jessie Govan. A basket by Lydon at the 6:42 mark, his ninth in ten attempts for the game, brought the 25,101 in the Carrier Dome to its feet, but the Hoyas got some clutch points from Govan and Reggie Cameron to calm the crowd with four minutes remaining.

Turnovers were a problem all day along, and threatened to derail the Hoyas late. Up five, 64-59, Pryor stepped in the sideline, one of four turnovers down the stretch which called up echoes of the finish with Maryland. The Terrapins were able to convert, but the Orangemen were not. On the next possession, Lydon was fouled but missed the back half of two free throws, and gave up a seam in the zone where Jonathan Mulmore connected on a three, 67-60. Syracuse's Taurean Thompson closed the gap to 67-62, whereupon Reggie Cameron's cross-court pass sailed high and out of bounds. Syracuse responded with an off-centered three, and Peak picked up two free throws, 69-62.

Lydon continued to keep Syracuse's hopes alive. he picked up an offensive rebound and basket with 1:28 to play to close to five, 69-64, whereupon Cameron lost the ball out of bounds and was promptly sat by coach John Thompson III. Fouled with 1:19 to play, fifth year transfer Andrew White missed the front and of the one and one, but Govan returned the favor on the next possession and Lydon drove for a layup to close to 69-66. A turnover from Peak continued GU's late game misery, but White was called for an offensive foul with 38 second to play. Free throws from Pryor extended the lead out to 71-66, but Lydon failed at the line, a 1-2 effort that could not keep pace. Free throws by Govan and Peak, part of a sterling 13 for 15 second half effort at the line, put the game away.

Lydon finished with 20 second half points and 28 points overall, a career high. "If Tyler Lydon doesn't have an unbelievable game we lose by 15. That's about what it probably should have been," said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim in post-game remarks.

"You have to be able to take care of the ball and make plays, and obviously make some free throws when you have to have them. We're just not doing enough things right to win the game right now," Boeheim said. The Orangemen shot just 56 percent from the line, missing on 11 of 25 attempts which could well have been the difference in the game.

"We made our foul shots, which was key," said georgetown coach John Thompson III. "It wasn't as pretty as we wanted it to be, but guys made enough plays. It was a team win. You can look at everybody who got in, everybody did their job. They got in and contributed."

The P-word, panic, has been circling around the Hoyas and a 6-4 record which seemed to put its post-season thoughts in some peril. With Syracuse now at 6-4, they're hearing much the same.

"It's not panic time, it's still early," said Syracuse guard John Gillon, who finished with 13 points but on 4 for 14 shooting. "I know we really did need quality wins, but I think our ACC schedule is tough enough to give us enough good wins to be good."

Viewers to the ESPN broadcast got a healthy dose of Big East nostalgia in conjunction with Syracuse's honoring the memory of Dwayne (Pearl) Washington, and very little on the modern day rivalry, much less the modern Big East, which does not exist in the mind of the Worldwide Leader In Sports. No game in the series since 1990 was even cited, but Saturday's win is the first time Georgetown has won back to back games at the Carrier Dome since the 1986-87 and 1987-88 seasons. It's also, by default, the last game Jim Boeheim will coach at home versus the Hoyas, as his negotiated exit after the 2017-18 season leaves one game remaining in the series, at Verizon Center for the Boeheim era, where he is 38-37 all time versus Georgetown.

The Syracuse Daily Orange took note to remind its readers that Syracuse has beaten Georgetown in just one of its last four meetings. It's actually one of its last five and yes, we're keeping score.

Here's the Georgetown half of the box score:


            MIN   2FG   3FG   FT  REB  A  PF  PTS
Starters:
Mosely        6   1-1   0-0   0-0   0   0  1    2
Pryor        34   3-5   3-6   5-5   6   3  1   20
Peak         38   5-9   2-3   7-9  11   4  4   23
Agau          8   2-2   0-0   2-2   1   0  2    6
Govan        23   4-10  0-0   4-5  10   1  3   12
Reserves:
Campbell     15   0-1   0-2   0-0   2   2  0    0
Mulmore      23   0-1   1-1   2-2   0   3  1    5
Cameron      12   1-1   0-1   0-0   1   1  0    2
Derrickson   20   1-5   0-1   2-2   3   2  3    4
Johnson       3   0-0   0-0   0-0   0   0  0    0
Mourning      3   0-1   0-0   0-0   1   0  1    0
Hayes        15   2-3   0-0   0-0   4   0  4    4
Team Rebounds                       2
DNP: Hines, Muresan
TOTALS      200  19-39  6-14 22-25 41  16 20   78

Additional coverage follows below, where the Syracuse media treated this game as along the lines of an NFL playoff game. With its next four opponents featuring the likes of Eastern Michigan, St. John's, Cornell, and Boston College, the Orangemen should be able to pick up some wins, but none carry the emotional firepower of this game nor the disappointment of its loss.

