Balanced Effort Leads Georgetown Past No. 7 Michigan State, 64-60
Feb. 1, 2014
NEW YORK - Senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) scored 16 points, had four assists and two rebounds to lead three players in double figures as Georgetown used a balanced effort en route to a 64-60 win over No.7 Michigan State at Madison Square Garden Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) scored 12 points and had eight rebounds, while junior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) had s10 points, three rebounds and four blocks and senior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) added eight points and six rebounds.
The Hoyas improved to 12-9 overall.
The Hoyas trailed at the break but used an early run in the second half to open up an eight-point lead, 44-36, midway through the half. GU still led by four, 52-48, after a free throw from Michigan State's Gary Harris, but Hopkins scored on a dunk and then hit two free throws with 1:48 to play to make it 56-51. Harris hit a three-pointer to cut the gap to two points, but junior forward Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) tipped in a missed basket and gave GU a 58-54 lead with 1:07 to play.
Georgetown trailed by a point, 30-29, at the break, but scored the first five points of the second half and took a 34-30 lead after a three-pointer freshman forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic) and a jumper from Starks. That was part of a larger 15-6 run over the opening 8:40 of the second half as GU took a 44-36 lead on a jumper in the lane from senior forward Moses Ayegba (Kano, Nigeria/Progressive Christian [Md.]) with 11:04 to play in the game.
The first half was back and forth with five ties and six lead changes and Michigan State holding a 30-29. The Hoyas jumped out a quick 4-0 lead after baskets from Hopkins and scored five-straight points to take a 13-8 lead on a one of two free throws from Starks at 13:55. The lead was cut to 44-40 on a jumper from Gary Harris, but the Hoyas responded with s layup from Trawick and a layup from Lubick, where he inbounded the ball off the back of a Michigan State player, to take a 48-42 lead at 7:05.
The Spartans pulled to within 50-48 on a three-pointer from Harris with 4;00 on the clock, but Starks responded, hitting a mid-range jumper to make it 52-48 with 3:30 play.
Michigan State used a 10-0 run over 2:05 to take an 18-13 lead on a three-pointer from Gary Harris at the 10:05 mark, but the Hoyas scored five-straight and tied the game at 18-all on a conventional three-point play from Smith-Rivera with 7:04 to play in the half. The Spartans took a 24-20 lead on a three-point from Kenny Kaminski, but the Hoyas responded with a 6-2 spurt over 1:50 and took a 26-24 lead on free throws from Smith-Rivera with 2:09 left. GU fell behind 30-27 but free throws from Lubick cut the margin to one at the break.
Georgetown continues its two-game road swing on Monday, Feb. 3, visiting BIG EAST Conference rival DePaul. The game tips off at Allstate Arena at 9 p.m. It will be shown live on Fox Sports 1, with Eric Collins and Stephen Bardo calling all of the action. Fans locally can tune in to ESPN 980 AM for the radio call of Rich Chvotkin.