Jan. 26, 2016
WASHINGTON - Georgetown overcame an 11-point deficit with 2:32 to play to come back and defeat Creighton, 74-73, at Verizon Center on Tuesday night. The Hoyas led by one at halftime but the Bluejays pulled away late in the second half before the Blue & Gray went on a 15-3 run over the final 2:17 of regulation to solidify the thrilling comeback victory in front of a boisterous home crowd.
Georgetown improves to 13-8 overall and 6-2 in the BIG EAST Conference, while Creighton falls to 14-7 overall and 5-3 in league play.
Trailing 70-59 with 2:32 to play after a layup from CU's Maurice Watson Jr., the Hoyas quickly got back into it, using an 11-1 run and pulling to within one point, 71-70, on a dunk from freshman forward Kaleb Johnson (South Hill, Va./Carlisle School). A pair of CU free throws followed by a tip in from junior forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic) kept GU within one with 30 seconds on the clock. Senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) sunk a pair of free throws with six seconds remaining for the 74-73 victory.
Smith-Rivera scored 19 points, had three rebounds and three assists to lead the Hoyas, while sophomore guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) scored 11 points, freshman forward Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) added 10 points and four rebounds and sophomore forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) had seven points and 10 rebounds.
The Hoyas led 32-31 at the half and a four-point play from Derrickson extended the lead to 36-33, but Creighton used a 9-0 run, capped by a layup from Geoffrey Grosselle, and took the lead, 42-36, with 16:19 to play.
A 3-pointer from Smith-Rivera cut the margin to three points, 42-39, with 15:49 left, but a 6-2 run extended CU's lead to 48-41 on free throws from Isaiah Zierden with 13:07 to play. GU twice cut the Creighton lead to three points prior to the final minutes of play, first at 48-45 on a Copeland layup with 11:26 left and then at 54-51 on a dunk and free throw from Peak with 9:20 left. The Bluejays then went on a 9-2 run and took their biggest lead of the game, 64-53, on a jumper from Watson with 5:01 to play.
The first half was back and forth with two ties and 11 lead changes and the Hoyas used an 8-0 run over the final 2:33 to take a 32-31 lead on a pair of free throws from sophomore forward Trey Mourning (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades) with 32 seconds on the clock.
The Hoyas had taken a 6-5 lead on a jumper from senior center Bradley Hayes (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) before Creighton scored seven-straight points and took a 12-6 lead on free throws from Watson at the 13:45 mark. Georgetown responded with an 11-4 run over 5:18 and took a 17-16 lead on a Smith-Rivera 3-pointer with 8:14 to play.
A jumper from Copeland and a layup from Smith-Rivera gave the Blue & Gray a 24-21 lead with 6:29 to play, but Creighton would go on a 10-0 run and took a 31-24 lead on a layup from Watson at the 4:02 mark. GU began its run with a layup from Smith-Rivera sandwiched around baskets from Mourning. His second jumper cut the Creighton lead to 31-30 and the sophomore hit a pair of free throws to give the Hoyas the halftime lead.
Georgetown is back home again on Saturday, Jan. 30, hosting BIG EAST Conference rival No. 10 Providence at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. The game will be shown live on FOX Sports 1 and can be heard locally on 106.7 FM The Fan WJFK.