Govan's career-high 27 points cannot save Hoyas against Pirates


Govan's career-high 27 points cannot save Hoyas against Pirates

Outside of the basketball, the highlight of any Georgetown game involves the school's living breathing mascot, Jack the Bulldog, skateboarding from one end of the court to the other during a first half break. Whether it was Wednesday's late 9:00 p.m. tip or late season blues, Jack essentially passed on his performing his trick, dismounting twice.

The hooping Hoyas didn't dog their effort against visiting Seton Hall, which didn't make a field goal for the final 14 minutes, 11 seconds. Yet for the second time in 11 days, the Pirates bucked them out of their desired plans and sent Georgetown's postseason hopes careening toward uncertainty.

Freshman center Jessie Govan scored a career-high 27 points on 10 of 13 shooting but had scant help as Georgetown lost its second straight game, falling 72-64.

The Hoyas (14-13, 7-7) shot 37.7 percent from the field against an aggressive defense, including a dismal 6 of 27 on 3-pointers before a sparse crowd at Verizon Center.

They likely shot their chances at an NCAA Tournament at-large bid with their current slide. Georgetown has lost six of eight. That includes 69-61 at Seton Hall on Feb. 6.

"They are one of the leaders in our league in steals," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said of Seton Hall. "I'm looking at the stat sheet. It says 13 [turnovers]. It felt like we had 30 turnovers."

Isaiah Whitehead scored 22 points for the Pirates (18-7, 8-5), winners of five of six. Khadeen Carrington had 18 points.

The Pirates overcame their field goal drought, missing their final 10 attempts, by hitting 25 of 30 free throws including 21 of 26 in the second half.

Seton Hall pulled away with a 10-0 run overlapping halftime for a 39-28 lead and increased the margin to 16 with 13:31 remaining. Georgetown clawed back within six points on three separate occasions including 62-56 with 3:16 remaining, but could never get over the half-dozen hump.

It's time to get over dreams of Georgetown in the NCAA Tournament outside of winning its final four regular season games or the automatic bid that comes with winning the Big East Tournament.

If the Hoyas want to get into the NIT, they must finish all conference games, including the Big East Tournament, with no less than a .500 record. That means picking up two wins over their final four regular season games. For that to happen, Georgetown must buck its current and unwanted trend. Considering the daunting remaining schedule, we'll see about that.

Three who mattered

Jessie Govan: No question who was the bright spot for the Hoyas. Making his second straight start in place of injured center Bradley Hayes (hand), Govan opened the game sinking his first three shots inside. Later he moved beyond the arc where he hit 4 of 5. Do the math and his teammates shot 2 of 22 on 3-pointers and 13 of 48 from the field.

Isaiah Whitehead: The dazzling sophomore guard sank his first four 3-pointers, finishing 4 of 5 from deep. He also had a game-high six assists.

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera: The senior finished with a respectable 18 points, but missed eight of 10 3-point attempts.


▪ Other than Govan inside, the half-court offense rarely gelled. Georgetown had as many turnovers (10) as field goals in the first half. Down 11 in the first half, the Hoyas rallied to 29-28, but the Pirates closed the first half with a 7-0 for a 36-28 halftime lead.

▪ Seton Hall's players had more bounce in their step throughout, whether gobbling up 50-50 balls or clogging potential driving/passing lanes defensively. The Pirates had nine steals. In the previous loss, the Hoyas shot 33.9 percent from the field. 

▪ Govan took a blow to the head late in the first half  and went to the locker room after a significant cut opened above his left eye. With his No.15 jersey bloodied, he played in the second half  wearing No. 20 and sporting a bandage. He finished 4 of 5 for nine points as 15 and 6 of 8 for 18 points as 20.

▪ Game in, game out, Georgetown loses the free throw battle. The Hoyas were outscored 25-12, taking only 14 free throws. That's eight straight games with fewer made free throws.

Worth mentioning

* When Georgetown trails at halftime, it typically does after the final buzzer as well. The Hoyas are 1-12 when down at halftime.

▪ No. 8 Xavier visits Saturday (12:00 p.m.) for Georgetown's penultimate home game. The Hoyas shocked the Musketeers 81-72 in Cincinnati last month. After Xavier, Georgetown hosts Butler before playing at Marquette and No. 1 Villanova.

▪ Georgetown starting guard Tre Campbell's scoring drought continues. The sophomore went scoreless for the fifth time in six games, missing all four of his field goal attempts. Since scoring 21 at Xavier on Jan. 19, Campbell has 13 points.

They said it

* We've been fighting...We just have to find a way to manufacture wins. The beauty of being in the best conference in the country is that you look and we still have two games against top 10 teams. ...As frustrated as we all are, we still can make some noise." -- Thompson.

