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Peak Scores 23, Georgetown Beats St. Francis BKLYN in Opener, 83-62

Nov. 15, 2014

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WASHINGTON - Freshman forward L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) scored a game-high 23 points and Georgetown used an early run in the second half to break open a close game en route to an 83-62 win over St. Francis BKLYN on Saturday afternoon at Verizon Center.

The Hoyas improved to 1-0, while the Terriers are 0-1.

Peak, one of four Georgetown freshmen to see extensive playing time, hit all nine of his field goal attempts to lead the Hoyas. His 23 points are the most for a Georgetown freshman under Head Coach John Thompson III.

Senior guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) scored 11 points and had five rebounds, senior center Joshua Smith (Kent, Wash./UCLA/Kentwood) added 10 points and senior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) had two points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Leading by only six points, 37-31, at the half, Georgetown used 12-3 run over the opening 3:40 of the second frame to widen the gap to 49-34 on a steal and breakaway dunk from Peak.

St. Francis narrowed the to 10 points on a layup from Kevin Douglas, but a three-pointer by freshman guard Tre Campbell (Washington, D.C./St. John's College HS) and a jumper from freshman forward Paul White (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) pushed the lead to 16 points, 55-39, with 11:49 to play.

After a three-pointer from Jalen Cannon narrowed the gap to 12 points, 60-48, with 8:06 left in the game, the Hoyas used a 17-5 spurt over 5:23 and took their biggest lead of the game, 24 points, 77-53, on a layup from White.

The Hoyas led by as many as 14 points in the first half, 35-21, after a layup from Smith, but went into the break leading by only six points, 37-31.

Georgetown jumped out to a quick lead, scoring the first four baskets - two by Trawick - to take an 8-0 lead and led 10-2 after a layup from Peak at 16:39, but the Terriers out-scored GU 12-4 over the next 5:07 and tied the game at 14-all on a layup from Chris Hooper with 11:32 to play. One of two free throws from Peak gave the Hoyas a 15-14 lead, but a layup from Hooper gave St. Francis its only lead of the game, 16-15, with 10:37 to play in the half.

Georgetown responded with a 14-1 run over a span of 4:07 and took a 29-17 lead on a free throw from Hopkins with 6:23 to play. The Hoyas held St. Francis without a field goal for 4:38 before a layup from Tyreek Jewell with 5:59 to play, making it 29-19. Smith's layup with 3:29 left on the clock made it 35-21, but the Terriers used a 10-2 run over the remainder of the half to pull within six points.

Georgetown shot 52.5 percent from the floor (32-of-61), including 63.3 percent in the second half (19-of-30). The Hoyas hit only two three-point field goals (2-of-10, 20%) and were 68.0 percent from the free throw line (17-of-25). St. Francis held a 45-40 advantage on the glass.

Georgetown continues its three-game season-opening homestand on Tuesday, Nov. 18, hosting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on Fox Sports 2.

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