MEN'S BASKETBALL | St. John's Wallops GU
Published: Sunday, February 16, 2014
Updated: Monday, February 17, 2014 14:02
Georgetown dug itself into a massive hole early against St. John’s on Sunday night and could not recover, ultimately falling to the Red Storm, 82-60.
The Hoyas (15-10, 6-7 Big East) had routed the Johnnies (17-9, 7-6 Big East) 77-60 in Washington on Jan. 4, but St. John’s had other ideas Sunday, with freshman guard Rysheed Jordan scoring the game’s first seven points.
Georgetown was unable to score for the first 6:18 of the first half, and to make matters worse, junior center Mikael Hopkins picked up two fouls in the early minutes of the game.
Although the Hoyas eventually found their rhythm after the Johnnies' 15-0 start, they finally lost their handle on junior guard D’Angelo Harrison, who was held to just four points in the teams’ January meeting.
During their four-game winning streak, the Blue and Gray had excelled at drawing fouls and limiting the number of fouls they committed.
On Sunday, however, the wheels came off. The Hoyas committed 12 fouls in the first half alone, as Hopkins collected three and junior guard Jabril Trawick two.
With Hopkins benched, senior center Moses Ayegba struggled to hold the line inside, and St. John’s made Georgetown pay by shooting nearly 70 percent from the field in the first half.
Despite trailing 46-28 at the half, Georgetown doubled down on its guard play — which paid immediate dividends.
Back-to-back scores by Trawick and senior guard Aaron Bowen with 10:49 left in the game cut the lead to seven, but Harrison and Jordan responded every time the Hoyas threatened to get closer.
A three from sophomore guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera cut the lead to eight at 65-57 with 6:56 to go, giving the Hoyas their last and best chance to reclaim the advantage.
But the momentum was halted when Trawick received a technical foul — part of a double technical with St. John's sophomore center Chris Obekpa — with 6:11 left in the game. The technical was Trawick’s fifth foul, and the Hoyas were not the same without the junior.
Georgetown did not make another field goal in the contest and hit just three free throws in the final four minutes. The result was a 13-1 run that took the Johnnies' lead from eight to an insurmountable 20 in the game’s final stretch.
Jordan and Harrison finished the game with 24 points a piece for the Red Storm. Smith-Rivera was Georgetown’s leading scorer with 15 points. Senior guard Markel Starks and Trawick had 13 points each.
Seemingly on a tightrope over its NCAA tournament hopes, Georgetown will face Seton Hall on Thursday night in Newark, N.J. Tipoff for the game — to be televised on the CBS Sports Network — is 9 p.m.