WASHINGTON -- Georgetown put three players in double figures, but could not stop No. 20/22 Creighton en route to an 87-70 loss at Century Link Center Sunday afternoon.
Georgetown falls to 14-13 overall with the loss and 5-9 in the BIG EAST Conference, while Creighton improves to 22-5 overall and 9-5 in league play.
Junior guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) scored 23 points, had six rebounds and three assists to lead the Hoyas, while graduate student guard Rodney Pryor (Evanston, Ill./Notre Dame Prep/Robert Morris) added 16 points and sophomore center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) finished with 12 points and five rebounds. Junior forward Akoy Agau (Omaha, Neb./Omaha Central/Louisville), playing in front of more than 40 family and friends in his hometown, had eight points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
The Hoyas trailed by eight points (41-33) and scored five-straight points to start the second half, first on a drive from Peak followed by a 3-pointer from the junior guard, cutting the lead to 41-38. The Bluejays responded with a 12-2 run and took a 53-40 lead on a 3-pointer from Khyri Thomas with 16:04 to play.
Trailing 60-44 after a layup from Isaiah Zierden, the Hoyas used a 9-2 run and pulled to within nine points, 62-53, on a 3-pointer from Pryor with just over nine minutes to play. Creighton, however, outscored GU 10-2 and extended its margin to 17 points, 72-55, after a Zierden 3-pointer and a free throw from Thomas. The Hoyas would get no closer than 13 points the rest of the way.
Georgetown had gone into the half trailing by eight points, 41-33, as the Bluejays scored four points in the final minute to extend the lead, including a layup from Marcus Foster with 32 seconds and one of two free throws from Cole Huff with 1.9 seconds left.
The Hoyas trailed from the start and were down as many as nine points (21-12) early, but used a 10-3 run and got as close as two points, 24-24, on a jumper from Pryor with 7:52 to play. The Creighton lead was 28-25 after a Govan free throw with 5:47 to play but a 3-pointer from Foster pushed the margin to nine points, 37-28. Free throws from Peak and a jumper from sophomore forward Kaleb Johnson (South Hill, Va./Carlisle) cut the lead to 37-33 before the Bluejays extended it to eight points at the break
GU finished the game shooting 38.5 percent from the floor (25-of-65), 13.6 percent from 3-point land (3-of-22) and 65.4 percent from the free throw line (17-of-26). The Hoyas outrebounded Creighton, 41-39, and had 11 assists and 15 turnovers.
Georgetown returns home to play DePaul on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on CBS Sports Network, with Andrew Catalon calling the play-by-play, Steve Lappas serving as the color analyst and Evan Washburn on sidelines. The game can be heard locally on 106.7 FM The Fan.