WASHINGTON - Georgetown put four players in double figures and held St. John's to only 19 second half points en route to an 83-55 win at Verizon Center on Monday.
The win improves the Hoyas to 9-8 on the season and gives the Blue & Gray its first BIG EAST Conference win of the year at 1-4. St. John's falls to 8-10 overall and 2-3 in league play.
Junior guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) scored 16 points, grabbed four rebounds and had two assists to lead four players in double figures for the Hoyas. Freshman guard Jagan Mosely (Marlboro, N.J./St. Anthony) added 13 points and six rebounds, while graduate student guard Rodney Pryor (Evanston, Ill./Notre Dame Prep/Robert Morris) added 13 points and eight rebounds and sophomore forward Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.] netted 11 points.
The Hoyas led 44-37 at the break and held St. John's to only two points through the first 11:47 of the second half. Georgetown used a 19-2 run to take a 63-39 lead on a pair of free throws from Mosely at the 9:37 mark and maintained at least a 20-point lead the rest of the way capped by a 30-point advantage at 83-53 on a baseline jumper from Trey Mourning (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades) with 1:16 to play.
Georgetown took a 44-37 lead into halftime after a 3-pointer from Derrickson with 14 seconds left in the opening frame.
St. John's had an early 12-8 lead after a conventional three-point play from Kassoum Yakwe with 15:57 left in the half. The Hoyas tied the game at 12-all on a dunk from Pryor with 12:45 to play and pushed their lead to 21-16 on a trey from Derrickson with 9:28 to play.
GU pushed its lead to seven points, 30-23, on a layup from Pryor with 6:23 to play in the half. The Red Storm pulled to within three points twice, the last on a free throw from Shamorie Ponds with 3:04 to play, making it 33-30. Free throws from Mosely and a 3-pointer from Derrickson gave GU a 38-30 lead with 2:20 to play.
Georgetown is off until Saturday, Jan. 14, when the Hoyas play the third game of a four-game homestand, hosting former conference rival Connecticut at Verizon Center. The game will be shown live on FS1, with Gus Johnson and Jim Jackson calling the game. Fans locally can tune in to 106.7 FM The Fan for the radio call of Rich Chvotkin.