Smith-Rivera's 33 points lead Hoyas over St. John's 93-73


Smith-Rivera's 33 points lead Hoyas over St. John's 93-73

NEW YORK (AP) -- D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera matched his career high with 33 points and Georgetown ran away from St. John's for a 93-73 victory Wednesday night, the school-record eighth straight loss for the Red Storm.

Reggie Cameron added a career-high 15 points for the Hoyas (11-6, 4-1 Big East), who won for the fifth time in six games and posted their season-high point total.

Ron Mvouika had 15 points -- all in the second half -- for the Red Storm (7-11, 0-5), who are on the worst losing streak in the basketball program's 109-year history.

The Hoyas shot 51.7 percent (15 of 29) from the field in taking a 45-28 halftime lead. The Red Storm could never get any kind of shooting going, hitting 28.6 percent in the first half (8 of 28). With Smith-Rivera scoring eight straight in one run, the Hoyas led by as many as 27 in a foul-plagued second half.

Smith-Rivera finished 11 of 16 from the field, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range. It was the highest point total this season for any player in the Big East.

OLD TIMES: First-year St. John's coach Chris Mullin had some great battles against Georgetown when he played for the then-Redmen. He played 12 games against the Hoyas from 1981-85, averaging 19.3 points and scoring more than 25 points five times. He shot 54.0 percent from the field (there was no 3-point line then) and 87.0 percent from the free-throw line. His high game against Georgetown was 35 points on 13-of-18 shooting at the Cap Centre on Feb. 21, 1984. ... The attendance of 7,837 was the lowest for a Georgetown-St. John's game since 2007.

ALL IN THE FAMILY: It's obvious that Georgetown coach John Thompson III is the son of Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame coach John Thompson Jr., the man who made the Hoyas a national power. Patrick Ewing Jr., the son of former Hoyas star and Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing. There are two sons of former Hoyas on the roster: Ryan Williams is the son of All-America Reggie Williams and Trey Mourning is the son of All-America Alonzo Mourning.


Georgetown: Smith-Rivera entered as the Hoyas' leading scorer (15.3) and leader in assists (4.5). ... The Hoyas entered second in the Big East in free-throw shooting at 74.5 percent and they went 27 of 33 from the line Wednesday.

St. John's: This was the Red Storm's second game without 6-foot-11 Yankuba Sima, the leading shot blocker in the Big East at 3.1 per game. He broke his left hand and is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks. ... St. John's came in leading the all-time series 55-48 and the Red Storm had won two of the last three. ... The other seasons St. John's lost seven straight were 1918-19 and 2003-04. ... The Red Storm entered 2-0 at Madison Square Garden this season.

Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats


Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats

WASHINGTON -- Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run homer, Vince Velasquez pitched five effective innings and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped Washington's six-game win streak with a 3-1 victory over the Nationals on Saturday.

Velasquez (2-4) allowed one run and one hit in his first win since April 7. He also struck out four, walked four and hit a batter.

Edubray Ramos, Tommy Hunter, Luis Garcia and Hector Neris then combined for four innings of one-hit relief. Neris earned his sixth save.

Trea Turner led off the Washington ninth with a walk and was running when Matt Wieters popped out to short right field. Turner, who slid into second, lost track of the ball and was easily doubled off first.

Wilmer Difo homered for Washington. Third baseman Anthony Rendon went 0 for 2 with two walks after missing 19 games with what the team called a contusion to his toe.

Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark (2-3) tied his season high with nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. He was charged with three runs and six hits.

Andrew Stevenson accounted for Washington's other hit, a one-out single in the sixth. Pedro Severino followed with a walk, but Ramos induced a double-play grounder from Rafael Bautista.

Cesar Hernandez opened the game with a single off Roark and Hoskins homered to center on a 3-2 pitch. It was his fifth of the season.

Maikel Franco provided an insurance run when he followed Carlos Santana's one-out triple with a single in the sixth.


Phillies: RHP Ben Lively (lower back strain) threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session. Lively was placed on the disabled list April 27. ... Manager Gabe Kapler said RHP Pat Neshek (shoulder strain) will throw a bullpen session as the next step in his rehabilitation. Neshek has not appeared in a game this season.

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman was scratched from the lineup due to stiffness in his side, according to manager Dave Martinez. ... RHP Trevor Gott, who sprained an ankle in the sixth inning Friday night, is day to day.


The winners of the last three NL Cy Young Awards square off when Philadelphia's Jake Arrieta (3-1, 3.49 ERA) opposes Max Scherzer (6-1, 1.79 ERA). Arrieta won the award in 2015 with the Cubs and Scherzer, the National League Pitcher of the Month for April, has claimed the honor each of the last two seasons.

Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State


Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.


Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.