Nov. 18, 2017
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GU MBB 83, MDES 57
WASHINGTON - Behind a career-high 24 points from junior Kaleb Johnson (South Hill, Va./The Carlisle School) and double-doubles from classmates Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) and Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]), the Georgetown University men's basketball team handily defeated the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 83-57, at Capital One Arena on Saturday afternoon. For the second-consecutive game, the Hoyas had five players in double figures. The Hoyas improve to 3-0 on the season while the Hawks fall to 1-2.
Johnson stuffed the stat sheet with a team-best 24 points behind 9-of-13 shooting including 4-for-5 from beyond the arc. The junior chipped in six boards, four assists and a block in 34 minutes. It was Govan's third double-double (23P, 14R) in as many games and the first of the season for Derrickson (14P, 10R).
For the contest, Georgetown shot 51.7 percent from the field and hit 47.4 from 3-point land. The Hoyas outrebounded Maryland Eastern Shore, 48-26, and limited the Hawks to 32.3 percent shooting for the game.
Johnson led five players in double figures with his career-best 24 points, followed by Govan (23), Derrickson (14), freshman Jahvon Blair (Brampton, Ont./Athlete Institute Prep) with 12 and senior Jonathan Mulmore (New Orleans, La./Redemption Christian [Texas]/Allegany) with a career-high 10 points. Govan's 14 boards led the team, while Derrickson and Johnson chipped in 10 and six, respectively.
"I thought Kaleb had one of his best games," Head Coach Patrick Ewing said of Johnson's performance. "He played with a lot of confidence. In order for us to be good, we need him to play like that."
The first half was all Georgetown all the time as the Hoyas opened the game on a 15-2 run including the first 10 points unanswered. Johnson had the hot hand early as he matched his career high in points (16) less than 12 minutes into the frame behind a pair of treys, a quartet of layups and two free throws as he helped the Hoyas take a commanding 33-8 lead with 8:06 left on the clock.
While the GU offense was strong, it was the stifling defense that was the most impressive as the Blue & Gray held the Hawks to single-digit scoring for more than 13 minutes and 19 total points for the half. Johnson closed the stanza with one more trey and he and the junior trio of Derrickson, Govan and Johnson combined for 33 of the Blue & Gray's 40 points in the opening frame.
Coming out of the break, Derrickson got a quick bucket but it was the Hawks who would score 10 unanswered this time around, cutting the deficit to 13. Govan ended the run on a layup to give the Hoyas the 44-29 edge with 15:56 remaining.
The GU offense continued to extend the lead but it was the stops on the defensive end that would keep the Hawks down. A 3-pointer for The Shore cut the deficit to 17, 57-40 at 11:20, but it would be the last field goal for MDES for more than eight minutes as the Hoyas kept the Hawks off of their game.
While his minutes were limited to just three, freshman Chris Sodom (Kaduna, Nigeria/Tennessee Prep) provided the perfect coda to the game with a dynamic block with 32 seconds on the clock.
GU's defense held The Shore to a mere 19 points in the first half, the lowest offensive output in a half for a GU opponent since Jan. 9, 2017 when the Hoyas held St. John's to 18 points in the second half of an 83-55 home win.
Maryland Eastern Shore was led by Miryne Thomas with 16 points.
The Hoyas return to action on Saturday, Nov. 25 when they hit the road to play at Richmond. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. at the Robins Center in The River City.