March 5, 2016
Villanova 84, Georgetown 71
Philadelphia, Pa. - Sophomore guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) scored a career-high 31 points, but it was not enough as the Georgetown University men's basketball team closed out the 2015-16 regular season with an 84-71 loss at No. 3 Villanova on Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center.
It was the team's sixth-straight loss and the ninth in the last 10 games as the Hoyas finished the regular season slate with a 14-17 overall record and a 7-11 mark in the BIG EAST Conference.
Peak hit 10-of-16 shots from the floor, including a pair of 3-pointers, and was 9-of-12 from the free throw line to finish with a game-high 31 points.
Freshman forward Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Hoyas, while sophomore forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) chipped in six points and a career-high 13 rebounds.
Senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) fouled out with three minutes left with seven points, seven assists and seven rebounds. Smith-Rivera's seven rebounds gave him 505 for his career, making him the first player in program history with at least 1,800 points, 500 rebounds and 350 assists.
The Hoyas scored the first basket of the game -- a jumper from Derrickson 33 seconds into the game -- but the Wildcats went up 9-2 before a layup from sophomore guard Tre Campbell (Washington, D.C./St. John's College HS) at 16:36. A layup from Peak made it 16-6 at the 14:25 mark, but the Wildcats scored 11-straight points to push the lead to 27-6 at 11:04. Villanova went into the half with a 46-27 lead.
The lead grew to as much as 24 points in the second half, the last on a jumper from Ryan Arcidiacono with 15:11 left that made it 57-33. The Hoyas responded with a 14-1 run and pulled to within 11 points, 58-47, on a 3-pointer from Derrickson with 8:48 to play, but could get no closer.
Georgetown plays next in the BIG EAST Tournament on Wednesday, March 9. The Hoyas start tournament play as the No. 8 seed and will play No. 9 seed DePaul at Madison Square Garden. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on FOX Sports 1, with Joe Davis calling the play-by-play and Bill Raftery serving as the color analyst.