By Joseph Pollicino, special to CSNmidatlantic.com
Hangover be damned.
After an emotional 79-72 win over archrival Syracuse Saturday, Georgetown won its fourth straight game Tuesday night at Verizon Center with a 74-57 victory over Brown.
L.J. Peak had 13 points, Bradley Hayes recorded his second double-double of the season, and D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 12 points to lead a balanced offensive effort for Georgetown (5-3).
Hayes had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Hoyas, who never looked back after jumping out to a 24-4 lead within the first 10 minutes of the game.
“We all had it in our minds that this was still a big game,” said Hayes. “We came off a big game with Syracuse but every game is important to us and that’s what we wanted to show when we stepped on the court tonight.”
For the game, Georgetown shot 49 percent from the floor, while holding Brown to 28 percent. The Hoyas outrebounded the Bears 42-34.
“I think we did a tremendous job of rebounding and limiting them to one shot,” said Smith-Rivera.
Georgetown entered halftime with a 46-15 lead, thanks to 57 percent shooting from the field, including 7-of-13 from three-point range. Brown, on the other hand, shot a measly 23 percent, including 1-of-11 from downtown. The Bears (3-6) made only two of their first 14 field goal attempts.
Georgetown's second half performance, however, left much to be desired. Brown outscored the Hoyas 42-28 in the final frame, in part due to 17 Georgetown fouls committed. The Bears made 22-of-23 free throws in the second half, after missing all four of their attempts in the first.
“That kind of slowed everything down and made it harder for us to get a rhythm,” said Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III. “I think they played better in the second half.”
Steven Spieth, brother of PGA Tour star Jordan Spieth, led the Bears with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Georgetown returns to action at Verizon Center against UNC Wilmington (5-0) on Saturday afternoon as part of the BB&T Classic.
Home sweet home: Tuesday’s game was the fourth of a what so far has been a friendly seven-game homestand for the Hoyas. Georgetown has won all four games by an average of 18 points per game. Matchups with UNC Wilmington, Monmouth, and UNC Asheville conclude the homestand.
On the Board: Paul White scored his first points of the season off a backdoor cut layup late in the first half . After missing the first four games with a hip injury, White started 0-of 3 from the field in his first three games. He finished the game with four points, four rebounds, and one assist in 17 minutes played.
“He’s still sluggish,” Thompson said of the sophomore forward. “We need to get him to where he gets into his groove and he gets comfortable. He’s still not there yet.”
All in on the action: Every single Hoya saw the court on Tuesday night as Thompson continued to use a deep rotation. Aside from Riyan Williams, 11 Hoyas played in the first half alone. Riyan Williams even recorded his first ever field goal off a conventional three-point play in transition in the final two minutes.
“We can go 11-12 deep without much drop-off,” said Thompson. “It’s just a function of the matchups of the game, who’s playing well, who’s going well, who’s not going well and they can come sit.”
Coughing it up: Turnovers continue to be an area that has room for improvement. Georgetown had as many turnovers (18) as assists. The 18 turnovers set a season-high.
A little chippy: Marcus Derrickson received a flagrant foul on Spieth at 3:21 mark. Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III received a rare technical foul at the 4:19 mark of the second half after arguing with referee Jeff Anderson. It was his first technical foul since Jan. 2013 in a Georgetown home loss to Pittsburgh.
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