Georgetown ends slide with rout over St. John's


Georgetown ends slide with rout over St. John's

Is your college basketball team struggling? Are the losses piling up? Is the NCAA Tournament bubble starting to fade into the distance? Then it sounds like your guys need a matchup with the St. John's Red Storm!

No such advertisement exits, but Big East teams have received much needed help when facing the Chris Mullin coached squad this season. With a season-high three-game losing streak and its overall record veering dangerously close into no postseason territory, Georgetown found a winning formula against the team everyone beats.

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 24 points, Isaac Copeland continued his scoring surge with 23 points and L.J. Peak added 20 as Georgetown dominated throughout for a 92-67 romp over St. John's at Verizon Center.

The Hoyas (14-11, 7-5 Big East) shot 54.2 percent from the field, sank 10 of 22 3-pointers and won the rebounding battle 39-27. Georgetown never trailed against last place St. John's (7-18, 0-12), losers of 15 straight games, and led by as many as 28 points.

St. John's, which last won Dec. 13 against Syracuse, entered last in scoring defense (81.2) and ninth in scoring offense (66.5) in conference games. They lived up to the hype. Plenty of quality scoring chances existed near and far for Georgetown. The Hoyas capitalized after shooting 33.9 percent in Saturday's 69-61 loss at Seton Hall.

The win won't improve the Hoyas' March Madness status, but a loss would have essentially ended dreams of at-large consideration into the NCAA Tournament. Instead Georgetown ended any drama with an 18-8 start and 48-32 halftime lead.

Christian Jones led the rebuilding Red Storm with 14 points.

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Smith-Rivera scored 33 in the first meeting against the Red Storm as Georgetown rolled 93-73 on Jan. 13 at Madison Square Garden.

No overt statistical thread connected losses to Providence, Butler and Seton Hall. Georgetown simply couldn't find success in one area without some other issue developing. Against St John's every component worked early and often.

Copeland grabbed eight rebounds, made 8 of 11 shots and scored in double figures for the third straight game after doing so once in the previous eight. Peak hit 9 of 14.

The Hoyas made their first four 3-point attempts. Copeland hit the Hoyas' seventh and final 3-pointer before halftime, giving Georgetown its largest lead at 46-26.

The biggest concern coming out of the game involves Marcus Derrickson. The freshman forward fell hard to the court while contesting a shot. He needed assistance leaving the court and did not return.

With season series against St. John's and DePaul completed, Georgetown now faces one challenge after another over its remaining six regular season games starting with Saturday's tilt at No. 17 Providence (12 p.m.). We'll see if any momentum carries over or if facing St. John's was just a quick fix.

* Georgetown last had three players with at least 20 points in the same game Nov. 30, 2010 as Austin Freeman, Chris Wright and Jason Clark scored often in a 111-102 overtime win at Missouri.

* Nobody confused Peak with a 3-point shooting last season. It's not just that he finished with a dismal 24.6 percent clip (17 of 69), but his form and rotation looked worse. What a difference a year makes. After hitting 2 of 4, Peak improved to 40 percent (24 of 60) this season and 45.4 percent (15 of 33) in Big East play.

* Of the remaining six games, five matchups are against projected NCAA Tournament teams. The lone exception, at Marquette.

* Georgetown coach John Thompson III stopped tinkering with his starting lineup after sending out a different five for each of the previous three games. Don't expect another change based on the overall result.

* Guard Tre Campbell remained with the starters despite three straight scoreless appearances covering 52 minutes and only 10 points since a career-high 21 in the Jan. 19 win at Xavier. The sophomore once again failed to score, missing both of his field goal attempts in 15 minutes.

* St. John's leads the all-time series (55-50), but Georgetown has taken nine of the last 10 meetings.

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Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors


Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors

Leaving the Georgetown Hoyas a season early is initially paying off for Marcus Derrickson. 

Less than a month before what would have been his senior season at Georgetown, the 6-7 forward has signed a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors. 

Derrickson nabbed the second two-way position on the Warriors after an outstanding Summer League translated to a solid preseason.

Fitting right into the Warriors deep-ball oriented scheme, Derrickson was 6-16 from three point range during the five-game preseason. He's a versatile stretch-four that continues to develop and improve on his outside game. 

By signing a two-way contract, the former All-Big East Second teamer will have a chance to get called up to the two-time defending NBA champions at any point this season for up to 45 days. The remaining time will be with the Warriors' G-league affiliate the Santa Cruz Warriors

This arrangement will earn Derrickson a contract of $75,000 and a prorated amount for however much time he is practicing/ playing with Golden State. 

If he is called up to the NBA for more than the allotted 45 days, then the Warriors are obligated to give him a minimum rookie contract. 

Derrickson continues to prove himself as the list of aspiring players dwindles. As each contract begins to near its end, the Warriors time after time offer another opportunity.


