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Georgetown hangs on to beat Charlotte 62-59


Georgetown hangs on to beat Charlotte 62-59


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- L.J. Peak helped save Christmas for the Georgetown Hoyas.

He knocked down a 3-pointer with 2:16 left to give Georgetown the lead for good, and the Hoyas held on to beat Charlotte 62-59 Tuesday night to snap a two-game losing streak.

Isaac Copeland had 12 points and eight rebounds to lead the Hoyas, while D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 11 points. Peak, Marcus Derrickson and Reggie Cameron finished with 10.

"You guys ever heard the phrase `cancel Christmas?' Well if this hadn't turned out like it did, Christmas was going to be cancelled in the Thompson household," Georgetown coach John Thompson III joked after the game.

The Hoyas (7-5) were coming off home losses to Monmouth and UNC-Asheville and, for a while, looked like they were about to surrender another lead.

They led by 14 in the first half, but that dwindled away after Charlotte's Braxton Ogbueze started to get hot, hitting four 3-pointers in the first half to close the Hoyas lead to 3 at the break.

Ogbueze finished with a game-high 18 points on 5-of-8 shooting from behind the 3-point arc.

The teams traded the lead throughout the second half before Peak's 3-pointer from the left wing.

The 49ers missed on the other end and Smith-Rivera drove the left side of the lane and scored for an old-fashioned 3-point play to push Georgetown's lead to 59-54 with 1:25 left in the game and the Hoyas held on from there.

Thompson said there is plenty of work to be done before the Hoyas open Big East Conference play on Dec. 30.

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"Our defense is not close to where it needs to be for us to have success against the toughest basketball conference in the country," Thompson said.

Poor shooting plagued the 49ers throughout the game.

The Hoyas, who were bigger and longer, held the 49ers to 21-of-56 shooting from the field. Charlotte didn't do much to help themselves, converting only 10 of 20 free throws.

Charlotte (2-9) has lost seven of its last eight games under first-year coach Mark Price.

Price said he liked his team's intensity level and defense, but added "we have to shoot better than 35 percent from the field."

"But the progress is being made, you can see it," Price said. "Two weeks ago, that might have been a 20-point deficit at halftime but we were able to get it back to being a 3-point game at halftime."

Joseph Uchebo had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the loss for the 49ers.

"We just brought effort," Ogbueze said. "We were playing hard. The energy and effort we came with -- you always give yourself a chance when you play that hard and defend like that."



Georgetown: Derrickson was charged with a technical foul for disputing a call in the second half.


Price was back on a familiar court, coaching in the same arena where he spent two seasons as an assistant coach for Michael Jordan's Hornets. Price said what was weird is sitting on different bench, where the NBA visiting teams usually sit.


Georgetown: Dec. 30 at DePaul on Dec. 30 to open Big East play.

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Georgetown will look to Big East Tournament after falling to Wildcats

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Georgetown will look to Big East Tournament after falling to Wildcats

PHILADELPHIA -- Jay Wright moved into a tie atop Villanova's career wins list with 413 in No. 4 Villanova's 97-73 win over Georgetown on Saturday night.

Wright improved to 413-165 since he took the job in 2001 and has led the Wildcats to the 2009 Final Four and 2016 national championship. He matched Al Severance, who went 413-201 from 1936-1961. Wright can top Severance with a win in the Big East Tournament.

The Wildcats head to Madison Square Garden as the No. 2 seed after their run of four straight regular-season conference titles was ended by Xavier.

There's little worry on the Main Line that Villanova can't make a deep run in the postseason. The Wildcats (27-4, 14-4 Big East) beat champion Xavier twice this season and will surely be a No. 1 or 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

They used the Hoyas (15-14, 5-13) as little more than a tune-up in the finale and took a 15-point lead in the first half that was never seriously challenged. Mikal Bridges scored 24 points and Jalen Brunson solidified his player of the year candidacy with 16 points and seven assists.

Yes, the Wildcats had been upset at the Wells Fargo Center this season by St. John's, a team that was winless in the Big East, but the outcome seemed a mere formality against Patrick Ewing's Hoyas.

The Hoyas missed all nine 3s in the first half. Jesse Govan scored 30 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field and he went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line.

The second half served as a mere countdown toward Wright's ascension to a share of the top of the record book.

Wright led the Wildcats, who won the 1985 national title under his mentor Rollie Massimino, to their greatest run of success in program history. They've won at least 32 games each of the previous three seasons and he's led them to the NCAAs all but one year (2012) since 2005.

Wright, a Churchville, Pennsylvania native, played college basketball at Bucknell and started as an assistant at Rochester and Drexel. He spent five seasons at Villanova as Massimino's assistant, then followed him to UNLV for another two years before taking the head coaching job at Hofstra in 1994.

Hired in 2001 to replace Steve Lappas, Wright took the Wildcats to the top of every meaningful stat -- including an eight-week stint this year at No. 1 in the AP Top 25 poll.

Derrickson's late 3 gives Hoyas win over Seton Hall

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Derrickson's late 3 gives Hoyas win over Seton Hall

Marcus Derrickson scored 22 points, grabbed a career-best 18 rebounds and hit the game-winning 3-pointer on Saturday as Georgetown beat Seton Hall 83-80.

Derrickson got an open look on a deep 3 near the end of the shot clock and buried it with 4.2 seconds left:

 He was also fouled on the close out by Khadeen Carrington but missed the foul shot. Myles Powell, who finished with 25 points for the Pirates, missed a 3-point attempt as time ran out.

Jamorko Pickett added 18 points and Jessie Govan scored 11 for the Hoyas (14-10, 4-9 Big East), who had a 17-point lead from early in the second half erased by the six-minute mark.

Angel Delgado's layup with 5:36 to play capped a 10-0 run and gave Seton Hall (17-8, 6-6) its first lead of the game at 69-67.

Desi Rodriguez added 24 points and Delgado scored 12 for the Pirates.