RICHMOND, Va. - The Georgetown University men's basketball team won its first road game of the season with an 82-76 victory over Richmond University on Saturday night. The Hoyas remain undefeated at 4-0 on the season while the Spiders fall to 1-5 on the year.
Georgetown finished with balanced scoring as all five starters scored in double figures. Junior Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) led the team with 16 points on 4-for-10 shooting and a perfect 7-of-7 from the charity stripe as well as a squad-best nine rebounds, while senior Jonathan Mulmore (New Orleans, La./Redemption Christian [Texas]/Allegany) added a career-high 15 points and tied a career high with eight assists. Junior Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) chipped in 14 points, while freshman Jamorko Pickett (Washington, D.C./Massanutten Military Academy [Va.]) added 12 and junior Kaleb Johnson (South Hill, Va./The Carlisle School) provided 11 to round out those in double figures.
"Jonathan played a great game for us," Head Coach Patrick Ewing said of Mulmore after the game. "Getting into gaps, getting to the basket, getting fouls. He was the difference for us."
For the game, the Hoyas shot 53.2 percent from the floor and an impressive 55.6 percent from 3-point land on 5-for-11 shooting. The Hoyas outrebounded the Spiders, 35-27, for the game. Georgetown held the Spiders to 46.0 percent shooting from the field and its perimeter defense held Richmond to 25.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
"I think a game like this is only going to help us get ready for what's to come," Ewing added.
The Hoyas led early, 14-8, behind two buckets from Govan as well as a layup and 3-pointer from Mulmore. However, the Spiders came roaring back to tie the game and eventually take the 28-21 lead. A trey from freshman Jahvon Blair (Brampton, Ont./Athlete Institute Prep) and good inside play from Derrickson pulled the Hoyas within two.
The momentum switched as sophomore Jagan Mosely (Marlboro, N.J./St. Anthony) sunk a 3-pointer and Pickett hit a jumper and drew the foul. He completed the three-point play to knot the game at 36 apiece. A jumper from Johnson followed by a pair of free throws from Mosely sent the Hoyas into the break with the 40-39 edge.
Georgetown shot 52 percent from the field in the first half. Derrickson and Govan, GU's two leading scorers, were limited to just six points in the frame, but the Hoya bench provided some much-needed point production, recording 12 points to Richmond's seven.
The game went back and forth through the second half with Richmond eventually tying the score at 57 at 9:44. A Derrickson trey gave the Blue & Gray a 60-59 edge, a lead they would never relinquish. With 1:57 remaining, the Spiders pulled within two, 76-74, but it's as close as Richmond would get as GU pulled away for the 84-76 win.
"I think it was big for us to have a close game with a team," Govan said. "We had to really come together as a team and try to walk out of here with a win. It was definitely a fight."
Richmond only had two players score in double figures. De'Monte Buckingham led the Spiders with 28 points and six rebounds and Grant Golden added 24 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Georgetown returns to action on Tuesday, November 28 as the Hoyas host the University of Maine for an 8:30 p.m. tipoff. The game will be shown live on FS1 and can be heard locally on WNEW 99.1 FM with Rich Chvotkin calling the action.