Jan. 5, 2016
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OMAHA, Neb. - Georgetown came back from a 10-point deficit in the first half and led in the early portion of the second half, but Creighton used a 10-0 run to take the lead for good as the Hoyas lost their first BIG EAST Conference game of the season, 79-66, at Century Link Center Tuesday night.
The loss ends a three-game win streak for the Hoyas, who fall to 9-6 overall and 2-1 in league play, while Creighton improves to 11-5 overall and 2-1 in the league.
Senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) scored 17 points and had seven assists to lead Georgetown, while freshman center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) had a career-high 17 points and six rebounds.
Georgetown trailed 38-36 at the break -- the first time GU had trailed at the break in a road or neutral game this season -- but quickly took the lead back after baskets from senior center Bradley Hayes (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) and sophomore guard Tre Campbell (Washington, D.C./St. John's College HS).
A 3-pointer from Smith-Rivera at the 16:28 mark gave the Hoyas a 43-40 lead, one they would hold over the next six minutes. GU led 45-42 after a Hayes jumper and after the game was tied at 48-all, Govan hit a trey to take a 51-48 lead. A layup from sophomore guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) with 11:24 to play gave the Hoyas a 53-52 lead and another three from Govan gave the Hoyas a 56-53 lead with 10:57 to play in the game. That's when Creighton went on a 10-0 run to take a 63-56 lead on a layup from Zach Hanson with 8:01 remaining.
A layup from Smith-Rivera -- Georgetown's first basket in 3:19 -- cut the lead to 63-58 and a dunk from junior forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic) made it 63-60, but Creighton's Maurice Watson hit a three to push the lead to 66-60 and the Hoyas would not get any closer.
The first half was a battle from long distance as the team's combined for 13 3-point field goals, eight from Georgetown and five from Creighton. The Hoyas led 10-9 at the 15:57 mark after a Smith-Rivera trey and were down 14-13 after another one from the senior guard with 14:15 to play.
Trailing 19-16 after a 3-pointer from Govan, Creighton outscored the Hoyas 10-3 over a span of 1:34 and took a 29-19 lead on a trey from Isaiah Zierden with 10:14 to play in the half. The Blue & Gray chipped away as a three from Peak and a basket from Govan cut the lead to 29-24 before Creighton pushed the lead back to nine points, 36-27, with 5:40 to play. The Hoyas used a 9-0 run over 3:11 and tied the game at 36-all on a Govan layup before going into the break down two, 38-36, after a layup from Geoffrey Groselle.
Georgetown returns home on Saturday, Jan. 9 to host BIG EAST Conference rival DePaul at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for noon. The game will be shown live on FOX Sports 1, with Tim Brandon calling the play-by-play and Ron Thompson serving as the color analyst. The game can be heard locally on 99.1 FM WNEW.