Hoyas Battle Back in Strong Second Half, but Fall to Providence, 75-72

Marcus Derrickson

Feb. 13, 2016

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Providence, R.I. - Georgetown fell behind by 26 points in the first half and rallied to pull within one point in the final minute of the second half, but fell short, 75-72, at the Dunkin' Donuts Center Saturday afternoon.

Georgetown falls to 14-12 overall and 7-6 in the BIG EAST Conference, while Providence improves to 19-7 and 7-6 in league play.

Freshman forward Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) scored 18 points, had nine rebounds and five assists to lead the Hoyas, while sophomore guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) finished with 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Freshman center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy), making his first career start, scored 13 points before fouling out, sophomore forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Brewster Academy [N.C.]) chipped in 12 points and sophomore forward Trey Mourning (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades) added 10 points and five rebounds.

The Hoyas trailed by as many as 26 points in the first half and were down 20 at the break but began to chip away.

A three from Derrickson to open the half and a Peak dunk cut it to 49-34. Providence pushed the lead back to 17 points, 53-36, but a 9-1 run capped by a Peak 3-pointer made it 54-45 with 11:48 to play. The lead was back to 12 points, 65-53, on free throws from Kris Dunn, but Govan, Peak and Copeland each scored baskets to trigger an 11-3 run that pulled GU within four points. Derrickson was fouled taking a three-pointer and hit all three to pull Georgetown within four, 68-64, with 3:14 left.

After free throws from Ben Bentil made it 70-64, senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) - who had been held scoreless only twice before in his career - hit a three from the corner, making it 70-67.

A three-pointer from Mourning narrowed the gap to 71-70 with just over a minute left. Providence's Rodney Bullock hit a pair of free throws with 22 seconds left to push the lead back to three, 73-70. Copeland was fouled taking a three with 10.4 seconds left and went to the line with a chance to tie the game. He missed the first shot, but hit the next two to make it 73-72. Bentil hit two free throws with 8.2 seconds left and a three from Smith-Rivera at the buzzer was off the mark.

The first half was all Providence as the Friars connected on 51.6 percent of their field goals and Rodney Bullock scored 18 points as the Hoyas fell behind 49-29. A layup from Mourning cut the Providence lead to 13-9 at 14:01, but the Hoyas went nearly seven minute without a field goal as the Friars took a 26-9 lead on a dunk from Bullock. The lead grew to 26 points, 42-16, on free throws from Bentil with 2:17 to play. Georgetown, however, outscored PC 13-7 over the final 2:04 of the half and narrowed the gap to 20 points, 49-29, on a three from Derrickson with 20 seconds left.

The Hoyas played without senior center Bradley Hayes (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood), who is out indefinitely after breaking his left hand in practice on Thursday. Hayes is fourth on the team in scoring with 8.5 points per game and leads the team in rebounding (6.8 rpg) and field goal percentage, connecting on 53.9 percent of his shots (89-of-165).

Georgetown is off for a few days before returning to action on Wednesday, Feb. 17, hosting Seton Hall in a BIG EAST Conference matchup at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for 9:15 p.m.

 

 

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