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  • The Carrier Dome has not been friendly to Georgetown fans over the years: Georgetown is 10-22 all time in the building for men's basketball and has lost 14 of 19 since 1992.

    Over the 35 years of games in the Dome between the schools, however, there have been no shortage of great games. Here are ten to remember:

    1. Feb. 9, 1981: Georgetown's debut at the Dome witnessed a memorable Big East performance by Syracuse senior Dan Schayes, who scored 19 points and collected 23 rebounds in a 66-64 Syracuse win. The rebound total remains the most by any Georgetown opponent since 1973.
    2. Jan. 17, 1983: Just two years earlier, Georgetown-Syracuse drew 17,092 at the Dome. Two years later, a record crowd of 31,327 saw the Orangemen erase a 21 point halftime deficit to lead with under 2:00 left, but Georgetown scored the last six points of the game to win 97-92, behind a Big East freshman record 31 points from Michael Jackson.
    3. Jan. 28, 1985: Two days removed from its loss to #2 St. John's, #1-ranked Georgetown was upset at the Dome, 65-63, before 32,329. Patrick Ewing's 21 points and 17 rebounds were matched by Rafael Addison's 26 point, 12 rebound effort, while Dwayne (Pearl) Washington engineered the last minute win.
    4. Feb. 22, 1987:Georgetown's 6-4 "point-center" Perry McDonald turns in a career 26 points and nine rebounds in a 72-71 upset of #9-ranked Syracuse. The Orangemen, en route to its first Final Four since 1975, shoot 15-34 from the line in the one point loss before 32,602.
    5. Jan. 24, 1988: One of the single most memorable games of the decade: in a season where the Hoyas upset the Orangemen twice on last second wins, the Hoyas saved some magic for its game in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse had all five starters in double figures and took the the lead with sight seconds left. "Charles Smith will take it all the way!" pronounced CBS' Billy Packer, and that is precisely what the 6-0 guard did, weaving right through the Orange defenses for a finger roll lay-up at the buzzer before 32,419 shocked Syracuse fans.
    6. March 4, 1990: The largest on-campus crowd in NCAA history (33,015) saw a wild game, including only the third ejection in coach John Thompson's 18 year tenure. Dwayne Bryant scores a career high 25 and the Hoyas lead go ahead by two with :05 left. Then, with time expiring and little hope for a long distance shot, Georgetown senior Sam Jefferson inexplicably fouls Syracuse's Billy Owens, allowing the Orange to send the game into overtime with free throws and to an eventual win.
    7. Jan. 18, 2005: In John Thompson III's first Carrier Dome game, Brandon Bowman's buzzer beater was ruled a two pointer instead of a three because his big toe was on the line; in overtime, Gerry McNamara hit the biggest of his five threes on the evening for a 78-73 win before 23,485, marking Jim Boeheim's 12th overtime win in his last 13.
    8. Feb. 9, 2011: The Hoyas rallied for a 64-56 win, holding the #12 ranked Orangemen to one field goal in the final nine minutes of the game. The win ended a nine year losing streak at the Carrier Dome, and marked the largest margin of victory by a Georgetown team playing in Syracuse since the 1983-84 season.
    9. Feb. 8, 2012: In the fifth game where the Hoyas and Orangemen have gone to overtime in the Carrier Dome, a Kris Joseph three with 26 seconds in overtime was the margin of victory in a 64-61 overtime win, the 20th straight home win for the #2-ranked Orangemen, and the fifth overtime loss in as many games for Georgetown at the House That Jim Boeheim Built.
