WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's men's basketball team improved to 6-0 on the season after a 76-60 win against the Coppin State University Eagles (0-8) on Sunday night at Capital One Arena. Junior Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) led the Hoyas with a season-high 26 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season.
Govan led the squad with 26 points, one point off his career high, and 16 boards. Govan went 7-for-12 from the floor and added 11 points on free throws. Junior Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) and freshman Jamorko Pickett (Washington, D.C./Massanutten Military Academy [Va.]) each chipped in 13 points to round out those in double figures. Junior Kaleb Johnson (South Hill, Va./The Carlisle School) and senior Jonathan Mulmore (New Orleans, La./Redemption Christian [Texas]/Allegany) each provided five assists to lead the squad while Mulmore added a pair of steals.
"I'm just trying to go hard," Govan said of his rebounding this season. "Coach Ewing has been harping on me since day one to go hard and play every possession like it's the last and everything else will take care of itself."
For the game, Georgetown shot 50.0 percent from the floor. With its versatile play around the court, the Hoyas managed 30 points from the paint and six shots from beyond the perimeter. The Hoyas notched 12 fast break points to Coppin's zero and got 11 second-chance points to CSU's five. CSU was limited to 30.0 percent shooting from the floor and the Hoyas held Coppin to a mere 27.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Georgetown jumped out to a quick 9-3 lead to open the game behind a trio of free throws sandwiched between a 3-pointer apiece from Pickett and Govan. The Hoyas led by as many as nine, 18-9, but the Eagles continued to claw their way back into the game. Coppin closed to within two points, trailing 25-23, after back-to-back treys from Taqwain Drummond and Lamar Morgan. Another pair of treys, one apiece from Pickett and Johnson, bolstered the Hoyas to a 12-4 run to close the half, leading 37-27 at the break.
CSU would be the first to put points on the board coming out of the break to cut the deficit to eight, but a Derrickson 3-pointer moved the Hoyas back to a double-digit advantage. Extending the lead to as many as 14 points, its largest lead at that point, the Blue & Gray went cold just as the Eagles got hot. Coppin went on a 10-1 run to trail by just five points with 9:04 left to play, 51-46. A Derrickson trey and a Dickerson three-point play gave the Hoyas some breathing room with the 57-46 edge.
With the momentum shifted, Coppin State couldn't keep up with the Hoyas as jumpers from Mosely and Govan as well as a pair of free throws put the Blue & Gray up by 15, 63-48. As the minutes waned down, GU made more trips to the charity stripe and closed the game on five free throws -- three from Mulmore and a pair from Govan -- for the 76-60 score at the final whistle.
Coppin State's Karonn Davis led the Eagles with 20 points.
The Hoyas return to action on Thursday, December 7 when they host Howard University. Tipoff at Capital One Arena is slated for 8:30 p.m. The game can be seen live on FS1 with Brian Custer calling the play-by-play and Tarik Turner providing color analysis. The game can be heard locally on 106.7 WFJK-FM with Rich Chvotkin handling the call.