Smith-Rivera Scores 27, Georgetown Hangs on to Beat UNCW, 87-82

Marcus Derrickson

Dec. 12, 2015

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WASHINGTON - Senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) scored 27 points and Georgetown opened up a 25-point lead in the second half before hanging on to beat UNC Wilmington, 87-82, at Verizon Center on Saturday afternoon.

It was the fifth-straight win, and the sixth in the last seven games, for the Hoyas who improve to 6-3 overall, while UNCW falls to 5-1.

Freshman forward Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) added 15 points and four rebounds for the Hoyas, while sophomore forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) finished with 10 points and six rebounds.

Georgetown jumped out to 10-point lead and led by 16 points, 51-35, after a layup from Copeland with 15:44 to play in the game. The GU lead was 14 points, 56-42, after a 3-pointer from Dylan Sherwood with 12:51 remaining, but the Hoyas went on a 17-6 run over 4:08 and took a 25-point lead, 73-48, on a 3-pointer from Smith-Rivera with 8:14 left.

The Seahawks did not go away. Georgetown scored only eight points over the next eight minutes and UNCW used a 25-11 run and cut the lead to three points, 81-78, after one of two free throws from Chris Flemmings.

UNCW jumped out to an early 6-0 lead with a three-point play from C.J. Bryce and a layup by Marcus Bryan giving the visitors the early advantage.

A 3-pointer from Derrickson put the Hoyas on the board at the 16:53 mark and the Hoyas took a 9-6 lead after a trey from Smith-Rivera at the 14:03 mark. Georgetown outscored the Seahawks 23-5 over a span of 7:25 and extended its lead to 23-11 when Smith-Rivera and Derrickson sandwiched 3-pointers around a jumper from senior center Bradley Hayes (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood).

The Seahawks narrowed the gap to seven points, 25-18, on a 3-pointer from Dylan Sherwood, but an 11-1 run over 2:07 extended the Hoya lead back to 17 points, 36-19, on a layup from freshman forward Kaleb Johnson (South Hill, Va./Carlisle School) with 4:07 to play. A late run from UNCW cut the lead to 38-28 at the break.

Georgetown is back in action on Tuesday, Dec. 15, hosting Monmouth University at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. and the game will be shown live on FOX Sports 1, with Scott Graham calling the play-by-play and Ron Thompson serving as the color analyst. The radio call of Rich Chvotkin can be heard locally on 106.7 FM The Fan WJFK.



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