    10. Feb. 23, 2013: With a career high 33 points from Otto Porter and the 10-rebound game of his life from reserve center Moses Ayegba, the #11 ranked Georgetown Hoyas ended the Big east era of its games in Syracuse as they began it--ending the nation's longest home winning streak in a masterful second half effort over #8 Syracuse, 57-46, before a record 35,012 at the Carrier Dome.Syracuse entered the game having won 38 straight at the Carrier Dome since a Feb. 9, 2011 loss to Georgetown.
    Date Score AP Ranking Leading Scorer Attend.
    GU  SU
    2/13/1980* Georgetown, 52-50   2 Eric Floyd, 21    9,234
    2/9/1981 Syracuse, 66-64     Eric Floyd, 16  17,092
    3/6/1981** Syracuse, 57-53     Eric Floyd, 26  17,101
    1/17/1982 Syracuse, 75-70 8   Eric Floyd, 20  25,623
    1/10/1983 Georgetown, 97-92 17 9 Michael Jackson, 31  31,327
    1/30/1984 Georgetown, 80-67 4 20 Reggie Williams, 22  30,758
    1/28/1985 Syracuse, 65-63 1 11 David Wingate, 16  32,329
    2/23/1986 Syracuse, 64-63 13 9 Reggie Williams, 19  32,475
    2/22/1987 Georgetown, 72-71 11 9 Perry McDonald, 26  32,602
    1/24/1988 Georgetown, 69-68 15 14 Charles Smith, 13  32,419
    3/5/1989 Syracuse, 82-76 2 6 Mark Tillmon, 18  32,683
    3/4/1990 Syracuse, 89-87 (OT) 7 10 Dwayne Bryant, 25  33,015
    3/3/1991 Syracuse, 62-58   6 Alonzo Mourning,  24  33,048
    2/23/1992 Georgetown, 72-68 25 17 Alonzo Mourning,  27  32,996
    2/8/1993 Syracuse, 76-61     Othella Harrington, 13  28,861
    3/6/1994 Syracuse, 81-75   14 Othella Harrington, 19  30,205
    2/26/1995 Georgetown, 81-78   11 Othella Harrington, 27  31,143
    2/10/1996 Syracuse, 85-64 8 18 Jerome Williams, 24  32,589
    2/8/1997 Syracuse, 77-74     Victor Page, 26  29,877
    3/1/1998 Syracuse, 77-72 (OT)   22 Shernard Long, 24  27,726
    2/27/2000 Syracuse, 67-52   13 Lee Scruggs, 22  31,009
    1/29/2001 Syracuse, 70-63 10 12 Kevin Braswell, 23  21,054
    2/24/2002 Georgetown, 75-69     Gerald Riley, 18  29,215
    2/3/2003 Syracuse, 93-80   19 Mike Sweetney, 32  20,702
    1/18/2005 Syracuse, 78-73 (OT)   7 Brandon Bowman, 19  23,485
    2/26/2007 Syracuse, 72-58 12   Summers/Ewing Jr., 10  26,287
    2/16/2008 Syracuse, 77-70 8   Jonathan Wallace, 26  31,327
    2/14/2009 Syracuse, 98-94 (OT)   23 Chris Wright, 25  31,841
    1/25/2010 Syracuse, 73-56 7 5 Austin Freeman, 23  26,508
    2/9/2011 Georgetown, 64-56 11 12 Austin Freeman, 14  26,904
    2/8/2012 Syracuse, 64-61 (OT) 12 2 Otto Porter, 14  27,820
    2/23/2013 Georgetown, 57-46 11 8 Otto Porter, 33  35,012
    * Manley Field House, all others at Carrier Dome
    ** 1981 Big East Tournament
     

    The basketball office has announced the transfer of junior forward Isaac Copeland, marking the fifth departure from John Thompson III's roster in the past four years and the second within four months. The announcement first appeared in the Washington Post.

    Ranked as the #16 high school prospect of 2014 by ESPN.com, Copeland averaged 11.1 points as a sophomore and was expected to take the scoring the lead as a junior. Instead, he averaged just half that amount and played in just one game since Nov. 22, failing to score in five minutes of play.

    But make no mistake: this is a big loss for the Hoyas.

    The timing of the announcement was unusual, in that Georgetown usually announces transfers after finals have taken place. The actual news release numbered four sentences and did not include any comment from coach Thompson.

