Jan. 13, 2016
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Georgetown 93, St. John's 73
NEW YORK - Georgetown University senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) tied his career high with 33 points and the Hoyas connected on nearly 52 percent of their field goals en route to 93-73 win over St. John's at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night.
Georgetown, winners of five of its last six games, improves to 11-6 overall and 4-1 in the BIG EAST Conference, while St. John's falls to 7-11 overall and 0-5 in league play.
Smith-Rivera hit 11-of-16 shots from the field, including 5-of-8 from three-point land, to finish with 33 points, while adding six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.
He was joined in double figures by junior forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic), who scored a career-high 15 points (13 of them in the first half) and had four rebounds.
Freshman center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) scored nine points and had three rebounds, sophomore forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Brewster Academy [N.C.]) added seven points and three rebounds and senior center Bradley Hayes (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) chipped in eight points and three rebounds.
Georgetown led 45-28 at the break and out-scored SJU, 8-2, over the opening 2:20 of the second half, with Smith-Rivera hitting a pair of 3-pointers to push the lead to 53-30.
A jumper from Smith-Rivera gave GU its biggest lead, 82-55, with 5:40 left in the game. The Hoyas matched that lead with 5:02 left on free throws from Copeland (84-57). SJU pulled to within 14 points, 85-71, with 3:09 to play, but a layup from senior guard Riyan Williams (Dunkirk, Md./St. Anthony's) and a free throw from sophomore guard Tre Campbell (Washington, D.C./St. John's College HS) pushed the lead back to 17 points, 88-71, with just over two minutes left.
The Hoyas jumped out to a 17-point halftime lead, thanks in large part to the shooting of Cameron and Smith-Rivera, who combined for 26 points as the Blue & Gray connected on 51.7 percent of their field goals (15-of-29).
Georgetown took an early 5-0 lead after a jumper from Cameron and a 3-pointer from Smith-Rivera, but the lead was still only four points, 19-15, after SJU's Amar Alibegovic hit free throws with 11:15 to play. Cameron sandwiched a pair of three's around a layup from Mayes as GU used an 8-2 run to take a 27-17 lead with 9:39 left.
The lead was 27-18 when Georgetown scored eight-straight points, pushing the lead to 35-18 after back-to-back 3-pointers from Cameron and Campbell. Smith-Rivera scored six of the team's final eight points in the first half as GU went into the break ahead 45-28.
The Hoyas shot 51.9 percent from the floor (28-of-54), hit 41.7 percent of their free throws (10-of-24) and was 81.8 percent from the free throw line (27-of-33).
Georgetown returns home on Saturday to host long-time BIG EAST Conference rival Villanova at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m. The game will be shown live on CBS, with Kevin Harlan calling the play-by-play, and Bill Raftery serving as the color analyst. The game can be heard locally on 99.1 FM WNEW.