Dec. 5, 2015
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WASHINGTON - Senior center Bradley Hayes (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) scored a career-high 21 points and had eight rebounds to lead four players in double figures as Georgetown beat No. 14 Syracuse, 79-72 on Saturday afternoon in front of 18,231 at Verizon Center.
Georgetown, winners of three-straight games, and four of the last five, improves to 4-3, while Syracuse falls to 6-2 overall.
Hayes connected on 8-of-12 shots from the floor and hit 5-of-7 from the free throw line to surpass his career-high of 19 points, set in the season opener.
Sophomore forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) added 14 points and four rebounds, while freshman forward Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) added 13 points and 10 rebounds for his second career double-double and senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) chipped in 11 points, five assists and three rebounds.
The Hoyas led by 12 points, 36-24, at halftime and used an 8-0 run over the opening 2:37 of the second half and widened the gap to 20 points, 44-24, on a 3-pointer form Derrickson. A conventional three-point play from Hayes pushed the lead to 21 points, 47-26, with 16:12 to play.
The Georgetown lead was still 20 points, 51-31, after a Hayes layup with 13:49 to play, but SU began to chip away. Leading by 19 points, 59-39, after a 3-pointer from Smith-Rivera with 10:46 left, the Orange went on a 19-8 run over 6:22 and pulled to within eight points, 66-58, on a layup from DaJuan Coleman with 4:24 left.
Hayes hit a jumper to push the lead back to 10 points, 68-58, with 3:55 to play and twice led by 12 points, first after a Derrickson free throw (71-59, 2:02) and then after two more free throws from junior forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic), pushing the lead to 71-59 with 58 seconds left. Syracuse would pull to within six points, 74-68, with 32 seconds left, but sophomore guard Tre Campbell (Washington, D.C./St. John's College HS) hit two free throws with 22 seconds left and Derrickson added two more with 17 seconds left before the Hoyas closed out the 79-72 win.
Georgetown opened a 36-24 lead at the half, using a 14-2 run over a span of 5:45 to break it open. A jumper from Syracuse's Malachi Richardson gave the Orange a 6-5 lead at the 17:36 mark, but a three from Copeland (16:34) gave the Hoyas the lead right back.
SU would tie the game on free throws from Tyler Roberson at 15:41, but a layup from Hayes at 15:30 gave the Hoyas the lead for the remainder of the period. The Blue & Gray led 12-10 after a layup from Michael Gbinije, but a jumper from Hayes at the 13:37 mark triggered the mid-half run. He hit two free throws and that was followed by a jumper from Cameron and layups from freshman center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) and Campbell pushed the lead to 24-12. Free throws from Cameron at 8:08 gave GU a 26-12 lead.
The Georgetown lead was down to nine points, 28-19, after free throws from Tyler Roberson with 4:34 to play, but a 3-pointer from Cameron with 13 seconds left gave GU a 12-point lead at the break.
Georgetown shot 48.1 percent from the floor (25-of-52), hit 38.1 percent of its three-pointers (8-of-21) and was 21-of-29 from the free throw line (72.4%). The Hoyas held a 35-32 edge in rebounds, handed out 16 assists and committed 14 turnovers.
Cameron finished with nine points and two rebounds, while Campbell added six points, three assists and three steals and Govan finished with two points and four rebounds.
Georgetown is back in action on Monday, Dec. 7, hosting Ivy League foe Brown at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on FOX Sports 2, with Rick Ackerman calling the play-by-play and Ron Thompson serving as the color analyst. The game can be heard locally on CBS Sports Radio 1580 AM.