OMAHA, Neb. - The Georgetown University men's basketball team's late comeback fell short as the Hoyas dropped an 85-77 decision at CenturyLink Center Omaha. It was the second-consecutive loss for the Blue & Gray as the team slips to 13-8 on the year with a 3-7 mark in league play. The Bluejays improve to 17-5 with a 7-3 mark in league action.
Freshman guard Jahvon Blair (Brampton, Ont./Athlete Institute Prep) poured in a career-high 21 points, bolstered by five 3-pointers and a perfect 4-of-4 performance from the free throw line. Junior forward Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) added 17 points, while adding five rebounds. Freshman guard Jamorko Pickett (Washington, D.C./Massanutten Military Academy [Va.]) registered a team-best six boards to go with nine points.
The Hoyas shot 45.5 percent from the field including an 11-for-26 effort from distance. Georgetown outrebounded Creighton, 32-26, taking the edge with nine offensive rebounds to the Bluejays' three, recording 11 second chance points in the game.
Creighton opened the game on an 8-2 run but back-to-back 3-pointers from junior center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) and Pickett that sandwiched a commanding Govan block knotted the game early. Creighton staged another small run, leading 20-13, but an 18-3 effort from Georgetown behind three-consecutive triples from Blair was enough to push the Blue & Gray up 28-23. A pair of Bluejay free throws slowed down the run before Creighton had a chance to regroup during the timeout as the Hoyas led 28-25.
Five unanswered from the Bluejays forced the GU timeout. Out of the quick break, sophomore guard Jagan Mosely (Marlboro, N.J./St. Anthony) nailed a 3-pointer to regain the lead and junior forward Kaleb Johnson (South Hill, Va./The Carlisle School) sunk a pair of free throws to extend the lead to 33-30. However, the Hoyas would go cold for the remainder of the frame as Creighton went into the break leading 46-33.
CU opened the second half with a jumper but it was all Georgetown after that as the junior trio of Derrickson, Govan and Johnson combined for the next six points to cut the deficit to single digits, 48-39. Creighton answered with another 3-pointer but Derrickson had an answer as he floated in a jumper to keep the Hoyas within 10, 51-41. Creighton had another six unanswered to prompt the Georgetown timeout. As both teams struggled from the field, it was Georgetown clawing its way back from the charity stripe, knocking down five to trail 57-46.
The Hoyas broke up the field goal drought but it was right back to the line as the Hoyas cut it to nine, 61-52, following four-straight Derrickson free throws. A Johnson layup followed by a bucket from Blair pulled the Blue & Gray within six, 62-56. Creighton hit another jumper to give the Bluejays breathing room but 3-pointers from Pickett and Blair cut the lead to five, 67-62. Derrickson's jumper cut it to four and the 3-pointer from senior guard Jonathan Mulmore (New Orleans, La./Redemption Christian [Texas]/Allegany) made it a one-possession affair as the Hoyas trailed, 68-67, with 4:25 on the clock.
The Bluejays continued to push ahead but another Blair trey pulled the Hoyas within one, 71-70. Creighton managed five unanswered before a Derrickson layup broke up the CU scoring. Derrickson was fouled on his 3-point attempt and made all three of his shots as the Hoyas trailed 80-75 in the waning seconds of regulation. Creighton closed the game on free throws and sealed the 85-77 victory.
Creighton shot 52.9 percent for the game as Marcus Foster led the team with 28 points.
Georgetown remains on the road for the remainder of its three-game stint, traveling to Cincinnati on Saturday, Feb. 3. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET and the game will be shown live on CBS Sports Network and can be heard locally on WNEW 99.1 FM with Rich Chvotkin handling the call.