Dec. 4, 2016
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Georgetown 77, Elon 74
WASHINGTON -- Georgetown took an 11-point lead in the second half, connected on more than 70 percent of its shots during the final 20 minutes, and held on to beat Elon, 77-74, in the BB&T Classic on Sunday afternoon at Verizon Center.
It was the third-straight win for the Hoyas, who improved to 5-4 overall, while Elon falls to 6-2.
Graduate student Rodney Pryor (Evanston, Ill./Notre Dame Prep/Robert Morris) led the way with a game-high 23 points and five rebounds, while junior guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) scored 21 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had three assists and sophomore center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) chipped in 13 points and three rebounds.
The Hoyas led by 11 points (52-41) in the second half and were up eight, 76-68, after a 3-pointer from junior guard Tre Campbell (Washington, D.C./St. John's College HS) with 2:36 left in the game, but Elon got free throws from Brian Dawkins and a jumper from Dmitri Thompson to cut the lead to 76-72 with 46 seconds to play.
Peak hit a free throw with 23 seconds left to push the lead to 77-72 before a layup from Luke Eddy make it 77-74. The Hoyas missed the front end of a one-and-one with seven seconds left, but Elon could not get a shot off as the Blue & Gray came away with the win.
Tied at the half, the Hoyas used a big run at the start of the second half, with five different players scored during a 16-5 surge, capped by a block by junior forward Akoy Agau (Omaha, Neb./Omaha Central/Louisville) that led to a Pryor dunk, pushing the lead to 52-41 with 15:22 to play. Elon would narrow the gap to two points, 54-52, on a 3-pointer from Damian Swoope, but Peak responded with his own trey and Pryor hit a jumper to push the lead to seven points, 59-52, with 10:33 left.
After trailing by as many as 10 points in the first half, the Hoyas used a late spurt to close the half and tie the game, 36-36, on a Peak steal and layup with 18 seconds left.
The Phoenix led from the start and opened an eight-point lead, 19-11, after a jumper from Sheldon Eberhardt with 12:28 remaining in the opening 20 minutes. The Hoyas pulled to within five points, 19-14, after a layup from Peak, but an 8-3 run pushed Elon's lead to 27-17 on a dunk from Dmitri Thompson with 7:32 left to play.
GU scored nine-straight points and pulled to within 27-26 on a Pryor layup, but the Phoenix came right back and got it back to six points, 34-28, on a layup from Karolis Kundrotas. Four different players scored over the final 1:45 -- free throws from Agau and Pryor and a layup from Govan -- as Peak's basket tied the game at the break.
The Hoyas finished the game shooting 53.8 percent from the floor (28-of-52), including 28.6 percent from 3-point land (4-of-14) and 70.8 percent from the free throw line (17-of-24). Elon held a 36-32 advantage on the boards, while GU handed out 13 assists, with 10 turnovers.
Georgetown is back in action next Saturday, playing LaSalle in the Hoophall Invitational on Saturday, December 10 at American Airlines Arena in Miami.