Second-half surge leads Georgetown past St. John's
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[January 10, 2017]
Junior guard L.J. Peak scored 16
points to pace a second-half surge as Georgetown beat St. John's
83-55 Monday in a Big East Conference contest at the Verizon Center
Graduate guard Rodney Pryor and freshman guard Jagan Mosely added 13
points each for the Hoyas (9-8, 1-4 Big East).
Sophomore forward Marcus Derrickson scored all 11 of his points in
the first half for Georgetown, which has never begun Big East play
St. John's (8-10, 2-3) lost for the 12th consecutive time on the
road at Georgetown.
The Red Storm were paced by freshman guard Shamorie Ponds with 12
points. Redshirt freshman Marcus LoVett and junior swingman Bashir
Ahmed each added 10 points for the visitors, who were an awful 5 of
30 from 3-point range.
Georgetown went on a 16-0 run to take a 63-39 lead with 9:37 left in
the game on two free throws by Mosely, who added six rebounds.
Earlier in the run, Peak had a dunk to make it 49-39 and his two
free throws made it 53-39.
Pryor, held scoreless in a loss Saturday to Butler, added a
game-high eight rebounds. The Hoyas made 27 of 33 shots from the
foul line while winning the battle of the boards 48-34.
Georgetown took its first double-digit lead with 18:14 left in the
game on two free throws by Peak to make it 47-37.
Red Storm shot 33 percent from the field and 3 of 15 (20 percent)
from 3-point range in the first half. St. John's was able to stay
close by making 12 of 15 shots from the foul line prior to
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Georgetown Hoyas guard L.J. Peak (0) passes the ball as St. John's
Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds (2) defends during the first half at
Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
The Hoyas had a 20-12 edge on points in the paint in the first half.
Georgetown led 38-30 late in the first half and took a lead of 44-37
St. John's redshirt sophomore forward Tariq Owens, from nearby
Odenton, Md., fouled out after scoring just two points.
The Hoyas were again without junior guard Tre Campbell, who is
sidelined due to an undisclosed illness. He has missed three games
Georgetown will play its third of four straight home games on
Saturday against Connecticut. St. John's will host Villanova on
Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
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