Feb. 17, 2015
WASHINGTON - Georgetown opened up a 10-point lead at halftime and then opened the second half by hitting its first seven 3-pointers as five players scored in double figures and the Hoyas beat St. John's, 76-57, in a BIG EAST Conference men's basketball game at Verizon Center Tuesday night.
The Hoyas improved to 17-8 overall and 9-5 in the BIG EAST with the win, the seventh in their last 10 games, while St. John's falls to 17-9 overall and 6-7 in the league.
Junior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season and fourth of his career.
Freshman forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Bridgeton Academy [N.H.]) had 12 points and a career-high nine rebounds, while senior center Joshua Smith (Kent, Wash./Kentwood/UCLA) had 12 points and three rebounds and senior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) added 12 points, eight rebounds and three steals off the bench. Senior guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) chipped in 11 points, three rebounds and two assists.
It was the second time this season the Hoyas had six players in double figures, including a 95-84 overtime win at Marquette last month.
Leading by 10 points, 33-23, at the break, Georgetown opened the second half with a 3-pointer from Trawick and a dunk from Smith to push the lead to 38-23. St. John's pulled to within 13 points, 41-28, on a 3-pointer from Phil Greene IV, but the Hoyas responded with an 8-2 run, with treys from Trawick and Copeland giving GU a 49-30 lead.
Back-to-back shots from long distance from Trawick and Smith-Rivera gave the Blue & Gray a 59-40 lead and after the Red Storm pulled to within 13 points, 68-55, on a Greene layup, a dunk from Smith, free throws from Smith-Rivera and a layup from freshman forward L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) pushed the lead back to 19 points, 74-55.
The Hoyas shot 68.2 from the floor in the second half (15-of-22), including a blistering 70.0 percent (7-of-10) from beyond the arc.
Georgetown took a 33-23 lead in the first half, using a late run over the final seven minutes of the opening stanza. The Hoyas shot only 36.1 percent from the floor (13-of-36) and the Red Storm were only 29.6 percent (8-of-27) and had 12 turnovers.
The Hoyas took an early 11-7 lead after a layup from senior guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]) but SJU used a 12-4 run and took a 19-15 lead on a layup from Joey DeLaRosa. GU tied the game on a jumper from Copeland and free throws from freshman forward Paul White (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) and Hopkins, but then proceeded to outscore SJU, 14-4, and took a 33-23 lead after a basket from Smith with 35 seconds left. Hopkins scored five of the team's points during the run.
Georgetown finished the game shooting 48.3 percent from the floor (28-of-58), including 36.8 percent from beyond the arc (7-of-19) and was 59.3 percent from the free throw line (16-of-27). The Hoyas held a 43-33 advantage on the boards, handed out 15 assists and committed only nine turnovers.
Georgetown closes out a two-game homestand on Saturday, Feb. 21, hosting BIG EAST Conference rival DePaul. Tipoff at Verizon Center is slated for 8 p.m. The game will be shown live on CBS Sports Network, with Brent Stover calling the play-by-play, Alaa Abdelnaby serving as the color analyst and Evan Washburn on the sidelines. Fans locally can tune in to ESPN 980 AM for the call of Rich Chvotkin.