Feb. 16, 2014
WASHINGTON - Georgetown fell behind early in the game and managed to narrow the gap to single digits in the second half, but got no closer than seven points as St. John's used a late run to pull away en route to an 82-60 win over the Hoyas in front of 10,340 fans at Madison Square Garden Sunday night.
The loss ends a four-game win streak for the Hoyas, who fall to 15-10 overall and 6-7 in the BIG EAST while SJU improves to 17-9 overall and 7-6 in league play
Sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill),scored 15 points to lead the Hoyas, while senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) chipped in 13 points and junior forward Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) scored 13 points and had three rebounds before fouling out. Senior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) chipped in six points, six rebounds and four assists.
Georgetown trailed by as many as 18 points (46-28) in the first half and were down by 20 (52-32) early in the second half, but used a big run to narrow the gap to seven points (56-47) at one point. SJU's D'Angelo Harrison hit a three-pointer to push the lead back to 10 points, 59-49, but the Hoyas managed to narrow the gap to eight points on three occasions, the last on a three-pointer from Smith-Rivera (65-57) with 6:56 to play in the game.
The Hoyas, however, did not hit a field goal in the final 6:56 and St. John's used a 12-1 run to take a 77-57 lead on free throws from Harrison, who scored 24 points.
The Hoyas trailed by 18 points, 46-28, at the break and fell behind by 19 after a layup from JaKarr Sampson just 90 seconds into the second half, but the Blue & Gray used a 19-7 run over a span of 7:16 and narrowed the gap to 56-49 after a layup from senior guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksvonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]) with 10:49 to play in the game. The run included a 9-2 spurt over 2:10 with Trawick scoring five points.
St. John's came out on fire in the first half, connecting on nearly 70 percent of its first half shots en route to a 46-28 lead. The Red Storm scored the game's first 15 points and had a 15-0 lead after a layup from Rysheed Jordan. Free throws from Trawick put the Hoyas on the board, ending a scoreless spell of 6:13. GU missed its first six shots and had four turnovers over the first 7:05 before a three-pointer from Starks cut the lead to 17-5.
The lead was 22-7 when the Hoyas went on a 9-4 spurt and cut the gap to 10 points, 26-16, on a jumper from Smith-Rivera at the 9:08 mark. Another jumper from Smith-Rivera at 3:22 made it 36-26, but SJU out-scored Georgetown 10-2 over the remainder of the half and took a 46-28 lead at the break.
The meeting with St. John's will be the 101st all-time between the long-time BIG EAST rivals. The Hoyas trail the all-time series, 53-47, but have won the last six games between the teams, including a 77-60 decision last month in D.C. The Hoyas are 16-32 all-time in games played at St. John's. Under Head Coach John Thompson III, Georgetown has a 13-4 record against the Red Storm and a 21-11 record at Madison Square Garden.
Georgetown continues its swing through the New York Metropolitan area on Thursday, Feb. 20, visiting Seton Hall. Tip-off at the Prudential Center is slated for 9 p.m. The game will be shown live on CBS Sports Network with Tom McCarthy and Steve Lappas calling all of the action and can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.