Smith-Rivera Scores 20, Georgetown Falls to Seton Hall, 82-67

Markel Starks

Feb. 20, 2014

Box Score

Seton Hall 82, Georgetown 67 Get Acrobat Reader

WASHINGTON - Georgetown rallied from a halftime deficit to pull within three points early in the second half, but it wasn't enough as Seton Hall's Fuquan Edwin scored 21 points and the Pirates hit 57 percent of their field goals en route to a 82-67 win over the Hoyas at Prudential Center Thursday night.

It was the second-straight loss for the Hoyas, who fall to 15-11 overall and 6-8 in the BIG EAST Conference, while Seton Hall improves to 14-12 overall and 5-8 in league play.

Sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) scored a team-high 20 points and had three assists, while and junior forward Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) finished with 11 points and five rebounds. Senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) added 11 points, two rebounds and two assists and senior guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]) added seven points and five rebounds off the bench.

Georgetown trailed by nine points at the break and after free throws and a layup from Trawick, a layup from Starks cut the margin to three points, 37-34. Seton Hall, however, responded with a 12-2 run and took a 49-36 lead on a basket from Fuquan Edwin with 14:31 to play in the game. A three-pointer from Jared Sina pushed the lead to 54-38, but back-to-back three-pointers from Smith-Rivera and freshman forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic) pulled GU to within 54-44 with 12:14 left in the game.

Seton Hall responded with a 9-2 run and extended their lead to 17 points, 63-46, on a layup from Aaron Geramipoor with 8:40 left in the game. The Hoyas pulled within 11 points on two occasions, first on a layup and free throw from Smith-Rivera (63-52, 7:00) and then on a jumper from Bowen (65-54, 6:38), but would get no closer.

Georgetown fell behind at the half by nine points, 37-28, after Seton Hall connected on 53.6 percent of its field goals and used an 8-4 run over the final 4:03 after the Hoyas had closed to within five points, 29-24, on a jumper from Smith-Rivera.

The Hoyas were slow starting, falling behind by four points in the opening four minutes but a pair of three-pointers from `Smith-Rivera pulled GU to within one. Trailing 15-13 after a jumper from Smith-Rivera at 12:37, the Pirates used 10-2 run and took a 25-15 lead on a Sterling Gibbs layup.

The Blue & Gray used a 9-4 run to pull to within five points, 29-24, on a Smith-Rivera jumper with 5:30 to play, but GU was out-scored 8-4 over the final 4:03 and took a 37-28 lead at the break.

The Hoyas have a short turnaround, returning home to play on Saturday, Feb. 22 against BIG EAST Conference rival Xavier. Tip-off at Verizon Center is slated for 11:30 a.m. The game will be shown live on Fox Sports 1 with Justin Kutcher and Stu Jackson calling all of the action and it can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.



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