Georgetown's Early Lead Slips Away as Northeastern Tops Hoyas, 63-56
Nov. 21, 2013
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Georgetown saw an 11-point halftime lead disappear and fought back to take a three-point late in the game, but Northeastern outscored the Hoyas 12-2 over the final 4:03 of the game and held on for a 63-56 win in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente Thursday afternoon.
Georgetown falls to 1-2 this season, while Northeastern improves to 2-2 overall.
Sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) was the lone player in double figures for Georgetown, scoring 14 points, with four rebounds. Junior center Joshua Smith (Kent, Wash./Kentwood/UCLA) added nine points and six rebounds, while senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) scored nine points and senior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) chipped in six points, six rebounds and two assists.
"This group quickly, quickly needs to figure out how to compete," Head Coach John Thompson III said. "We can sit and talk offensive systems, defensive systems, rotations, slides, everything - we have to compete. I thought we did a poor job of rolling up your sleeves and competing."
The Hoyas had led the entire first half and were up 11 at the break, 36-25, and pushed the lead to 13 points, 38-25, on a Smith-Rivera jumper at the 18:24 mark, but went cold from that point and Northeastern took advantage. The Huskies used a 15-2 run to tie the game at 40-all on free throws from Derrico Peck with 11:53 to play in the game.
A dunk from Junior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) gave GU a 44-40 lead and was the Hoyas first field goal in 7:51, but it was short-lived as Northeastern tied it on a layup from Reggie Spencer.
It was neck-and-neck from that point, as the lead changed hands seven times and there were five ties. Trailing 50-48 after free throws from Zach Stahl with 5:46 left, the Hoyas used a 6-1 spurt and took a 54-51 lead. Smith-Rivera tied the game at 50-all with a layup, freshman forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic) tipped in a basket and a drive from Smith-Rivera gave GU a three-point lead with 4:03 to play.
Northeastern tied the game at 54-all on one of two free throws from Scott Eatherton, who had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and after Starks free throws tied the game at 56-all with 2:02 left, the Huskies scored the final seven points of the game, taking the lead for good on free throws from David Walker with 1:34 left in the game.
The Hoyas scored the first nine points of the game, taking a 9-0 lead after Smith connected on a conventional three-point play and then hit one of two free throws nearly three minutes into the contest. Northeastern got on the board with a basket from Zach Stachl but the Hoyas responded a 6-3 spurt and pushed the lead to 10 points, 15-5, on a layup from Smith.
A 13-8 Northeastern run cut the GU lead to 23-18 on a layup from Reggie Spencer with 6:26 to play in the half, but a 9-3 run capped by a dunk from Lubick at the 3:42 mark pushed the lead to 11 points, 32-21. A breakaway steal and dunk from Bowen, who had four points, four rebounds and four assists in the opening 20 minutes, gave the Hoyas a 36-23 lead before heading into the break up 36-25.
The Hoyas shot 36.0 percent from the floor (18-of-50), including 6-of-26 (23.1%) in the second half. GU hit only 3-of-16 three-point field goals (18.8%) and missed all eight attempts in the second half. Hopkins scored five points and had six rebounds while junior forward Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) scored four points.
Georgetown plays on Friday, Nov. 22 against Kansas State, with tipoff on ESPNU slated for noon (ET). The game can be heard locally on Sports Talk AM 570.