    Despite horrid numbers for Copeland in his seven games do date, shooting 27 percent from the floor and 0 for 10 from three point range, his loss is a major blow to the Hoyas' scoring depth this season, particularly in the front court. The Hoyas are not getting consistent scoring from its remaining forwards, with neither Akoy Agau (5.5 ppg) and Marcus Derrickson (5.3 ppg) having led the team in scoring in any of the ten games to date. The move leaves only two small forwards on the GU lineup in junior Kaleb Johnson (2.8 ppg) and senior Reggie Cameron (3.0 ppg), who has appeared in just one game this season and was the subject of an unconfirmed report earlier in the season that he had left the team.

    Copeland's departure follows that of a fellow member of the junior class, Paul White, who left the team in August and has since transferred to Oregon.

    Mid-season departues are not altogether uncommon in college basketball--St. John's lost its sophomore center, Yankuba Sima, just last week. When they involve little-used or less regarded players, the impact is minimal. A mid-year transfer of a player like Copeland will add fuel to the slow fire on a program that is seen in decline in Big East circles. Copeland's 75 games, including 49 starts, is the most of any mid-year transfer and the most since George Butler was dismissed from the team in 1995:

    Mid-Year Departures Since 1991

    Player Class Season Points per game Transferred to:
    Charles Harrison So. 1991-92 44 games, 11.5 ppg Wake Forest
    George Butler Sr. 1994-95 40 games, 13.3 ppg None (dismissed from team)
    Eric Myles Jr. 1995-96 25 games, 5.1 ppg Southeast Louisiana
    Kenny Brunner Fr. 1997-98 19 games, 11.2 ppg Fresno St. (never played there)
    Jason Burns Fr. 1999-00 3 games, 0.6 ppg College of Idaho (JC)
    Marc Egerson So. 2006-07 34 games, 3.8 ppg Delaware
    Nikita Mescheriakov Jr 2009-10 30 games, 2.3 ppg Wake Forest
    Greg Whittington So. 2012-13 46 games, 6.5 ppg None (dismissed from team)
    Isaac Copeland Jr. 2016-17 75 games, 8.6 ppg
     

    Additional coverage follows below:

    L.J. Peak and Rodney Pryor combined for 43 points as the Georgetown Hoyas survived a non-conference game disguised as a free throw shooting contest in a 93-78 win over a LaSalle before a announced crowd of just 2,152 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    The teams combined for 58 fouls and 76 free throw attempts in 40 minutes of regulation, with the Hoyas' 14 point advantage at the line the difference in the game.

    LaSalle (4-4) led for the first 18 seconds of the game but none thereafter, but that's not to suggest the game was a foregone conclusion. The Hoyas got scoring from six different players in an early 14-10 lead, but could not shake off the Explorers, thanks to a pair of early threes. But it soon became apparent that this wouldn't a three point shooting contest. Georgetown had already gone to the line six times in the first nine minutes of the first half, and that number would increase as the Explorers' fouling tripped into bonus territory with 10:25 to halftime. By then a 10-3 run had propelled Georgetown to a double digit lead at 28-18, but the Hoyas' offense cooled and the defense struggled against Auburn transfer Jordan Price.

    Price had 15 points at the half and led the Explorers with a 13-3 run heading into the final five minutes of the half, closing to 31-30. A basket by L.J. Peak extended the lead to three, but both teams began a regular appearance at the free throw line. The margin was three entering the final minute when a Jagan Mosely three and a driving Peak layup with one second to halftime extended Georgetown's margin to six, 47-41. The teams had combined for 26 field goals and 29 fouls, with Georgetown's 19-22 effort at the line outpacing LaSalle's 9-14 performance to date.

    The second half followed a similar ebb and flow. Georgetown moved out to a 10 point lead with 16:47 remaining, 56-46, but its shooting went erratic and the Explorers climbed back. Five straight missed attempts opened the door for a LaSalle rally, closing to 57-53 with 13:36 to play but free throw shooting returned to the forefront. LaSalle committed seven fouls within the first four minutes of the half, and ten by the ten minute mark. Georgetown went over the limit at the 9:19 mark, narrowing the lead to 67-66.

