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Hoyas' Smith-Rivera named to Cousy watch list

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Hoyas' Smith-Rivera named to Cousy watch list

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera ultimately choosing a return to Georgetown for his senior season boosted the hopes for the Hoyas men's basketball program. That's because the sweet shooting scoring threat is one of the best guards in the country. One of the nation's watch list drove home that point on Tuesday.

Smith-Rivera was among 20 Division I players selected to the watch list for the 2016 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award. 

During his junior season, the 6-foot-3 guard finished fourth in the Big East with 16.3 points per game and was selected to the Big East first team. Following the season, Smith-Rivera surprised many by declaring for the NBA Draft before reversing course eight days later.

"I’ve been here three years. We still haven’t turned that corner," Smith-Rivera told reporters in April. "I feel like this year we had a great team, but next year we’ll have an even better team with the guys coming in and a lot of the guys that we have now."

That corner Smith-Rivera referenced involves the NCAA Tournament. Georgetown defeated Eastern Washington in the opening round of last year's event before losing to Utah. The Hoyas, a projected top 25 team for the 2015-16 season, have not advanced past the Round of 32 since reaching the 2007 Final Four. Smith-Rivera's final shot starts with the Nov. 14 season opener against Radford at Verizon Center.

He also has a realistic shot at finishing among the program's top 5 scorers of all-time.  Matching his 522 points last year would move him into fifth place ahead of Othella Harrington (1839) and trailing only Alonzo Mourning (2,001), Reggie Williams, Patrick Ewing and Eric Floyd (2,304).

The winner of the 2016 Bob Cousy Award will be announced Friday, April 8, 2016. 

MORE NCAA: John Thompson Jr. named first recipient of Dean Smith Award

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.