Dec. 17, 2016
Final Stats | USATSI Photo Gallery
Georgetown 78, Syracuse 71
Syracuse, N.Y. -- Georgetown junior guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) recorded his second career double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds and the Hoyas hit key free throws down the stretch en route to a 78-71 win over Syracuse on Saturday at the Carrier Dome.
It was the fifth-straight win for the Hoyas, who improve to 7-4 overall, while Syracuse falls to 6-4. The Hoyas have won the last two meetings between the teams and it was the third win in the last four trips to the Carrier Dome under Head Coach John Thompson III.
Peak finished with 23 points -- hitting 7-of-12 shots from the floor and 7-of-9 from the free throw line -- and had a career-high 11 rebounds with four assists. Graduate student Rodney Pryor (Evanston, Ill./Notre Dame Prep/Robert Morris) scored 20 points, had six rebounds and three assists, while sophomore center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) added 12 points and 10 rebo9unds for his first career double-double.
The Hoyas also had key contributions off the bench as senior center Bradley Hayes (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) added four points and four rebounds, senior forward Reggie Cameron II (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic) added two points in 12 minutes, sophomore forwardMarcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) chipped in four points, three rebounds, two assists and two blocks and Jonathan Mulmore (New Orleans, La./Allegany [Md.]) added five points, three assists and two steals.
Tied at 33-all at the break, the teams went back and forth in the opening of the second half with three ties and five lead changes.
The Hoyas broke a 42-all tie with 15:42 left with back-to-back baskets from Hayes, taking the lead for good, 46-42. Syracuse closed to within 55-54, but a 12-3 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Mulmore gave GU a 67-60 lead with 2:38 to play. GU hit 9-of-10 free throws in the final minute to seal the win.
The teams went into the half tied at 33-after a jumper from Peak with six seconds left tied the game.
A 3-pointer from Andrew White III and free throws from John Gillon gave SU an 11-4 lead as the Hoyas struggled to find their shot in the opening six minutes of the game. The SU lead was six points, 17-11, after a trey from Tyler Lydon and the Blue & Gray trailed by five points, 22-17, after a free throw from White.
The Hoyas began to warm up and -to-back 3-pointers from Pryor and Peak and free throws from Mulmore produced an 8-0 run that gave GU a 25-22 lead with 5:17 to play in the half.
From there it was back and forth with four ties over the final five minutes. The Hoyas twice took leads, with a jumper from junior forward Akoy Agau (Omaha, Neb./Omaha Central/Louisville) giving GU a 27-25 lead and a Pryor basket making it 29-27.
Georgetown returns home on Thursday, Dec. 22, hosting UNC Greensboro at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. The game will be shown live on FS1 and can be heard locally on 106.7 FM The Fan.