MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica
– The Georgetown University men's basketball team could not hold off a second half comeback from the Loyola Marymount Lions to fall 65-52 on the first day of action at the Jamaica Classic in Montego Bay. The Hoyas slipped to 3-1 on the young season as Jessie Govan
(Queens Village, N.Y. / Wings Academy) tallied his first double-double of the season as he led the team with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Loyola Marymount improved to 4-0.
Govan's 20 led a trio in double figures as Josh LeBlanc
(Baton Rouge, La. / Madison Prep Academy) added 12 and James Akinjo
(Oakland, Calif. / Salesian College Preparatory) tallied 10. Govan grabbed 11 boards to lead the squad while Jagan Mosely
(Marlboro, N.J. / St. Anthony) paced the offense with three assists. The Hoyas were held to 34.7 percent shooting on the evening.
The Hoyas got on the board first as Govan knocked down a basket inside and GU took a 6-3 lead behind buckets from Trey Mourning
(Miami, Fla. / Ransom Everglades) and Govan but LMU scored seven unanswered to take the 10-6 lead. Akinjo's jumper ended the Lion run and sparked GU's own as the Hoyas tallied eight unanswered including a pair of dunks from LeBlanc to take the 14-10 advantage. LMU managed to tie up the game but another LeBlanc bucket put the Blue & Gray back up 16-14.
As both teams struggled to find the rhythm offensively, Georgetown maintained the lead at the free throw line, knocking down its next six points from the charity stripe for the 22-20 lead. The Hoyas closed the frame on a LeBlanc dunk and a pair of Govan free throws to take the 26-21 advantage at the break.
Coming out of the break, Loyola Marymount quickly tied the game up at 26 and opened with a 15-2 run before a pair of Govan free throws and a LeBlanc jumper helped the Hoyas close to within four, 36-32. The Hoyas were unable to gel on the offensive end while Marymount continued to grab offensive rebounds and convert second chance points. The Lions strung together an 11-5 run to take its first double-digit lead. Despite Akinjo's layup, LMU retorted with a bucket of its own to spark another seven unanswered to go up by 15.
A pair of free throws and an Akinjo 3-pointer cut the deficit back to 10, 54-44, with 4:14 to play. LMU pulled ahead again on free throws but the Hoyas put together a Govan triple along with a pair of Akinjo free throws to close the gap to seven, 56-49, with less than two minutes in regulation. That was as close as the Hoyas would get as free throws dominated the remainder of the game. LMU took the 65-52 win at the final whistle.
Loyola Marymount was led by James Batemon with 27 points.
The Hoyas return to the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Sunday to face the South Florida Bulls. The game will be shown live on CBS Sports Network and tipoff is set for noon ET. The game can be heard locally on WOL 1450 AM with Rich Chvotkin in his 45th season on the call.
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