WASHINGTON - Junior forward Marcus Derrickson's (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) 17 points led a trio in double figures as the Georgetown University men's basketball team used a big second half to cruise past North Texas, 75-63. With the win, the Hoyas improve to 9-1 on the season, while North Texas' three-game winning streak was halted as the Mean Green slips to 7-6.
"We started off sluggish, but we picked it up on the defensive end at the end of the first and starting the second half, and that's the reason why we won," said Georgetown Head Coach Patrick Ewing. "We have to continue to get better."
Derrickson led the Hoyas with 17 points on 6-for-8 shooting and a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. He added seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 31 minutes on the floor. Junior center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) chipped in 12 points to go along with 14 boards for his seventh double-double of the season. He tallied a career-high five blocks as well as three assists and two steals in 36 minutes of action. Senior guard Jonathan Mulmore (New Orleans, La./Redemption Christian [Texas]/Allegany) chipped in 12 points as well for his fourth double-digit output of the season and paced the offense with six assists and added four rebounds, one block and one steal. Junior forward Kaleb Johnson (South Hill, Va./The Carlisle School) chipped in nine points and eight boards to go along with two assists, two blocks and one steal.
For the game, the Hoyas shot 42.6 percent from the floor on 13-for-34 shooting. The Hoyas had a strong inside presence with 34 points in the paint and a season-high 12 blocks on the defensive end. It was a balanced effort as the Hoya bench outscored the Mean Green, 20-13. Georgetown outrebounded North Texas, 46-38.
Georgetown opened the game with a Derrickson bucket, but the Mean Green answered right back with a 3-pointer to take the early lead. Both teams would trade the lead but North Texas tied the game on a jump shot, 10-10, and took the lead at 15:19 on a layup. The Mean Green would not give up the lead for 12 minutes of play until a Mulmore layup finally gave the Hoyas the 29-28 edge. The Blue & Gray fell behind again, but freshman guard Jahvon Blair (Brampton, Ont./Athlete Institute Prep) scored the next four points, behind a layup and a pair of free throws, to tie the game at 33 apiece with 12 seconds left in the frame. Johnson managed the steal and drew the foul, hitting the front end to give GU the 34-33 lead going in to the break.
North Texas opened the second half with a pair of buckets retake the lead, 37-34, but Govan floated in a bucket to cut the deficit to two. As the Hoyas pulled back into the game, it was a Derrickson trey that gave Georgetown the 41-40 lead. The Hoyas continued to make stops and went on a 14-6 run over the next 5:24 to take a comfortable 55-47 lead with 10:34 to play. The Blue & Gray continued to pull away, leading by as many as 12 down the stretch. At the final whistle, Georgetown handily took the win, 75-63.
The Mean Green shot 37.9 percent for the game and was led by Ryan Woolridge with 20 points.
Georgetown returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 23, when it hosts Alabama A&M with a noon tipoff at Capital One Arena. The game will be shown live on FS1 with Rich Waltz calling the play-by-play and Len Elmore providing color analysis. The game can be heard locally on WJFK 106.7 FM with Rich Chvotkin handling the call.