Feb. 10, 2015
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NEWARK, N.J. - Georgetown broke an early second half tie and used a 25-9 run to take a 16-point lead en route to an impressive 86-67 win over Seton Hall in front of 8,357 at Prudential Center Tuesday night.
The win improves Georgetown's record to 16-8 overall and 8-5 in the BIG EAST, while Seton Hal falls to 15-9 overall and 5-7 in the league.
Junior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) scored a game-high 23 points, had four rebounds, two assists and a career-high five steals, while freshman forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Bridgeton Academy [N.H.]) had a career-high 20 points and eight rebounds as three Hoyas reached double figures in scoring and 11 different players scored at least one point. Senior guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) added 12 points, four rebounds and tied for a team-high with three assists.
The Hoyas finished the game shooting 52.5 percent from the floor (32-of-51), including 57.1 percent in the second half (16-of-28), were 8-of-19 from 3-point land (42.1%) and hit 77.8 percent of their free throws (14-of-18). The Blue & Gray handed out 18 assists and had nine players with at least one assist.
The first half was a swing of runs as the Hoyas jumped out to a 27-7 lead early in the game only to go into the break leading by five points, 43-38. Just over a minute into the second half, 3-pointers from Brandon Mobley and Sterling Gibbs tied the game at 44-all.
That was as close as the Pirates, who never had the lead in the game, would get. Smith-Rivera, who has scored at least 20 points six times this season, hit one of his three 3-pointers on the next possession to give GU a 47-44 lead and the Hoyas never looked back. That was the start of a 9-0 spurt as Copeland hit three-straight jumpers, giving the Hoyas a 53-44 lead. Copeland followed with a 3-pointer at the 14:13 mark to make it 56-46, converted a three-point play and then assisted a dunk from freshman forward Paul White (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) to give the Hoyas a 61-46 lead.
A 3-pointer from Smith-Rivera capped a 25-9 run over 9:57 and gave Georgetown a 69-53 lead with 8:14 on the clock The Hoyas took their biggest lead, 82-59, on a layup from Trawick with 2:54 left in the game.
The Hoyas opened the game up by scoring the first eight points - a layup from senior center Joshua Smith (Kent, Wash./Kentwood/UCLA) followed by 3-pointers from Trawick and Copeland - in the first 1:24 of the game. After Seton Hall cut the lead to 11-4, Georgetown scored 11-straight points and took a 22-4 lead on a jumper from Copeland.
Georgetown's lead grew to 20 points, 27-7, after a conventional three-point play from senior guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]) with 11:30 to play in the half, but Seton Hall made a run. An 11-2 burst, capped by free throws from Angel Delgado, cut the GU lead to 29-18 with 8:43 to play.
Smith-Rivera hit a jumper to give GU a 31-18 lead with 7:57 to play before the Pirates went on a 13-4 spurt and pulled to within four points, 35-31, on free throws from Isaiah Whitehead. Georgetown used an 8-2 spurt, capped by a layup from Smith-Rivera, and pushed the lead back to double digits, 43-33, before Seton Hall scored the final five points to cut the lead to five points at the break.
Georgetown is off for a week before returning to BIG EAST Conference play on Tuesday, Feb. 17, hosting long-time rival St. John's at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on FOX Sports 1, with Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery calling all of the action. The game can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.