Senior guard Markel Starks hit 8 out of 11 shots from the floor on Thursday night.
Dec. 5, 2013
by Bobby Bancroft
WASHINGTON - Markel Starks scored a game-high 18 points and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 17 points as Georgetown used an early second half spurt to eventually blow past High Point 80-45 on Thursday night at Verizon Center.
Joshua Smith chipped in with 11 points as Georgetown (5-2) won its fourth-straight game and extended its home non-conference winning streak to 46 games.
High Point (3-4), which has now lost back-to-back games, was led by Jorge Perez-Laham's 10 points off the bench.
Georgetown connected on its first five shots of the night, including three-pointers from Smith-Rivera, Starks, and Jabril Trawick, in taking an early 13-4 lead less than four minutes into the game.
The Hoyas then relied on their defense for the rest of the half in building a 28-16 advantage heading into the locker room. With an aggressive switching man-to-man defense, Georgetown limited High Point to just 18.5 percent shooting (5-of-27) over the opening 20 minutes.
Much like the Lipscomb game, a different Georgetown team seemed to appear from the opening second half whistle.
Starks scored five quick points on a layup and three-pointer, Smith-Rivera added an old fashioned three-point play, Nate Lubick added a jumper, and then Smith hit a close range layup to give the Hoyas a 10-0 run that extended their lead to 38-16 with 18:03 remaining and essentially put the game out of reach.
"We have that ability to start and finish games on a high note, it's not like we don't have the stamina for it," Starks said when asked about the difference between the first and second halves.
"We are a good team and I think that every game we have to get better and better, but once we snapped out of it and came out in the second half I thought we were pretty good."
With High Point reeling, Georgetown really began to pick apart the Panthers zone defense with back-to-back backdoor cut layups.
Starks found himself on both sides of the action as he first picked out Smith-Rivera's hard cut to the hoop and then on the next possession Lubick found Starks for a layup of his own as the Hoyas pushed the lead to 47-23 with 13:44 remaining. Lubick finished with a season-high five assists, six rebounds, and perhaps more importantly - zero turnovers .
From there Georgetown did more damage from downtown with Smith-Rivera and freshman Reggie Cameron hitting from long distance.
Georgetown matched a season best with 10 three-pointers, a mark they previously hit against Wright State. Smith-Rivera and Cameron each connected on three three-pointers on the night.
Georgetown's largest lead of the game came with 2:26 remaining when John Caprio's layup pushed the score to 79-39.
Moses Ayegba came off the bench to grab a season high eight rebounds in 18 minutes of action.
Georgetown shot a blistering 61.8 percent from the field in the second half (21-of-34) in putting up 52 points after halftime.
"In the second half I think we were good at both ends of the court to tell you the truth," said coach John Thompson III.
The Blue & Gray improved their all-time record to 13-0 against schools from the Big South.
Georgetown is back at home on Saturday against Colgate.
The Hoyas hold a 7-1 all-time record against the Raiders with the last meeting coming in the 2005-06 season. The tip-off is scheduled for noon and can be seen nationally on Fox Sports 1.
Georgetown Athletics to Hold "Saxa, Paper,...
Fans looking to attend the Georgetown University men's basketball game against Xavier on Tuesday,...
Six Players in Double Figures as Georgetown...
Freshman guard Tre Campbell hit a 3-pointer with 56 seconds left in overtime and Georgetown hit...
Georgetown Hits the Road for Key Game at...
The Georgetown University men's basketball team practiced on campus on Friday and departed for...
John Thompson III Participating in Coaches...
Georgetown University Head Men's Basketball Coach John Thompson III is one of 48 Division I men's...
Copeland's 17 Points Help Lead Georgetown Past ...
D'vauntes Smith-Rivera joined Copeland with game-high honors of 17 points as Georgetown (13-5, 5-...
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera Named BIG EAST...
Georgetown University junior men's basketball player D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./N...
Copeland's Game-Winner Lifts Georgetown Past...
Georgetown freshman forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Brewster Academy [N.H.] hit a 3-pointer...
Georgetown Hosts Butler on Saturday at Verizon ...
The Georgetown University men's basketball team returns home this weekend for a pair of BIG EAST ...
DOWNLOAD SCHEDULE: Add to calendar
Saturday, Jan 31 Sport Opponent Time Coverage Men's Basketball at Creighton 2:00 PM CBS Sports Network Wednesday, Feb 4 Sport Opponent Time Coverage Men's Basketball Providence 9:00 PM CBS Sports Network Saturday, Feb 7 Sport Opponent Time Coverage Men's Basketball at Villanova 2:00 PM FOX Tuesday, Feb 10 Sport Opponent Time Coverage Men's Basketball at Seton Hall 7:00 PM Fox Sports 1 Tuesday, Feb 17 Sport Opponent Time Coverage Men's Basketball St. John's 7:00 PM Fox Sports 1 Saturday, Feb 21 Sport Opponent Time Coverage Men's Basketball DePaul 8:00 PM CBS Sports Network Saturday, Feb 28 Sport Opponent Time Coverage Men's Basketball at St. John's 12:00 PM CBS Tuesday, Mar 3 Sport Opponent Time Coverage Men's Basketball at Butler 7:00 PM Fox Sports 1 Saturday, Mar 7 Sport Opponent Time Coverage Men's Basketball Seton Hall 12:00 PM Fox Sports 1
- Online Stores & Tickets