Nov. 22, 2015
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Duke 86, Georgetown 84
NEW YORK - Georgetown rallied from a nine-point deficit to pull within one point and had a jumper from sophomore forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) fall just short at the buzzer as the Hoyas lost to No. 5 Duke, 86-84, in the championship game of the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden Sunday afternoon. The Hoyas fall to 1-3 overall while Duke improves to 4-1.
Copeland scored a career-high 21 points to lead the Hoyas, while senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) had 14 points, six assists and three rebounds, freshman forward Kaleb Johnson (South Hill, Va./The Carlisle School) had 14 points and four rebounds and sophomore forward L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) added 13 points, three rebounds and two assists.
GU rallied from a 63-54 deficit to pull within one, 70-69, on a jumper from Smith-Rivera with 4:33 left. The Blue Devils scored seven-straight points to push the lead back to 77-69, but the Hoyas chipped away. Free throws from freshman center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y/Wings Academy) made it 82-78 and a three from Copeland with 29 seconds left made it 84-81.
Trailing 86-81, Copeland hit another three with seven seconds left to make it a two-point game. After Duke's Derryck Thornton missed two free throws with five seconds left, the Hoyas had a chance, but Copeland's trey attempt fell just short as the Blue Devils escaped.
The Hoyas led at the break (47-42), but fell behind by nine points, 63-54, early in the second half before going on a late run and pulling to within one point, 70-69, on a driving layup from Smith-Rivera with 4:07 to play in the game. Johnson hit two free throws and a layup and junior forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic) hit a 3-pointer before Smith-Rivera's layup.
Duke responded with seven-straight points and took a 77-69 lead on a 3-pointer from Grayson Allen
The Hoyas had led by five points at the break and a layup from senior center Bradley Hayes (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) extended the margin to 49-42, but Duke quickly got back into it. The Blue Devils used an 8-0 run and took a 50-49 lead on a 3-pointer from Matt Jones at the 16:12 mark.
Smith-Rivera responded with a trey of his own to give GU the lead back, 52-50, and a dunk from Peak had the Hoyas up 54-53, but Duke used a 10-0 run to take a 63-54 lead on a layup from Amile Jefferson with 15 minutes to play.
Georgetown had led for almost the entirety of the first half before Duke briefly took a 40-39 lead on a 3-pointer from Jones (1:08). A pair of treys from Johnson -- including a half-court heave at the buzzer -- gave GU a five-point lead at the break, 47-42.
Duke had taken a 14-13 lead on a layup from Luke Kennard (12:52) before GU went on a 9-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Copeland that gave the Hoyas a 22-16 lead with 9:51 to play in the half. A layup from Smith-Rivera at 8:30 gave GU its biggest lead (26-18), one they matched three more times in the opening 20 minutes. A mid-range jumper from Copeland gave the Blue & Gray a 37-29 lead with 3:57 left before the Blue Devils rallied to take the lead on a three from Jones (40-39).
Georgetown shot 54.9 percent from the floor (28-of-51), hit 40.9 percent of its three-pointers (9-of-22) and 79.2 percent of its free throws (19-of-24). The Hoyas were outrebounded, 31-27, handed out 16 assists and had 12 turnovers.
Georgetown returns home next weekend, hosting Bryant at Verizon Center on Saturday, Nov. 28. The game tips off at noon and will be shown live on FOX Sports 2. It is the first of seven-straight home games for the Hoyas.