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Hoyas take down Marquette, now 2-0 in Big East play


Hoyas take down Marquette, now 2-0 in Big East play

Talent hasn't been the issue. Execution and energy primarily held Georgetown back at times this season, including its two final home games of 2015. Based on their 2016 debut, the Hoyas are showing clear signs of improvement.

Marcus Derrickson scored 16 points and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 15 including Georgetown's last 12 points over the final 2:09 as the Hoyas fended off Marquette for an 80-70 win Saturday evening at Verizon Center.

Isaac Copeland and Jessie Govan each scored 11 points for the Hoyas (9-5, 2-0 Big East), who had lost their previous two home games. Georgetown made 22 of 23 free throws and led the Golden Eagles by 19 points with 19 minutes remaining.

With a varied and potent attack fueled by the frontcourt, Georgetown scored a season-high 49 points before halftime. The Hoyas then had their customary drought, one that lasted most of the second half until Smith-Rivera took over.

Scoreless in the first half, Smith-Rivera only had one basket and three points when Marquette pulled within 68-62 with 2:36 remaining.

He started his scoring surge with two free throws. After Marquette's heralded freshman Henry Ellenson countered with a jumper, Smith-Rivera drained a step-back jumper and made a twisting layup on Georgetown's next two possessions. He finished off the win with six more free throws. Smith-Rivera also had a career-high eight assists.

Marquette (10-4, 0-2) never mounted one furious comeback, but chipped away at Georgetown's lead throughout the second half.  The Golden Eagles, coming off an 83-63 home loss against Seton Hall, shot 39 percent from the field. Duane Wilson scored 17 points.

With centers Bradley Hayes and Govan anchoring the interior defense, Georgetown held Ellenson, a projected NBA lottery pick, to 13 points on 4 of 15 shooting. Govan's physicality showed against the 6-foot-10 Ellenson and he finished with four blocks.

Georgetown shot 59.4 percent from the field for a 49-36 at halftime lead as Derrickson scored 13 points. After extending the lead to 55-36 with 18:49 remaining, the offense dried up. Georgetown scored two points over the next 10:30 before Reggie Cameron's four-point play pushed the lead to 61-49 with 8:15 left.

Georgetown opened Big East play with a 70-58 win at DePaul Wednesday, but dropped its previous two home games in surprise losses to Monmouth and UNC Asheville. The timid squad that lost to those schools and Radford didn't show in their Big East home opener.

* L.J. Peak remained in his sixth-role. Don't expect a change. The energetic sophomore had 10 points on 5 of 5 shooting.

* Georgetown outrebounded Marquette 39-28 as eight players grabbed at least three boards.

* Freshman swingman Kaleb Johnson had six rebounds in 12 minutes including three offensive. Beyond the stats, Johnson provides hustle and smarts which led to Georgetown coach John Thompson III providing an interesting comparison. "We’re only two games into conference play, but in the locker room, I told the guys, Kaleb reminded me, and has all year, if you can take the offensive component out of it, of Otto [Porter]. You would see Otto Porter running down long rebounds, you would see Otto Porter making the hustle plays and getting on the floor. Kaleb at this point is not the offensive player that Otto was, but as it related to the effort he puts out, the caring and the effect he has on the game and the energy he gives and the confidence he gives his teammates is something he’s very good at and hopefully other people will start to do that also."

* The Hoyas have won three straight over the Golden Eagles since coach Steve Wojciechowski took over last season and are 6-2 at Verizon Center in Big East play.

* The first half reminded all of the offensive potential with this roster. Even with starting guards Smith-Rivera and Tre Campbell combining for two points, the Hoyas flowed.

Derrickson, Govan and Copeland all made 3-pointers in the first half. With those types of threat in the frontcourt, the Hoyas can spread the court as modern basketball desires. Derrickson had 13 points and Copeland 11 while Peak went 4 for 4 for eight points. Those shooters opens lane for the slashing swingman whose best offensive moves involve attacking the rim.

* Considering how they labored during non-conference games, the Hoyas couldn't have asked for a better scheduling start with Big East play. Georgetown plays five games before facing any of the four teams ranked in the latest Associated Press poll -- Xavier, Villanova, Providence, Butler -- or 12-2 Seton Hall. If Georgetown can win Tuesday at Creighton, there's a good chance it can start 5-0 considering games against DePaul and at St. John's follow.  The Red Storm under first-year coach Chris Mullin will challenge the Blue Demons for the conference basement. If the Hoyas keep rebuilding their confidence and defense, let's see what happens,

* Paul White did not play for a second straight game after re-aggravating a hip injury that kept him of the court for the first four games, confirmed. No immediate schedule set for his return.

* Up next: At Creighton (10-5, 1-1) Tuesday.

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.