Georgetown Falls to Providence in First BIG EAST Road Game, 70-52

Forward Aaron Bowen (23) shoots the ball against the Providence Friars.

Jan. 8, 2014

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WASHINGTON - Georgetown fell behind early and rallied to tie the game late in the first half, but Providence used a big second half to pull away as the Hoyas fell to the Friars, 70-52, at the Dunkin' Donuts Center Wednesday night.

Georgetown had a three-game win streak end and drops to 10-4 overall and 2-1 in the BIG EAST, while Providence improves to 11-5 overall and 1-2 in league play.

Sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead Georgetown, while junior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) added 12 points.

Senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep), scored eight points and senior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) added five points and nine rebounds.

Georgetown trailed by five points at the break and quickly cut it to three points when Starks found Lubick for a layup on the opening possession. Trailing 35-27 after Providence's Josh Fortune hit a three-pointer, the Hoyas went on a 7-2 run and cut the lead to 37-34 after a layup from Hopkins at 15:18.

The Friars, however, responded with a 14-0 run over 3:48, started by two Fortune three-pointers, and extended their lead to 17 points, 51-34, on a jumper from Fortune at 10:50.

The Hoyas struggled to get going in the first half, not scoring a basket for the first 5:16 before Lubick hit a layup, making it 6-2. The Friars extended their lead to 10 points, 14-4, on a three-pointer from Cotton, but Georgetown began to warm up.

After hitting only one of their first six shots, the Hoyas connected on 9-of-21 over the final 15 minutes and used a 17-7 run to tie the game at 21-all on back-to-back three-pointers from Smith-Rivera, the last at 4:02. Providence took the lead back on free throws from Kadeem Batts and went into the break with a 28-23 lead after a Josh Fortune layup with one second left.

Georgetown played without junior center Joshua Smith (Kent, Wash./Kentwood/UCLA), who did not make the trip to Providence.

Georgetown continues its three game road trip on Saturday, Jan. 11, visiting new BIG EAST Conference member Butler. Tip-off at famed Hinkle Fieldhouse is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on Fox Sports 1 and can be heard locally on Sports Talk AM 570.



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