Smith-Rivera Leads Four in Double Figures, Georgetown Beats K-State, 90-63
Nov. 22, 2013
San Juan, Puerto Rico - After a tough opening round loss in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Thursday, the Georgetown University men's basketball team bounced with an impressive shooting performance en route to a 90-63 win over Kansas State in the second round on Friday afternoon at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente.
Georgetown improves to 2-2 overall with the win, while Kansas State falls to 2-3. The Hoyas will play the winner of a game between Long Beach State and Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2.
Sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) scored a game-high 25 points to lead four players in double figures. Junior forward Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) scored 16 points to go with three rebounds and three steals, while junior center Joshua Smith (Kent, Wash./Kentwood/UCLA) added 13 points and senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) added 11 points and a career-high eight assists.
The 90 points scored by Georgetown were a season-high and the 11th time a Georgetown team scored by John Thompson III has scored at least 90. The Hoyas also connected on 63.5 percent of their field goals (33-of-52), the seventh-best single game performance under JTIII.
Georgetown had jumped out to a 17-point lead at the break and maintained that in the opening minutes of the second half as a layup from Smith made it 47-30. Kansas State pulled to within 14 points, 51-37, on a jumper from Wesley Iwundu with 16:06 left, but Georgetown responded with 12-3 run over 4:18 and to take a 23-point lead on the second of two-straight baskets from Trawick with 11:46 to play in the game.
A three-pointer from Smith-Rivera at the 9:16 mark made it 70-46 and the Hoyas took their biggest lead, 26 points, after a pair of baskets from Smith, first at 8:37 to make it 72-46 and then at 8:09, making it 74-48.
The Hoyas took their biggest lead of the game, 29 points, on a layup from senior guard John Caprio (North Caldwell, N.J./Seton Hall Prep), making it 90-61 with 49 seconds left in the game.
The Hoyas took a 17-point lead at the break, 45-28, after connecting on 63.0 percent of their field goals (17-of-27) and having eight different players score, with six players scoring at least five points.
Like they did in Thursday's game against Northeastern, the Hoyas jumped out to a quick start, scoring the first 10 points of the game and taking a 10-0 lead on a Starks layup just over three minutes into the contest. K-State pulled to within four points as an 8-2 spurt capped by free throws form Gipson narrowed the gap to 12-8.
The score was 16-12 when the Hoyas went on an 11-0 run over a span of 4:54 and took a 27-12 on a layup from Hopkins at the 6:46 mark. A three-pointer from Smith-Rivera at 6:05 made it 30-14 and a jumper from Lubick at 4:53 maintained the 16-point lead, 32-16. A three-pointer from freshman forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic) gave GU its biggest lead of the half, 41-22, with 22 seconds left.
Ten different players scored for Georgetown, as the Hoyas shot 63.5 percent from the floor (33-of-52), hit 46.2 percent of their three-pointers (6-of-13) and 81.8 percent of their free throws (18-of-22). K-State held a 32-28 advantage on the boards, while GU handed out 19 assists, with only seven turnovers, five blocks and seven steals.
Junior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) scored eight points and had six rebounds, while junior Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) added four points and four rebounds and senior center Moses Ayegba (Kano, Nigeria/Progressive Christian [Md.]) added four points, two boards and two blocks in 18 minutes..