Jan. 23, 2016
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UConn 68, Georgetown 62
Hartford, Conn. - Georgetown used a second half run to take a four-point lead with six minutes left, but UConn outscored the Hoyas 12-2 over the final minutes and hung on for a 68-62 win at the XL Center Saturday afternoon.
The loss drops Georgetown's record to 12-8 overall, while the Huskies improve to 14-5 overall. It was the first meeting between the longtime BIG EAST Conference rivals since a 79-78 Hoya win at UConn during the 2012-13 season.
Junior forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic) scored 13 points to lead the Hoyas, while senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) scored 12 points and had six assists, and sophomore guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) added 12 points and three boards off the bench. Senior center Bradley Hayes (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) added nine points and nine rebounds.
The Hoyas trailed by eight early in the second half, but quickly got back into it during a wild second half with five ties and four lead changes. Trailing 56-54 with 8:38 to play after two free throws from UConn's Sterling Gibbs, GU used a 6-0 mini-run to take a 60-56 lead after a 3-pointer from Cameron and a jumper from Hayes with six minutes on the clock.
The Blue & Gray still led, 62-60, after a jumper from Smith-Rivera with 4:32 to play, but that was the team's last basket and UConn took the lead for good on free throws from Phillip Nolan (2:44) and extended it to three points, 65-62, on a Shonn Miller layup with 2:11 left.
Georgetown had trailed by seven points (40-33) at the break and fell behind by eight after a Gibbs free throw early in the second half. Three 3-pointers -- two from Smith-Rivera and one from Peak -- cut the UConn lead to 43-42 with 16:01 on the clock.
The Huskies pushed their lead back to five points, 47-42, before Georgetown responded with a 9-2 run and took a 51-49 lead after a dunk from freshman center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) with 11:19 to play in the game. Tied at 51-all after a pair of Gibbs free throws, Hayes converted a conventional three-point play to put GU up 54-51. UConn would take a 56-64 lead after free throws from Gibbs, but the Hoyas used a 6-0 run and took a 60-56 lead on a jumper from Hayes with 6:02 to play, setting up the dramatic finish.
The Hoyas took an early lead after baskets from Hayes and Cameron to start the game and led 9-4 after a 3-pointer from Smith-Rivera with 15:38 to play. The Georgetown lead was four points, 11-7, after a jumper from Cameron with 15:09 to play, but UConn went on a 7-0 run and took a 14-11 lead on a dunk from Rodney Purvis at 12:54. A layup from Derrickson and a dunk from Peak gave the Hoyas a 15-14 lead at 11:42 before back-to-back 3-pointers from Purvis and Daniel Hamilton put the Huskies up 20-15. The Blue & Gray tied it again, this time at 20-all after a jumper from Cameron and a trey from Peak with 9:08 left in the half.
Cameron's three with 8:10 left tied the game at 20-all and a conventional three-point play from Derrickson with 7:43 left knotted the game at 26-all. UConn used a 14-7 run over the final minutes and took a 40-33 lead on a pair of Gibbs free throws with four seconds left.
Georgetown returns home on Tuesday, Jan. 26, hosting Creighton in a BIG EAST Conference game at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. The game will be shown live on FOX Sports 1 and can be heard locally on 106.7 FM The Fan WJFK.