    One of two free throws by Price tied the score at 67 with 8:44 to play but Georgetown's defense took hold, committing just one foul over the next four minutes as it held LaSalle on three consecutive possessions. GU answered with a Rodney pryor layup, free throws from L.J. peak, and a a driving jessie Govan layup and a foul to go up eight, 76-68. Consecutive fouls by Demetrius Henry and Tony Washington, each their fifth, depleted the Explorers's defense down the stretch, as baskets by Pryor and Derrickson helped put the game away.

    Peak led all Georgetown scorers with 24, followed by 19 from Pryor and 18 from Govan off the bench. each team had 25 field goals but LaSalle's early foul trouble got GU to the line when it counted.

    LaSalle coach John Giannini can look to the Explorers' plateauing at 67-66 as a turning point in the game.

    "We just lost control of it,", he said. Our defensive results are not good and we have to figure that out."

    The win was a temporary respite for a Georgetown team which is still looking up in the Big East standings. A ESPN2 graphic erroneously displayed in the first half said that Georgetown was 5-5 and off to its worst start since 1973-74. Instead, they are now 6-4, which is where it was a year ago Monday following a loss to Monmouth.

    Here's the Georgetown half of the box score:

    
                MIN   2FG   3FG   FT  REB  A  PF  PTS
    Starters:
    Mosely       30   1-1   3-4   3-4   3   6  3   14
    Pryor        27   4-7   3-6   2-3   4   0  4   19
    Peak         39   6-10  0-0  12-15  4   3  4   24
    Agau         18   0-0   0-0   6-6   2   1  3    6
    Hayes         8   0-3   0-0   2-2   5   0  1    2
    Reserves:
    Campbell     21   0-1   0-0   1-2   1   1  1    1
    Mulmore       5   0-0   0-0   0-0   0   0  1    0
    Govan        18   4-7   0-0  10-11  6   1  4   18
    Derrickson   31   3-6   1-2   0-0   8   1  3    9
    Johnson       3   0-0   0-0   0-0   0   0  2    0
    Mourning      1   0-0   0-0   0-0   0   0  0    0
    Team Rebounds                       3
    DNP: Cameron, Hines, Copeland, Muresan
    TOTALS      200  18-35  7-12 36-43 36  13 26   93
    

    Nearly 100 years since he made his entrance into World War I, former Georgetown mascot Stubby is the subject of an off-Broadway production.

    Sgt. Stubby: The Great American War Dog Musical" is described by its promoters as "Cats meets Hamilton".

    "Sergeant Stubby has been called the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be nominated for rank and then promoted to sergeant through combat, a claim recognized in connection with an exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution," reads a production press release. He was the official mascot of the 102nd Infantry Regiment (United States), assigned to the 26th (Yankee) Division. Stubby served for 18 months and participated in seventeen battles on the Western Front. He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and once caught a German soldier by the seat of his pants, holding him there until American soldiers found him. Back home, his exploits were front-page stories in major newspapers."

    "The noise and strain that shattered the nerves of many of his comrades did not impair Stubby's spirits," wrote the New York Times in 1926, with an obituary that was almost half a page long. "Not because he was unconscious of danger. His angry howl while a battle raged and his mad canter from one part of the lines to another indicated realization. But he seemed to know that the greatest service he could render was comfort and cheerfulness. When he deserted the front lines it was to keep a wounded soldier company in the corner of a dugout or in the deserted section of a trench. If the suffering doughboy fell asleep, Stubby stayed awake to watch."

    The production is performed on weekends at the St. Luke's Theatre at 308 W. 46 St., New York.

    The musical is not the only tribute to the dog, who died in 1926. An animated movie, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero" debuts in 2018, featuring the voices of Helena Bonham Carter and Gerard Depardieu.

    It's the first week of December and Georgetown may already be playing with an NCAA at-large bid in the balance. How did it come to this?

    There are plenty of games to be played, of course. As few as 23 and as many as 25 games still await the Hoyas before the NCAA selection show on March 12, so anything can happen. But can it?

