WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's men's basketball team continued its winning ways on Saturday afternoon as the Hoyas handily defeated the visiting North Carolina A&T Aggies, 83-74, at Capital One Arena. With the win, the Hoyas improve to 8-0 on the season while the Aggies slip to 5-4.
Junior center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) recorded his sixth double-double of the season as he led the team with 22 points and 15 rebounds. He was 9-for-13 from the floor and shot 4-of-6 from the charity stripe. Govan led a trio of Hoyas in double figures while freshman guard Jamorko Pickett (Washington, D.C./Massanutten Military Academy [Va.]) chipped in 12 while junior forward Kaleb Johnson (South Hill, Va./The Carlisle School) added 10 as well as grabbing five rebounds and blocking three shots. Junior forward Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) chimed in with nine boards to go with eight points, two blocks and one steal. Senior Jonathan Mulmore (New Orleans, La./Redemption Christian [Texas]/Allegany) and graduate student Trey Dickerson (Queens, N.Y./God's Academy [Texas]/South Dakota) paced the offense with five and four assists, respectively.
For the game, GU shot 48.4 percent from the floor and hit 73.9 percent of its free throws. The Hoyas outrebounded the Aggies, 43-36. Georgetown was strong inside with 52 points in the paint as well 19 second-chance points.
The Blue & Gray opened the game on a 14-0 run, holding the Aggies scoreless for more than eight minutes of play as the NC A&T's first points were on free throws with 11:44 to play. The Aggies got their first bucket with 10:52 on the clock to cut the deficit to 10, trailing 14-4. Following a Mosely three-point attempt that was just off the mark, Govan grabbed the rebound and put back an emphatic dunk off the carom for the Hoyas. Both teams traded buckets until NC A&T strung together a couple stops along with a 3-pointer and a jumper to cut the lead to single digits, 23-15. Mosely sunk a pair of free throws and pulled away as Pickett pulled up for a jumper and drained a trey for the 30-15 Hoya lead. GU held on to a comfortable advantage as it led, 37-26, going into the break.
The Hoyas came out of the break with a pep in their step and after little more than two minutes, Govan secured his double-double following a jumper to extend the lead to 42-28. Despite attempts to cut the deficit, Georgetown continued to pour in the points and get enough stops to pull away by as many as 17. A pair of free throws from freshman Antwan Walker (Washington, D.C./Hargrave Military Academy [Va.]) gave the Hoyas a 62-45 advantage with 8:08 on the clock.
Georgetown held its guest off down the stretch, pushing its lead to 18 points, up 79-61, with three minutes left in the game. A late run by the Aggies cut the final deficit to single digits but it was too little, too late as the Hoyas closed out the the 83-74 win.
The Aggies shot 42.0 percent for the game as Amari Hamilton led the way with 21 points.
The Blue & Gray will return to the court on Saturday, Dec. 16, when it welcomes longtime rival Syracuse University to the District. Tipoff at Capital One Arena is set for 12:30 p.m. The game can be seen live on CBS with Spero Dedes calling the play-by-play and Clark Kellogg providing color analysis. The game can be heard locally on 106.7 WJFK-FM with Chvotkin handling the call.