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Georgetown snaps 4-game road losing streak, tops Butler

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Georgetown snaps 4-game road losing streak, tops Butler

INDIANAPOLIS -- Marcus Derrickson tied a career-high with 27 points, on 11-of-13 shooting, for his eighth 20-plus point game this season and Georgetown beat Butler 87-83 on Tuesday night.

After Georgetown missed two free throws, Kamar Baldwin made a scoop shot in the lane and Sean McDermott stole the inbounds pass, leading to another Baldwin basket to pull Butler to 84-81 with 1:29 to go.

Butler had a chance to tie it in the closing seconds, but Baldwin's long 3-pointer was short and Jahvon Blair sealed it at the line at 4.5.

Jessie Govan had his 12th double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds for Georgetown (15-10, 5-9 Big East). Trey Dickerson, a senior averaging 3.5 points per game, set a career-high in the first half with 12 points and finished with 18.

Kelan Martin had 22 points and eight rebounds to reach 20 points for the 17th time this season for Butler (17-10, 7-7). Tyler Wideman added 19 points and Baldwin had 16 points, six rebounds and seven assists.

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Virginia jumps to top of new AP poll for first time since 1982


Virginia jumps to top of new AP poll for first time since 1982

A loss didn't prevent Virginia from climbing to No. 1 in AP men's basketball poll for the first time in more than 35 years after all.

The Cavaliers rose a slot to sit atop Monday's AP Top 25 despite an overtime home loss Saturday to Virginia Tech, part of an upset-filled week that allowed for plenty of uncertainty in the poll. The Cavaliers (23-2, 12-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) earned 30 of 65 first-place votes to outdistance No. 2 Michigan State and rise above the turmoil that included last week's top three teams all losing.

Tony Bennett's Cavaliers had been at No. 2 before this season, but this is the first time the program has reached No. 1 since December 1982 — the senior season of 7-foot-4 great Ralph Sampson — back when the poll ranked only 20 teams. And that team fell out of that spot after its improbable upset loss to Chaminade in Hawaii, regarded by many as the biggest upset in the history of college sports.

Virginia looked set to reach the No. 1 spot after Villanova's home loss to St. John's before losing to the Hokies. Still, the Cavaliers ended up there a day after the NCAA selection committee had them as the No. 1 overall seed in its reveal of the top 16 seeds to date.

The Cavaliers — whose 12 previous weeks at No. 1 all came during the Sampson era — play with the top ranking for the first time since the Chaminade loss on Tuesday at Miami.

"I do not get too carried away with where we are," Bennett said after the loss to the Hokies. "I always say 'thus far,' and now we have to prove it again. ... Now we are going to get a chance to do it again and we are going to have to fight like crazy every game. Everybody is capable of beating everybody in this league and that is reality. If you are little off it is not enough."



Michigan State (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) climbed two spots after a weekend win against Purdue in a top-5 matchup. The Spartans, who reached No. 1 for a week in January, earned 21 first-place votes.

Next came Villanova (23-2, 10-2 Big East), who fell to third after a five-week stay at No. 1 and earned nine first-place votes. Xavier (23-3, 11-2 Big East) inched up a spot to fourth and earned five first-place votes, followed by Cincinnati (23-2, 12-0 American Athletic Conference) at No. 5.

This is Xavier's highest ranking in its history, while Cincinnati is in the top 5 for the first time since spending a good chunk of the 2001-02 season there.


Purdue (23-4, 12-2 Big East) fell from third to sixth after losing to Ohio State and Michigan State last week. Those losses snapped the nation's longest winning streak at 19 games, marking Purdue's first losses since falling to Tennessee and Western Kentucky on consecutive November days in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas.

Texas Tech was next at No. 7, followed by Ohio State, Gonzaga and Auburn to round out the top 10.



Rivalry wins against Duke and North Carolina State helped North Carolina climb seven spots to No. 14 for the week's biggest jump. It continued the Tar Heels' wild swings in poll positioning, including a nine-slot drop last month and two other slides of eight slots.

Ohio State rose six spots to No. 8 after the Purdue win, while No. 11 Clemson was up five spots.


Oklahoma and freshman star Trae Young had the biggest fall of the week, down six spots to No. 23. The Sooners have lost three straight and six of eight after Saturday's loss at Iowa State .

St. Mary's (15th) and Arizona (17th) both fell four spots.


The newcomers aren't entirely new this week. Both No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 25 Arizona State have been ranked multiple weeks this season and appeared in the top 10, with the Sun Devils reaching No. 3 on Christmas Day.


Kentucky fell out of the rankings for the second time this season -- It hadn't happened since March 2014 before this year -- from No. 24 after three straight losses. Miami fell out from No. 25 after losing at Boston College.