WASHINGTON - With the game tied, and a one-second difference between the game and shot clock, Jagan Mosely (Marlboro, N.J./St. Anthony) found an open Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) on the perimeter as the junior nailed a 3-pointer with just 4.5 seconds left in the game. The shot sealed the Georgetown men's basketball 83-80 victory over the visiting Seton Hall University Pirates. With the win, Georgetown improved to 14-10 overall with a 4-9 record in BIG EAST Conference play. Seton Hall slipped to 17-8 overall with a 6-6 mark in league action.
"We could have easily let the rope go but we fought," Head Coach Patrick Ewing said after the game. "We came into the half with a 13-point lead and we went up a little more, but they are a very good team, they fought back and cut the lead and they tied it. We did a great job of fighting back and keeping our composure and making the shot at the end to secure the win."
Derrickson led the Hoyas with 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting and a career-high 18 rebounds, tallying his sixth double-double of the season. Derrickson's 18 boards was the most for a Hoya since Bradley Hayes grabbed 18 against UNC Asheville during the 2015-16 season. Derrickson led a trio in double figures as freshman Jamorko Pickett (Washington, D.C./Massanutten Military Academy [Va.]) chipped in 18 points of his own and junior center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) added 11. Govan added seven boards while Pickett recorded two of GU's three blocks on the day.
Georgetown shot 51.6 percent for the game, on 32-of-62 shooting, while also managing 22 assists. The Hoyas were narrowly outrebounded by the Pirates, 36-35, just the fourth team this season to achieve that feat.
Georgetown was on the board quickly behind a free throw from Govan and a bucket from junior forward Kaleb Johnson (South Hill, Va./The Carlisle School). SHU cut the deficit to one but it was another GU layup, this time from senior guard Jonathan Mulmore (New Orleans, La./Redemption Christian [Texas]/Allegany), that put the Hoyas ahead once again. A long ball from the Pirates knotted the score at five, but Georgetown managed an 8-3 run to take the 13-8 lead early in the frame. The Hoyas traded points but it was the block from Derrickson on the defensive end that led to the Johnson layup on the other end for the 17-12 advantage.
A Govan jumper moved the Hoyas ahead, 19-12. A triple from graduate student Trey Dickerson (Queens, N.Y./God's Academy [Texas]/South Dakota) followed by a Mosely layup gave the Hoyas a 10-point advantage, 24-14, with 8:28 left in the half.
Georgetown held the lead but as the Pirates began to chip away, the Blue & Gray called a timeout and regrouped, tallying back-to-back layups after the timeout. Another Derrickson bucket pushed the Hoyas ahead 25-34, but the crowd roared after Pickett's commanding block that blindsided the shooter. The Hall made efforts at the line but a pair of conventional three-point plays, one each credited to Derrickson and Pickett, gave the Hoyas another double-digit lead, 40-29. Moments later, Mulmore battled through traffic, secured the layup and drew the foul. His three-point effort followed by Derrickson's dagger with 38 seconds on the clock gave the Hoyas a 46-31 lead. The Pirates would hit a pair of free throws as the Hoyas took a 46-33 lead into the break.
Immediately out of the break, Govan and Pickett tallied quick jumpers to extend the lead to 17, 50-33. For the second time in the game, Pickett got up for the commanding block on the other end, but as the Hoyas were able to stifle SHU's inside play, the Pirates looked to the perimeter, nailing a pair of treys to get back on track. Seton Hall clawed back, cutting the deficit to six on a 12-1 run, 51-45. The Hoyas went cold from the floor, but Pickett was able to bring the Blue & Gray back as his jumper ended the scoring drought and he followed it up by nailing a 3-pointer as GU held the 56-51 advantage. The teams traded baskets as Georgetown maintained the lead, 64-57, following a Govan bucket.
Blair tallied all three of his shots from the free-throw line as he was fouled on his 3-point attempt but SHU's Myles Powell nailed a pair of treys to knot the score at 67 with 6:12 remaining in the stanza. A layup on the other end gave the Pirates their first lead of the half. A pair of free throws from Dickerson tied the game at 69. A key stop on the other end resulted in a Pickett dunk as the Blue & Gray regained the lead, 71-69. SHU took the lead on a trey but Pickett had the answer with a quick-release triple of his own. Another defensive stop set up Derrickson for the short jumper that rolled the rim before dropping to give GU the 76-72 lead with 3:15 on the clock.
Another long ball from The Hall cut the lead to one but a spin move from Dickerson under the basket gave the Hoyas breathing room, 78-75. Govan floated in a jumper to make it a two-possession game, 80-75, but a traditional three-point play followed by another bucket knotted the game at 80 with 31 seconds on the clock, setting up Derrickson for the game-winning shot.
Seton Hall shot 45.6 percent for the game and Powell and Desi Rodriguez tallied 25 and 24 points, respectively.
Georgetown returns to action on Tuesday, Feb. 13, when the Hoyas travel to Indianapolis to visit the Butler Bulldogs. Tipoff at Hinkle Fieldhouse is set for 6:30 p.m. and the game will be shown live on CBS Sports Network. The game can be heard locally on WNEW 99.1 FM with Rich Chvotkin handling the call.