WASHINGTON - Georgetown sophomore center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) scored a season-high 23 points and three Hoyas scored in double figures en route to an 80-62 win over Marquette on Saturday afternoon at Verizon Center.
Georgetown improves to 14-12 overall and 5-8 in the BIG EAST Conference with the win, while Marquette falls to 15-10 overall and 6-8 in league play.
Govan hit 9-of-19 shots from the floor and added seven rebounds to finish with 23 points, the fourth time this season he has scored at least 20. Junior guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) scored 20 points, had five rebounds and four assists, with no turnovers, while graduate student guard Rodney Pryor (Evanston, Ill./Notre Dame Prep/Robert Morris) registered his second double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds and junior forward Akoy Agau (Omaha, Neb./Omaha Central/Louisville) added six points and 11 rebounds, his third game with at least 10 rebounds this season.
The Hoyas opened up a nine-point lead at the break (41-32) and scored the first five points of the second half -- a layup from Peak, followed by 1-of-2 free throws from Govan and a jumper from the 6-10 center -- and pushed the margin to 46-32, forcing Marquette to call a timeout 1:40 into the half.
The Golden Eagles pulled to within 46-36 and trailed 48-38 after a layup from Matt Heldt, but a 14-6 Georgetown run was capped by a dunk from Pryor with 9:18 to play. Marquette would get no closer than 13 points the rest of the way. The Hoyas took their biggest lead, 74-54, on a jumper from sophomore forward Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) with 4:15 to play in the game.
The Hoyas jumped out to a 41-32 lead in the half, putting three players in double figures -- Pryor with 12, Peak with 11 and Govan with 10 -- and shooting 51.6 percent from the floor.
Georgetown took an early lead and never trailed in the half. A Pryor layup capped a 9-2 run and gave GU an 11-4 lead at 15:15. After Marquette pulled to within 11-9 on a three-point play from Andrew Rowsey, Georgetown used a 9-0 run to take a 20-11 lead on a dunk from Pryor with 11:10 to play.
The Golden Eagles would pull to within two points, 30-28, late in the half, but the Blue & Gray outscored the visitors 11-4 over the final 2:57 and took a 41-32 lead on a tip-in from freshman guard Jagan Mosely (Marlboro, N.J./St. Anthony).
The Hoyas connected on 53.7 percent of their field goals (29-of-54), 50.0 percent of their 3-pointers (6-of-12) and shot 64.0 percent from the free throw line (16-of-25). GU held a 39-28 edge in rebounds and handed out 17 assists.
Georgetown is off for a week before returning to BIG EAST Conference action on Sunday, Feb. 18, visiting Creighton in Omaha, Neb. Tipoff at Century Link Center is slated for 3:30 p.m. ET. The game will be shown live on FS1 and can be heard locally on 106.7 FM The Fan.