Jan. 31, 2015
Omaha, Neb. - Junior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) scored a game-high 24 points and No. 21 Georgetown held Creighton without a field goal for more than 17 minutes en route to a 67-40 win over the Bluejays in front of 17,499 at Century Link Center Saturday afternoon.
It was the fifth win in the last six games, and the seventh in the last nine, for the Hoyas, who improve to 15-6 overall and 7-3 in the BIG EAST. Creighton falls to 10-13 overall and 1-9 in league play.
Smith-Rivera connected on 9-of-17 shots from the field, including 4-of-9 from 3-point land, and added three rebounds and two assists, while senior guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) had 15 points and four rebounds.
Nine different players scored for the Hoyas, who finished the game shooting 50.0 percent from the floor (26-of-52), including 57.7 percent in the second half (15-of-26). GU hit a BIG EAST-season high 10 3-pointers, connecting on 43.5 percent of its shots from long distance, and was 55.6 percent from the free throw line (5-of-9).
Leading by 11 points, 28-17, at the half, the Hoyas continued their strong defensive performance, holding Creighton without a field goal for the first 7:09 and using a 16-2 run over that span to widen the gap to 43-18 on a 3-pointer from Trawick with 13:01 to play in the game.
The Hoyas held the Bluejays without a field goal for 17:17 between the first and second half, a 3-pointer from Avery Dingman breaking the spell and making it 43-21.
A jumper from senior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) gave GU a 47-24 lead with 9:31 to play, but Creighton pulled to within 56-39 on a 3-pointer from Toby Hegner and a free throw from Rick Kreklow with 4:44 left. The Hoyas, however, hit three-straight 3-pointers - Smith-Rivera shots sandwiched around one from Trawick - and took a 65-39 lead on a Smith-Rivera trey with 2:07 left.
A jumper from sophomore forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic) gave GU its biggest lead, 67-40, with just over a minute to play in the game.
Georgetown used a 16-2 run over the final 9:49 of the first half and took a 28-17 lead into the break, holding the Bluejays without a field goal during that span and allowing only two free throws.
The Hoyas took a 9-0 lead four minutes into the game after a 3-pointer from freshman forward L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) and a layup from Smith-Rivera. The lead was 12-2 following a 3-pointer from freshman forward Paul White (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young), but Creighton would catch fire and used a 13-0 run over 4:30 and took a 15-12 lead on a layup from Devin Brooks with 10:09 to play.
That would be the last field of the first half for Creighton, as Georgetown used a 16-2 spurt over the final 8:27 of the half and took a 28-17 lead at the break on a put-back dunk from freshman forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Bridgeton Academy [N.H.]).
Hopkins finished with eight points, eight rebounds and a team-high three assists, while Copeland added seven points and a career-high eight rebounds.
Georgetown is back in action at home on Wednesday, Feb. 4, hosting long-time BIG EAST rival Providence at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for 9 p.m. The game will be shown live on CBS Sports Network, with Andrew Catalon calling the play-by-play, Steve Lappas serving as the color analyst and Evan Washburn on the sidelines. To find CBS Sports Network in your area, please visit http://www.cbssportsnetwork.com/channel-finder. Fans locally can tune in to ESPN 980 AM for the radio call of Rich Chvotkin.