Dec. 27, 2014
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NEW YORK - Junior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) scored 29 points, including 24 in the second half and overtime, as Georgetown overcame a 10-point halftime deficit and used a 7-0 spurt in overtime to beat Indiana, 91-87, in the Indeed Invitational at Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon.
It was the third-straight win, and the fourth in the last five games for the Hoyas, who improved to 8-3 overall, while Indiana falls to 10-3.
Smith-Rivera matched his season-high of 29 points, hitting 9-of-18 shots from the floor and 5-of-7 3-points field goals, four of them in the second half, to lead four players in double figures. Senior guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]) scored a career-high 22 points and had four rebounds, senior center Joshua Smith (Kent, Wash./Kentwood/UCLA) scored 14 points - 12 in the second half - and had six rebounds and senior guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) added 12 points and seven rebounds.
In overtime, the Hoyas scored the first seven points, with baskets from Smith sandwiched around a 3-pointer from Smith-Rivera, giving GU an 84-77 lead. Indiana pulled to within three, 88-85, on free throws from James Blackmon Jr. with 53 seconds left, but a tidy pull-up jumper from Smith-Rivera with 23 seconds left pushed the lead to 90-85. The Hoosiers were off the mark on a 3-pointer from Ferrell with 15 seconds left and Bowen hit 1-of-2 free throws to ice the game.
GU had trailed by 10 points (40-30) at the break and 42-30 early in the half before chipping away at the lead. Consecutive 3-point baskets from Smith-Rivera and a layup from Bowen made it 47-38. Another three from Smith-Rivera made it 49-41, but the Hoosiers pushed the lead back to 10 points, 51-41, on a layup from Robert Johnson with 14:37 to play in the game.
That's when Georgetown really turned it on, using a 17-3 run over a span of 6:10 to take a 58-54 lead on a layup from freshman forward L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) with 7:33 to play in the game. The run started with a 7-0 spurt, with free throws and a layup from Smith and a 3-pointer from Bowen at the 12:26 mark. A layup from Trawick cut the lead to one point, 51-50, before a three from James Blackmon Jr. gave IU a 54-40 lead. The Hoyas responded with an 8-0 run to take the lead after a jumper from freshman forward Paul White (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) and layups from Smith-Rivera, Bowen and Peak.
GU led 66-64 after a jumper from Bowen with 4:43 to play, but the Hoosiers took a 69-66 lead after a 3-point from Yogi Ferrell and a Troy Williams layup. The Hoyas responded with an 8-0 run and took a 74-69 lead on a jumper from Smith-Rivera with 1:37 to play in the game. The lead was still five points, 76-71, after a Trawick jumper, but Ferrell hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute to tie the game at 77-all. GU had a chance to win it in the waning moments but could not connect.
Indiana led by 10 points, 40-30, at the half, thanks largely to its three-point shooting, as the Hoosiers hit 7-of-13 shots from long distance.
Georgetown took a pair of early leads, first at 4-3 on a layup from Peak just over two minutes into the game and then at 8-7 on a jumper from senior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) with 15:40 to play. Tied at 12-all following a layup from Bowen with 12:54 to play, the Hoosiers took an 18-12 lead after consecutive three-pointers from Blackmon Jr. and Ferrell. A three from Trawick and a layup from Peak cut the lead to 18-17, but a three-pointer from Blackmon Jr. pushed the lead back to four points, 23-19.
Smith-Rivera hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to 23-22 with 7:52 to play, but Indiana out-scored Georgetown 17-8 over the final 7:02 of the half - connecting on three 3-pointers - and took a 40-30 lead after a Troy Williams layup with two seconds left.
The Hoyas finished the game shooting 51.5 percent from the floor (35-of-68), including 58.3 percent from 3-point land (7-of-12) and were 53.8 percent from the free throw line (14-of-26). IU held a 40-35 advantage on the boards, handed out 16 assists and had 13 steals.
Georgetown starts BIG EAST Conference play on Wednesday, Dec. 31, traveling to play at Xavier in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tipoff is slated for 10 p.m. during the BIG EAST Conference New Year's Eve Marathon, which will air on Fox Sports 1. Brian Davis will handle the play-by-play, while Bob Wenzel will serve as the color analyst. The radio call can be heard on ESPN 980 AM.