WASHINGTON - Junior forward Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) nailed a game-tying 3-pointer to force a second overtime as the Hoyas outlasted the visiting St. John's University Red Storm for the 93-89 double-overtime win. Derrickson tallied a career-high 27 points en route to the victory that claimed the regular season sweep over the Johnnies. With the win, Georgetown improves to 13-6 on the year with a 3-5 mark in BIG EAST play.
"We were using the Syracuse and Butler games as motivation," Derrickson said postgame. "We didn't want to have outcomes like those again. We just played hard and fought hard `til the end and we were lucky enough to come out with the win."
Derrickson's career-high 27 points led five players in double figures as junior center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) and freshman guard Jamorko Pickett (Washington, D.C./Massanutten Military Academy [Va.]) each chipped in 16 points -- a career best for the freshman. Freshman guard Jahvon Blair (Brampton, Ont./Athlete Institute Prep) added 15 points and sophomore guard Jagan Mosely (Marlboro, N.J./St. Anthony) put up 12 to round out those in double figures. Derrickson added 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season, while Pickett came just shy with nine boards. Mosely paced the offense with seven assists.
"They finally showed that they're not freshman anymore," Head Coach Patrick Ewing said of Blair and Pickett after the game. "They did everything for us offensively and defensively. They still made some mistakes, but for the most part they did a lot of things for us -- rebound the basketball, make shots and played great defense."
Georgetown shot 40.0 percent from the field, including an impressive 11 3-pointers, tying its season best. GU was sharp from downtown, hitting 47.8 of its shots from beyond the perimeter. The Blue & Gray used a balanced scoring effort, receiving 27 points from its bench to SJU's five. The Hoyas outrebounded the Red Storm, 46-45.
The first half went back and forth with both teams trading the lead. It was an impressive block from junior forward Kaleb Johnson (South Hill, Va./The Carlisle School) on the defensive end that resulted in Derrickson drawing the foul and sinking a free throw, later followed by a pair from Mosely to knot the score at 15. St. John's staged a 9-2 run to take the 24-17 lead before Pickett picked up the next five points to cut the deficit to two, 24-22. A Derrickson hook shot tied the game at 24 but the Red Storm scored a quick bucket to take the lead back. A 3-pointer from senior guard Jonathan Mulmore (New Orleans, La./Redemption Christian [Texas]/Allegany) gave the Hoyas the 27-26 lead. St. John's tied it up on a free throw but a Blair 3-pointer with less than a minute left in the frame gave the Hoyas a 30-27 lead. The Johnnies closed to within one, 30-29, going into the break.
The Red Storm started the second stanza with a hot hand, scoring the first six points. A Johnson tip-in stopped the run and Pickett's third 3-pointer tied the game at 35. SJU went on an 11-4 run to take the 46-39 advantage. A Govan dunk invigorated the crowd as the Hoyas began to chip away at the Red Storm's lead. Another Pickett trey pulled the Blue & Gray within two, 54-52.
Derrickson added a basket and a Blair 3-pointer from the corner gave the Hoyas the 57-56 lead with 5:32 remaining in the frame. Despite another commanding Govan dunk to extend the lead to 61-58, St. John's would not go away, tying it at 65 with just shy of two minutes on the clock. Blair, fouled on his trey, hit all three foul shots to take the 68-65 lead.
The Red Storm cut it to one, 68-67, with 28 seconds left in regulation. Govan's free throw gave the Hoyas the 69-67 advantage but a St. John's layup on the other end tied the game at 69 with 13 seconds on the clock. As the seconds ticked down, the longtime rivals headed to overtime.
The Hoyas were the first on the board in the first overtime frame with Derrickson hitting a pair of free throws. SJU would tie it up moments later at 71 apiece. A Derrickson layup gave the Hoyas the 73-72 edge but St. John's scored six unanswered to go up 78-73 with 24 seconds left in the overtime period. Fouled on his 3-point attempt, Derrickson sank all three free throws to cut the deficit to two, 78-76. SJU managed one of its two foul shots to keep it a one-possession game, 79-76. However, Derrickson - capping off an overtime frame where he scored all 10 points - nailed the tying 3-pointer to force a second overtime.
Derrickson continued his scoring ways with a jumper to get the Hoyas on the board first, 81-79. On GU's next possession, Mosely knocked down GU's 11th trey of the game and drew the foul to complete a four-point play and take the 85-79 lead. The Red Storm clawed back to within three, 85-82, on free throw, but it was another Derrickson jumper followed by a pair of free throws that would put the game out of reach for the visiting Johnnies as the Hoyas took the 93-89 victory.
St. John's shot 42.7 percent from the field (32-of-75) with Shamorie Ponds' 33 points leading the way for the Red Storm.
The Hoyas continue their three-game homestand, hosting the DePaul University Blue Demons on Wednesday, Jan. 24. Tipoff at Capital One Arena is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. and the game can be seen live on FS1 with Brian Custer calling the play-by-play and Tarik Turner providing color analysis. The game can be heard locally on WJFK 106.7 FM The Fan with Rich Chvotkin handling the call.