Jan. 10, 2015
Providence 60, Georgetown 57 (
Providence, R.I. - Georgetown saw a late second half lead slip away but tied the game in the waning seconds of regulation before falling in overtime to Providence, 60-57, at Dunkin' Donuts Center Saturday afternoon.
Junior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) scored 15 points to lead Georgetown, while senior center Joshua Smith (Kent, Wash./Kentwood/UCLA) recorded his second-straight double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Paul White (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) scored 11 points, had three rebounds and three blocked shots off the bench.
After trailing through much of the first half, the Hoyas took the lead early in the second half and maintained it through most of the period. A layup from freshman forward L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) and a layup and free throw from White gave GU a 46-41 lead with 3:59 to play in the game, but the Friars took a 47-46 lead after a jumper and 3-pointer from Tyler Harris and a free throw from Carson Desrosiers with 1:57 left.
A basket from Smith-Rivera gave GU a 48-47 lead with 1:42 left, but LaDontae Henton hit two free throws with 1:08 to play and added one more with 21 seconds left to give the Friars a 50-48 lead. The Hoyas called a timeout and a shot from White was off the mark, but Smith grabbed the rebound and hit a layup with 2.8 seconds left, sending it to overtime.
In overtime, Georgetown took a quick lead on a basket from White, but Kris Dunn gave PC a 53-52 lead with a layup and free throw and followed that up with a 3-pointer, pushing the lead to 56-52. After a missed basket from the Hoyas, Carson Desrosiers' jumper gave PC a 58-52 lead.
The Hoyas chipped away, with Smith hitting a free throw with 1:41 to play, then adding two more with 51 seconds left and a layup from Peak with 16 seconds left cut the lead to 58-57. Dunn hit a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left to push the lead to 60-57 and Georgetown could not hit a three at the buzzer to send it to a second overtime.
The Hoyas went into the second half down by two points, 23-21, but took a 24-23 lead on a 3-pointer from Smith-Rivera early in the second half. A free throw from Smith tied the game at 25-all and started a 10-3 Georgetown run as the Hoyas took a 34-28 lead on a jumper from Smith-Rivera.
Providence pulled to within 34-33 on a conventional three-point play from Kris Dunn, but a 3-pointer from Smith-Rivera started a 7-1 run that was capped by a layup from Smith with 8:17 to play.
Both teams struggled from the field in the first half, with Georgetown connecting on only 29.8 percent of its shots (8-of-27) and Providence hitting only 28.6 percent (8-of-28). A 3-pointer from Smith-Rivera with 1:20 to play pulled the Hoyas to within 22-21 and a free throw from PC's Ben Bentil gave the Friars a 23-21 lead at intermission.
The Friars jumped out to a quick 9-3 lead, but back-to-back jumpers from White followed by a fast break dunk from Peak tied the game at 9-all. GU would go 5:52 without a field goal until Smith connected on a layup with 7:36 to play as GU trailed by only two points, 13-11. That was the start of a 7-2 spurt as the Hoyas took a 16-15 lead on a 3-pointer from guard Tre Campbell (Washington, D.C./St. John's College HS) with 5:41 left in the half. The Friars responded with a 6-0 spurt and took a 22-16 lead on Bentil's layup, but a baseline jumper from junior center Bradley Hayes (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) and a trey from Smith-Rivera narrowed the gap.
The Hoyas finished the game shooting 36.8 percent from the floor (21-of-57), including 4-of-7 from 3-point land (23.5%) and 55.0 percent from the free throw line (11-of-20). Georgetown held a 44-40 advantage on the boards, handed out eight assists and committed 15 turnovers.
Georgetown continues its road trip on Tuesday, Jan. 13, visiting DePaul at Allstate Arena in Chicago. The game will be shown live on FOX Sports 1 at 9 p.m., with Eric Collins and Stephen Bardo calling all of the action. The radio call of Rich Chvotkin can be heard locally on Sports Talk AM 570.