West Virginia, Penn State drop in new AP top 25 poll


West Virginia, Penn State drop in new AP top 25 poll

After four of the top eight teams lost, The Associated Press college football poll had a new look behind No. 1 Alabama, with Ohio State reaching No. 2, LSU jumping back to No. 5 and Michigan moving into the top 10 for the first time this season.

The Crimson Tide received all but one of the 61 first-place votes from the media panel Sunday, with Ohio State receiving the other. No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Notre Dame also moved up a spot. LSU jumped eight after handing Georgia its first loss of the season. The Bulldogs slipped from No. 2 to No. 8.

No. 6 Michigan has its best ranking of the season after blowing out Wisconsin and Texas is up two spots to No. 7.

No. 9 Oklahoma moved back into the top 10 while it was idle and Central Florida remained No. 10.


1. Alabama 7-0 (60 first-place votes, no change from last week)

2. Ohio State 7-0 (1 first-place vote, No. 3 last week)

3. Clemson 6-0 (No. 4 last week)

4. Notre Dame 7-0 (No. 5 last week)

5. LSU 6-1 (No. 13 last week)

6. Michigan 6-1 (No. 12 last week)

7. Texas 6-1 (No. 9 last week)

8. Georgia 6-1 (No. 2 last week)

9. Oklahoma 5-1 (No. 11 last week)

10. UCF 6-0 (No change from last week)

11. Florida 6-1 (No. 14 last week)

12. Oregon 5-1 (No. 17 last week)

13. West Virginia 5-1 (No. 6 last week)

14. Kentucky 5-1 (No. 18 last week)

15. Washington 5-2 (No. 7 last week)

16. NC State 5-0 (No. 20 last week)

17. Texas A&M 5-2 (No. 22 last week)

18. Penn State 4-2 (No. 8 last week)

19. Iowa 5-1 (Not ranked last week)

20. Cincinnati 6-0 (No. 25 last week)

21. South Florida 6-0 (No. 23 last week)

22. Mississippi State 4-2 (No. 24 last week)

23. Wisconsin 4-2 (No. 15 last week)

24. Michigan State 4-2 (Not ranked last week)

25. Washington State 5-1 (Not ranked last week)

Virginia and Maryland are among those that received votes, with each team getting two apiece.


Eight ranked teams overall lost Saturday, including three previously unbeaten teams. Joining Georgia among the previously undefeated on Saturday were West Virginia and Colorado.


All the losses up and down the rankings meant plenty of movement. Joining LSU and Michigan as teams that gained at least four spots were:

-- No. 12 Oregon jumped five after beating Washington in overtime. The Ducks have their best ranking since September 2015.

-- No. 17 Texas A&M moved up five after edging South Carolina on the road.

-- It was a good week to be idle and watch teams plummet. No. 14 Kentucky and No. 16 North Carolina State each gained four spots in an idle week, and No. 20 Cincinnati moved up five.


-- No. 13 West Virginia lost at Iowa State and fell seven spots after reaching a season high last week.

-- No. 15 Washington dropped eight spots after losing at Oregon.

-- No. 18 Penn State's second straight close home loss, this time to Michigan State, dropped the Nittany Lions 10 spots.

-- No. 23 Wisconsin, which started the season ranked fourth, dropped eight spots after its second loss.


-- Colorado reached No. 19, racking up wins against a weak schedule, but USC manhandled the Buffaloes in Los Angeles and now they are unranked.

-- Miami, which started the season at No. 8, is out altogether after losing at Virginia.

-- Auburn, which started the season ninth, is out and no longer receiving votes after getting beat at home by Tennessee and falling to 4-3.


-- Iowa surged into the rankings for the first time this season at No. 19.

-- No. 24 Michigan State is back in after a week out.

-- No. 25 Washington State moved in just in time to host ESPN's "College GameDay" for the first time ever with Oregon coming to town. Getting to Pullman, Washington, is notable for the show because for years it has been followed around by Wazzu fans waving the `Ol Crimson school flag.


A week after the Southeastern Conference placed a season-high eight teams in the poll, the SEC lost one and the Big Ten gained two. The ACC has only two ranked team for the first time since Oct. 4, 2015, when Clemson was No. 6 and Florida State was No. 12. The Tigers played for in the national championship game that season.

SEC -- 7 teams (1, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 23).

Big Ten -- 6 (2, 6, 18, 19, 22, 24).

American -- 3 (10, 20, 21).

Big 12 -- 3 (7, 9, 13).

Pac-12 -- 3 (12, 15, 25).

ACC -- 2 (3, 16).

Independent -- 1 (4).


No. 16 North Carolina State at No. 3 Clemson. The ACC's only ranked and unbeaten teams meet in a game that will likely go a long way toward settling the Atlantic Division.

No. 22 Mississippi State at No. 5 LSU. This will be the fourth ranked team the Tigers have faced -- though two (Miami and Auburn) are no longer.

No. 6 Michigan at No. 24 Michigan State. Another chance for Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines to flipped the narrative.

No. 12 Oregon at No. 25 Washington State. The Ducks look to make it an Evergreen State sweep.