Nov. 15, 2016
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WASHINGTON - Four Hoyas scored in double-figures but the Georgetown University men's basketball team couldn't hold off a last minute comeback in a 76-75 loss to visiting Maryland in the second annual Gavitt Tipoff Games at Verizon Center on Tuesday night. The Hoyas fall to 1-1 with the loss, while the Terrapins improve to 2-0.
Junior guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) scored 21 points to lead the Hoyas, while graduate transfer Rodney Pryor (Evanston, Ill./Notre Dame Prep/Robert Morris) added 14 points and six rebounds. Sophomore center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) had 12 points and three rebounds while junior forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft/Brewster Academy [N.H.]) recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Coming out of the locker room at halftime knotted up at 31-31, Georgetown and Maryland traded leads and ties 11 times over the first 10 minutes of the frame before a pair of Peak free throws sparked a 13-6 run to put the Blue & Gray ahead, 49-47, at the 10:10 mark en route to a 60-53 lead.
The Hoyas would hold that advantage for more than 10 minutes, leading by as many as nine points with 2:21 to play, before the Terrapins would begin to mount their comeback.
Chipping away at the GU lead, Maryland converted on eight free throws in the final two minutes of action to stay alive down the stretch. Trailing by one, Melo Trimble was fouled on a 50/50 lob pass to the backcourt with seven seconds remaining and hit both subsequent free throws. Georgetown had one last chance, but Jagan Mosely's (Marlboro, N.J./St. Anthony's) floater in the final seconds was knocked away.
The game went into the half tied at 31-all thanks to a pair of free throws from junior guard Jonathan Mulmore (New Orleans, La./Redemption Christian/Allegany [Md.]) with 38 seconds left. There were six ties and six lead changes in an opening 20 minutes that saw 29 fouls called.
Maryland took its biggest lead of the opening half, 14-7, on a pair of free throws from Ivan Bender at the 12:34 mark to cap a 10-4 Maryland run. The Hoyas responded with an 11-0 run of their own with free throws from Copeland giving GU an 18-14 lead with 8:07 to play in the half. The Terps followed with a 7-2 run and took a 21-20 lead on a 3-pointer from Justin Jackson. The Hoyas had the lead back with 4:56 left on a trey from Copeland but eight-straight points from Maryland gave the visitors a 29-24 lead.
Trimble led Maryland with a game-high 22 points, Justin Jackson had 17 points and seven rebounds while Anthony Cowan added 11 points to go with five assists and five rebounds.
Georgetown is back in action on Thursday, Nov. 17, hosting Arkansas State at McDonough Arena. Tipoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. and the game will be shown live on FS1, with Brandon Gaudin and Ron Thompson calling all of the action.