    For a second straight season, early missteps have put Georgetown in a tough spot to dig themselves out of to seek an at-large bid. The problem is apparent: the modern NCAA at-large system takes a dim view of teams with early season losses. Here are five trends to consider and to watch for in December:

    1. Twenty Or Bust: Over the last three seasons of the Big East 3.0 era (2014-present), there have been 108 at-large NCAA selections. Of these, the average record was 23-9. Only six of 108 teams (that's five percent) were invited as an at-large with fewer than 20 wins, and only one of those six had fewer than 19. If you're Georgetown, sitting at 5-4, means you've got to win 15 of its next 23 just to get to 20, which is the bare minimum for contention. A split with Syracuse and Connecticut narrows the gap even further. Putting aside LaSalle and UNC-Greensboro for a moment, a split still requires a 14-7 run into the Big East tournament, just to make it to 20-12.

    And 12 losses isn't a leading indicator, either. While half of the at-large field over the three last three seasons entered with 10 or more losses (54 of 108), just eight of those teams entered with more than 12 losses, and none more than 13.

    2. How About 18?: Prior to the reconstitution of the conference, 18 wins was a bellwether for Georgetown teams into the post-season. Since 1975, no Georgetown team with fewer than 18 regular season wins has ever been invited to the NCAA tournament. And since 1982, only two Georgetown teams with 18 or more wins were denied an NCAA tournament invite: the 2000 NIT team (18-13 regular season) and the 2002 team that turned down the NIT at 19-13. Another trend: only one Georgetown team was invited to the NCAA's with more than 10 regular season losses: the 1990-91 team that was 16-11 but advanced to the Big East finals.

    3. Even Isn't Even Enough: A sweep of LaSalle, Syracuse, UNCG, and UConn would take Georgetown to 9-4. A split of the Big East slate takes Georgetown to 18-13. But a .500 record in Big East play isn't a guarantee, either. Since 2013, four Big East schools have finished with a .500 record (9-9) in conference; of these, only one (Xavier, 2014-15) made the tournament. Compare this to 2000-13, where seven of 21 Big East schools with a .500 conference record qualified for the NCAA's.

    4. Strength of Schedule: Georgetown has played two Top 25 games to date, versus #17 Wisconsin and #24 Oregon. Big East play will feature as many as eight games against top 25 opponents--great for climbing up the ladder, but a steep climb nonetheless. Those eight feature two versus current #1 Villanova, two with #10 Creighton, two with #13 Xavier, two with #17 Butler. In the past three seasons, GU is a combined 11-15 versus these schools.

    5. No Room For Error: The remaining non-conference games of LaSalle, Syracuse, UNC-Greensboro and Connecticut become must-wins at this point. Win all four, Georgetown is 9-4, and a reasonable 10-8 Big East finish sets the Hoyas up for a 19-12 mark entering the conference tournament. A split sends GU to 7-6 out of conference, and the Hoyas would need a 12-6 mark thereafter for 19 wins entering the tournament. Any unexpected stumble with LaSalle (which took Villanova into the final minute Tuesday evening) or UNC-Greensboro (which will likely be 9-3 heading into its game with GU) would really set back Georgetown's spring break plans and force a deep run in the Big East tournament for post-season consideration.

    Exam week games with LaSalle, Syracuse, and UNC-Greensboro are crucial to a team that needs consistency to compete in the Big East. There just hasn't been enough consistency for a team which ranks 159th of 345 teams in field goal defense, 161st in points allowed, 224th in personal fouls, 252nd in turnovers and 257th in rebounds allowed per game. None of those numbers suggest one of 36 at-large teams in the 2017 tournament, but now is the time to address it.

    Sometimes, the outcome of a game is measured by seconds. Such was the case Sunday as Georgetown held off a late rally to defeat Elon 77-74 before 8,645 at Verizon Center.

    For Georgetown to earn its fifth win of the 2016-17 season, it had to endure a rough first half in which it never led. The Hoyas opened the game shooting two of nine and five of its first 15. Elon (6-2) proved a challenging foe early with its use of the three point shot, connecting on five of seven attempts in the first ten minutes and extending its lead to 25-16 with 10:41 to halftime. The Phoenix would extend its lead to as many as 10, 27-17, before the Hoyas began to tighten its perimeter defense and turn up the pressure with rebounding. Georgetown had only four offensive rebounds at intermission but they all came down the stretch of the first half where the Hoyas needed better frontcourt play, and got it.

    An offensive rebound and put back by Marcus Derrickson took the Hoyas within eight, 27-19. A foul on Rodney Pryor's three point attempt closed to five, 27-22, with 6:02 left. Free throws closed the margin into the final two minutes, whereupon baskets by Jessie Govan and L.J. Peak tied the score at 36 at halftime. The Hoyas shot just 39 percent for the half, one for seven from three point range, but dominated at the free throw line (13 for 15), holding the Phoenix without an attempt at the line.

