Feb. 6, 2016
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NEWARK, N.J. -- Georgetown used a late run to pull within two points with five minutes left in the game, but the Hoyas could not capitalize on late chances and the Pirates scored seven-straight points and held on for a 69-61 win at the Prudential Center Saturday night.
It is the third-straight loss for the Hoyas, who fall to 13-11 overall and 6-5 in the BIG EAST, while Seton Hall improves to 17-6 overall and 7-4 in league play.
Sophomore forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Brewster Academy [N.C.]) scored 18 points to lead the Hoyas, while sophomore guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) added 17 points and senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) added 11 points.
Seton Hall had taken a 48-41 lead but the Hoyas cut the margin to two points, 56-54, on a jumper from senior center Bradley Hayes (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) with 5:08 to play. Isaiah Whitehead hit a 3-pointer to extend the Pirate lead to 59-54, and the Pirates hit four more free throws to extend the lead nine points, 63-54.
The Blue & Gray cut it to seven points, 63-56 on a Peak layup, but the Pirates hit four of six free throws in the final minute to seal the win.
Georgetown trailed by one (30-29) at the break and a tip-in from Isaiah Whitehead extended Seton Hall's lead to 32-29, but a layup from Copeland, sandwiched around jumpers from Smith-Rivera, gave the Hoyas a 35-33 lead with 16:33 on the clock. The Pirates used an 11-3 run and took a 44-38 lead on a free throw from Khadeem Carrington with 12;56 left. After Smith-Rivera's jumper gave the Hoyas the lead, the Hoyas went 5:38 without a field goal until a jumper from freshman forward Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) with 9:37 to play that cut it to 48-43.
Georgetown went into the half trailing by one point, 30-29, after a late run from Seton Hall gave the hosts the lead. The Pirates had used an 11-2 run to take a 30-27 lead on a jumper from Angel Delgado with 2:48 to play, but a pair of free throws from Smith-Rivera with 57 seconds on the clock cut the lead to one going into the break.
The teams went back and forth over the opening 10 minutes, with four ties and four lead changes, but the Hoyas used a 10-2 run -- keyed by consecutive 3-point field goals from Peak -- and took a 25-19 lead on free throws from freshman center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) with 7:39 left to play. Seton Hall responded with its 11-2 run late in the half and went into the break up one.
Georgetown has a short turnaround, returning to the nation's capital tonight and hosting longtime BIG EAST Conference rival St. John's (7-17, 0-11) on Monday, February 8 at Verizon Center. Tipoff at Verizon Center is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on FOX Sports 1, with Rich Ackerman calling the play-by-play and Bill Raftery serving as the color analyst. The game can be heard locally on 106.7 FM The Fan WJFK.