Feb. 21, 2015
WASHINGTON- Georgetown led by eight points late in the game before DePaul rallied to pull within two points, but the Hoyas hit three key free throws in the final 25 seconds and held on for a 68-63 win over the Blue Demons in front of 7,984 fans on a snowy Saturday night in the nation's capital.
It was the third-straight win for the Hoyas, who improved to 18-8 overall and 10-5 in the BIG EAST, while DePaul falls to 12-16 overall and 6-9 in league play.
Junior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) led Georgetown with 19 points and seven rebounds, while senior center Joshua Smith (Kent, Wash./Kentwood/UCLA) recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Bridgeton Academy [N.H.]) added 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists and senior guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) finished with 10 points, six rebounds and three assists.
The Blue & Gray led 64-56 with 1:52 to play after a layup from Trawick but DePaul managed to narrow the gap to two points, 64-62, after free throws from Billy Garrett with 27 seconds left. Freshman guard Tre Campbell (Washington, D.C./St. John's College HS) pushed the lead back to four points, 66-62, with a pair of free throws. After DePaul cut the lead back to three points on a free throw from Jamee Crockett, Trawick hit one of two free throws with 13 second left, pushing the lead back to four points, 67-63.
The Hoyas forced a missed shot by Garrett with five seconds left and Smith-Rivera's free throw with less than a second left sealed the win.
DePaul had used a 10-5 run midway through the second half to pull within two points, 54-52, after a 3-pointer from Forrest Robinson with 6:27 on the clock. Another 3-pointer from Robinson, his third-straight, narrowed the gap to one point, 56-55, with 5:42 left to play, but an 8-1 run over 3:50, capped by a jumper from Copeland and Trawick's layup made it 64-56 and set up the final two minutes.
The Hoyas led by three points at the half and used a 7-3 spurt over the opening 3:20 of the second half to push the lead to double digits for the first time, 40-30, on a jumper from Smith-Rivera. A layup and ensuing free throw from Smith at the 15:29 mark gave the Hoyas a 43-32 lead.
The Blue Demons, however, responded with seven unanswered points and cut the lead to 43-39 on a layup from Aaron Simpson with 14:05 on the clock. The Hoyas twice took an eight-point lead, first on a Copeland layup (47-39, 12:50) and then on a dunk from senior guard Aaron Brown (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]) (49-41, 11:42).
The Hoyas led by as many as nine points in the first half before settling for a 30-27 lead after an 8-2 run by DePaul cut the lead to three points. The teams traded the lead back and forth during the early portion of the first half, with six lead changes and five ties. The Blue Demons took their biggest lead, 14-9, on a 3-pointer from Crockett before Georgetown went on a 7-0 run and took a 16-14 lead on a trey from Copeland.
Trailing 19-16 after another three from Crockett, Georgetown used a 12-0 run over 3:42 and took a 28-19 lead on a jumper from Smith-Rivera with 4:00 to play in the half. Back-to-back treys from Smith-Rivera and Trawick tied the game and gave GU a 22-19 lead before a tip-in from Smith and a Trawick dunk extended the lead.
The Hoyas finished the game shooting 44.6 percent from the floor (25-of-56), 30.8 percent from beyond the arc (4-of-13) and 70.0 percent from the free throw line (14-of-20). GU held a 43-30 advantage on the boards and handed out 12 assists while committing 13 turnovers.
Georgetown is off for a week before returning to BIG EAST Conference play next Saturday, Feb. 28, visiting New York City and World's Most Famous Arena to play longtime rival St. John's. Tipoff is slated for noon. The game will be shown live on CBS and can be heard locally on Sports Talk AM 570.