Dec. 30, 2015
WASHINGTON - Georgetown used an early run in the second half to break open a close game and three players scored in double figures as the Hoyas beat DePaul, 70-58, at Allstate Arena on Wednesday night.
It was the second-straight win for the Blue & Gray, who improved to 8-5 overall and 1-0 in the BIG EAST, while DePaul falls to 6-7 overall and 0-1 in the league.
Senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) scored 15 points, had four rebounds, three assists and three steals to lead the Hoyas, while sophomore guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) added 14 points and had four rebounds.
Sophomore forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) scored 15 points, grabbed five rebounds and had three assists, while senior center Bradley Hayes (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) added six points and four rebounds.
The Hoyas led by five points at the half (32-27) and took their biggest lead, 47-32, on a 3-pointer from Peak with 13:05 to play, but DePaul chipped away and pulled to within 55-47 on a free throw from Eli Cain with 6:14 left in the game. After calling a timeout, Peak found Copeland for a 3-pointer, pushing the Georgetown lead back to double digits, 58-47, with 5:26 to play in the game.
After using a 7-2 run over the final two minutes of the first half, Georgetown opened the second half with an 8-0 spurt - 3-pointers from freshman forward Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) and Copeland sandwiched around free throws from Hayes -- and took a 40-27 lead, forcing the Blue Demons to call a timeout.
DePaul closed to within 40-32, but a layup from Copeland, a dunk from freshman center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) and a 3-pointer from Peak capped a 7-0 run over 1:56 as GU took its biggest lead, 47-32, with 13:05 to play in the game.
The Hoyas took a 32-27 lead at the break, using a mini 7-2 run over the final 1:39 of the opening 20 minutes. Both teams struggled from the outset and the game went back and forth, with five ties and four lead changes in the opening nine minutes of action.
DePaul led 12-10 after a dunk from Erden Gazi, but the Blue & Gray countered with a 7-0 run and took a 17-12 lead on a three from Peak with 8:11 to play in the half. Tied at 18-all, Smith-Rivera hit a jumper and followed with a trey to push the lead back to 25-20, but the Blue Demons tied the game on a dunk from Tommy Hamilton IV.
A trey from junior forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic) triggered another 7-0 run from the Blue & Gray, as Hayes and Smith-Rivera hit baskets before GU went in ahead 32-27.
Georgetown is back in action on Saturday, Jan. 2, hosting Marquette in its BIG EAST Conference home opener. The game tips off at Verizon Center at 5:30 p.m. It will be shown live on FOX Sports 1, with Gus Johnson calling the play-by-play and Tarik Turner serving as the color analyst. Fans locally can tune in to the radio call of Rich Chvotkin on 99.1 FM WNEW.