Nov. 09, 2013
USAG Camp Humphreys, South Korea - Georgetown raced back from an early first half deficit to take a second half lead, but No. 19 Oregon used an 8-0 run to take a 52-44 lead they would not relinquish as the Hoyas fell short in their season opener, losing to the Ducks 82-75 at the Camp Humphreys Super Gym in the Armed Forces Classic Saturday morning.
"Things we can control, we have to control," Head Coach John Thompson III said afterward. "We had too many, untimely, unforced turnovers. We got our rhythm offensively, but we gave up a lot of three's in a row, it felt like four or five. The timing of that is what we have to learn. When we had to get a stop or a rebound, we didn't."
Junior center Joshua Smith (Kent, Wash./Kentwood/UCLA) scored a game-high 25 points to lead four players in double figures, while senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) added 16 points and four assists, junior forward Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) added 11 points and three rebounds and junior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) added 10 points and six rebounds off the bench.
The game, part of ESPN's Veteran's Day festivities, was played in front of a standing-room only crowd of 2,100, the majority of them soldiers from the United States Army stationed here at Camp Humphreys.
"This was an unbelievable experience," Thompson said. "It was a privilege to play in this environment and it was a privilege to play in front of the soldiers. One of the most rewarding times was serving lunch yesterday and getting the chance to interact with the young men and women stationed here at Camp Humphreys. It was an unbelievable experience and now we have to grow from it."
Georgetown trailed by three points at the break, 37-34, but used an 8-2 spurt over the first 2:29 of the second half to take a 42-39 lead on a baseline jumper from sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianaapolis, Ind./Oak Hill). Trawick scored a pair of baskets and Smith hit two free throws during the run.
Oregon tied the game and took a 44-42 lead before a Smith layup with 16:12 left on the clock knotted things at 44-all. It was the last tie of the game, as Joseph Young hit a three-pointer and Mike Moser followed with a layup and another three, giving the Ducks a 52-44 lead with 14:50 to play.
Georgetown would continue to battle and was able to cut the lead to at least three points four different times in the latter stages of the game, but could not get closer.
Trailing 56-49, a layup from senior guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]) and a three-point play from Smith pulling GU to within two points with 10:42 left in the game. Starks hit a three-pointer with 7:34 to play in the game - the first and only for the Hoyas in the game - cutting the lead to 62-59 and a layup from the senior guard with 6:55 to play narrowed the gap to 63-61.
A mini 6-1 run from the Ducks, capped by free throws from Joseph Young, pushed the lead up to 69-62 with 4:04 to play, but a pair of baskets from Smith, including a three-point play, cut the lead to 69-67 with 3:22 on the clock. After one of two free throws from Smith-Rivera made it 71-68,a dunk from Amardi pushed the lead to five points, 73-68, with 2:36 left.
Neither team scored for the next minute-plus and a free throw from Trawick made it 73-69, but the Ducks hit 9-of-10 free throws in the final 1:15 to seal the win.
The Hoyas shot 45.8 percent from the floor (27-of-59), but were only 1-of-15 from three-point land (6.7%) and hit 66.7 percent of their free throws (20-of-30). GU was out-reobunded, 40-32, and the team has 12 assists, 11 turnovers, six blocks and seven steals.
Georgetown plays its home opener on Wednesday, Nov. 13, hosting Wright State. Tipoff at Verizon Center is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on Fox Sports 1, with Dave Ryan and Pete Gillen calling all of the action.