Jan. 14, 2017
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Georgetown 72, UConn 69
WASHINGTON - Georgetown raced back from a 14-point deficit and took a late second half lead before holding on to beat UConn, 72-69, in front of more than 12,000 fans at Verizon Center Saturday afternoon.
It was the second-straight win for the Hoyas, who improve to 10-8 overall, while UConn falls to 7-10.
Junior guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) scored 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had four assists to lead the Hoyas, while graduate student guard Rodney Pryor (Evanston, Ill./Notre Dame Prep/Robert Morris) added 14 points and four rebounds and sophomore center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) finished with 15 points and seven rebounds.
Junior forward Akoy Agau (Omaha, Neb./Omaha Central/Louisville) played big minutes off the bench, adding four points and six rebounds, while freshman guard Jagan Mosely (Marlboro, N.J./St. Anthony) chipped in seven points and two rebounds and sophomore forward Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) netted eight points, six rebounds and a career-high six assists.
The Hoyas trailed by 14 points early in the second half, but rallied to tie the game at 45-all. GU pushed its lead to 51-47 on a 3-pointer from Govan with 9:15 to play, but UConn went ahead by two, 57-55, after a trey from Jalen Adams. The Hoyas responded with a 10-2 run, taking a 65-59 lead on a layup from Pryor with 3:36 left.
The lead was down to two points, 65-63, before Peak hit free throws with 1:42 left. Two more free throws from Agau with 30 seconds on the clock made it 71-67 and one of two from Govan gave the Hoyas the 72-69 lead. UConn had two chances in the final seconds, but a shot from Vance Jackson was blocked and a 3-pointer to tie the game was off the mark from Adams.
Trailing by six (33-27) at the break, the Hoyas were outscored 10-2 over the opening 4:24 of the second half and fell behind 43-29 after a layup from UConn's Rodney Purvis.
Georgetown responded with a 16-2 run over 4:06, started by a 3-pointer from Mosely and capped by treys from junior guard Jonathan Mulmore (New Orleans, La./Redemption Christian/Allegany [Md.]) and Peak to tie the game at 45-all
The Hoyas went into the half down 33-27, with free throws from Mosely with 1:16 left cutting the gap to six points. The Huskies had wrestled the lead from GU early in the first half and were up 23-22 despite a Peak layup with 6:14 to play, but used a 10-3 run to take a 33-25 lead on a 3-pointer from Jackson.
GU held a 6-5 lead after a layup from Derrickson at the 16:54 mark, but the Huskies scored six-straight points and took an 11-6 lead on a layup from Jackson. The Blue & Gray would cut the lead to one point on four occasions -- 13-12 on a Peak 3-pointer with 14:17 left, 15-14 on a dunk from Govan at 13:14, 17-16 on a Derrickson layup at the 12:28 mark and on Peak's layup with 6:14 left -- but could not get the lead.
Georgetown closes out a four-game homestand on Monday, Jan. 16, hosting BIG EAST Conference rival Providence at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for 9 p.m. and the game will be shown live on FS1, with Justin Kutcher and Tarik Turner calling all of the action. The game can be heard locally on 106.7 FM The Fan.