Hoyas Hold Off Dukes, 61-55, in Progressive Legends Classic
Nov. 11, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. - D'Vaun Smith-Rivera scored 19 points as Georgetown survived a late Duquesne rally to defeat the Dukes, 61-55 in the first round of the Progressive Legends Classic at Verizon Center.
Sean Johnson scored a game-high 21 and added eight rebounds for Duquesne which dropped to 0-2. Jerry Jones added 10 points and tied his career high with eight boards. Mikael Hopkins scored 10 of his 13 in the second half for the 1-0 Hoyas.
Duquesne, down 11 with under four minutes to go, made it a one possession game on a Jerry Jones 3-pointer from the left corner with 32 seconds left.
DU, which was under the limit, fouled three times to get Jabril Trawick to the foul line. Trawick missed the front end of a one-and-one, but Georgetown's Greg Whittington- who finished with a game-high 15 boards - pulled down the rebound and was immediately fouled. Whittington made both free throws to give the Hoyas a 58-53 lead.
Derrick Colter, who finished with seven points and five assists, was whistled for a charge and Smith-Rivera was immediately fouled and made both free throws to up the lead to seven.
The Dukes turned it over again and Smith-Rivera added another free throw before Jeremiah Jones hit a driving layup for the final margin.
"We talked about trying to outrebound them by one each half," said Duquesne head coach Jim Ferry. "In the first half we were even on the glass and in the second half we got outrebounded by four. Nothing was more crucial than that free throw rebound when we were down three. I gotta see it again on tape. I thought our guys made an effort but it might have been their length and size or not. That was a crushing blow right there."
Duquesne shot 35.6 percent including 4-of-24 from the 3-point arc. Georgetown shot 41.2 percent and went 6-of-16 from 3-point.
There were two ties and two lead changes with neither team leading by more than six until Whittington hit a 3-pointer with 2:45 left in the first half. Martins Abele cut it to six with a short jumper at the 55 second mark to make it 27-21 at intermission.
Smith-Rivera did not miss a shot in the first half, going 5-of-5 with four 3-pointers.
Duquesne went 2-of-14 from the 3-point arc in the opening 20 minutes.
Johnson scored five and Derrick Colter added a jumper cut it to one at 29-28 two minutes into the second half.
DU trailed by two before missing five consecutive shots as Georgetown put together an 8-0 run behind five points from Hopkins to make it 45-35.
Jerry Jones ended the drought with back-to-back fast break layups to cut the lead to six. Georgetown answered with two straight baskets - the second of which was a Markel Starks 3-pointer that gave the Hoyas a 50-39 lead with 6:07 left.
Johnson scored five consecutive points, the last three coming on a traditional three-point play to make it 54-50 with 2:26 left.
Starks scored on a backdoor layup before Jerry Jones cut it to three.
Duquesne returns to action on Nov. 19 as host of the four-team Pittsburgh subregional of the Progressive Legends Classic. The round robin format will feature 4:30/7:00 p.m. doubleheaders on consecutive days from Nov. 19-21. The Dukes will take on James Madison on the 19th, North Dakota State on the 20th and Youngstown State on the 21st. DU will play in the late game all three nights.
Sean Johnson, who scored 14 of his 21 in the second half, went 8-of-8 from the foul line ... all eight free throw attempts came in the second 20 minutes ... Johnson, who converted a pair of traditional three-point plays, also had 8 boards.
Jerry Jones tied his career high with 8 rebounds.
Duquesne had 16 turnovers, Georgetown had 17 ... the Hoyas outscored the Dukes 21-13 off turnovers.