    The Hoyas opened the second half with its most productive run of the entire season, shooting 7 for 7 to open the period and racing to a 50-41 lead by the 16 minute time out, part of a 33-14 run over the prior 11 minutes. Georgetown led by as many as 11 until the Phoenix went back to the three pointer and the Hoyas' shooting returned to form. A Brian Dawkins layup narrowed the lead to nine at the 15 minute mark, while consecutive Georgetown turnovers were converted to consecutive threes as the Georgetown lead evaporated to 52-49.

    The next ten minutes saw Georgetown's lead bend but not break, ranging from one to five points. From a 65-64 lead with 6:00 remaining, the Hoyas scored six of the next eight, with a basket by Peak and foul shots by Rodney Pryor put the Hoyas back up five, 71-66, with 4:12 to play.

    An important moment in the run came with 3:42 to play, where an Elon basket was overruled by video replay that could have cut the lead to three; instead, Georgetown extended the lead to eight, 76-68, with 2:36 to play, and subsequently needed every one of those 156 seconds to hold on at the end.

    The culprit was a familiar one: Georgetown's lack of composure in end-game situations. Elon added full court pressure that Georgetown struggled against, while its perimeter defense sagged and opened up shots that it had heretofore repelled through much of the second half.

    Elon failed to capitalize on Georgetown turnovers at the 2:09 and 1;37 mark, but a jessie Govan foul was converted into free throws, 76-70. On the ensuing play, Derrickson missed a layup and Elon's Dmitri Thompson went inside for a layup, 76-72. Jonathan Mulmore missed the front end of a one and one with 41 seconds remaining. Quickly fouled, Peak went to the line. His first shot bounced twice over the rim before falling in, but the second was missed and Elon guard drove inside for a second layup, 76-74.

    Peak was fouled with six seconds left, but missed the front end of the one and one. Peak's defense on Eddy, moving down the court with seconds to play, was pivotal. Eddy, who had been held in check from the three point line all afternoon (2-8), opted not to set up and take the three, but instead drove inside the arc to feed Stephen Santa Ana on the perimeter. Peak forced Eddy into taking an extra step into the lane, which caused his pass to Santa Ana to arrive a second late as time expired.

    Georgetown's scoring was again weighted on Rodney Pryor and L.J. Peak, who accounted for 45 points and 24 of the team's 41 points after halftime. While the Hoyas shot 70 percent for the second half, rebounding was deficient, as Georgetown failed to collect a single offensive rebound after halftime as Elon grabbed eight in the half and carried a 13-4 advantage on the offensive boards overall. Jessie Govan had a strong game with 13 points, while Bradley Hayes and Marcus Derrickson struggled throughout against smaller opponetns, missing a combined seven of nine attempts.

    The win was a hard fought one, but should have not been as close against a team picked eighth in the CAA pre-season projections. Late game troubles will be magnified against tougher opponents, especially in Big East play.

    Sunday's game was a doubleheader for the BB&T Classic, where a smaller crowd remained to watch Florida State defeat George Washington 67-48 in the second game.

    Here's the Georgetown half of the box score:

    
                MIN   2FG   3FG   FT  REB  A  PF  PTS
    Starters:
    Mosely        7   0-0   0-0   0-0   0   0  2    0
    Pryor        38   6-9   1-5   8-9   5   3  2   23
    Peak         40   8-11  1-2   3-5   8   3  0   22
    Agau         21   1-2   0-0   5-6   7   1  0    7
    Hayes        13   1-3   0-0   1-2   4   1  2    3
    Reserves:
    Campbell     26   2-3   1-2   0-0   2   4  2    7
    Mulmore      10   0-1   0-0   0-1   0   0  0    0
    Copeland      5   0-0   0-1   0-0   0   0  1    0
    Govan        24   5-5   1-2   0-1   3   1  4   13
    Derrickson   16   1-4   0-2   0-0   2   0  3    2
    Team Rebounds                       1
    DNP: Cameron, Hines, Muresan, Johnson, Mourning
    TOTALS      200  24-38  4-14 17-24 32  13 16   77