Georgetown’s win streak is halted with an OT setback at home to Seton Hall.
SETON HALL 68, GEORGETOWN 66 (OT)
Seeking to extend an upswing that had recharged its NCAA tournament aspirations, the Georgetown men’s basketball team instead took a step back with a 68-66 overtime loss to visiting Seton Hall on Saturday afternoon.
The difference was Desi Rodriguez’s floater with 1:06 left in the extra session that gave the Pirates the lead for good at 67-66. Seton Hall’s Madison Jones then sank 1 of 2 foul shots with 4.7 seconds to play, and the Hoyas’ three-game winning streak ended when junior guard L.J. Peak was unable to release a desperation heave before the final buzzer.
Peak led Georgetown (13-11, 4-7 Big East) with 18 points and seven assists but missed all four of his three-point attempts. The Hoyas went 1 for 19 (5.3 percent) from beyond the arc, their worst showing from distance this season, and shot 38 percent overall, including 1 for 6 in overtime, in front of an announced crowd of 10,142 at Verizon Center.
“I don’t know what the biggest factor is”, Georgetown Coach John Thompson III said afterward. “I mean, clearly 1 for 19 is not good. We had some guys that when you’re not shooting the ball well, you have to do other things, not just dwell on three-point shooting, but clearly 1 for 19 plays a part in it.”
Peak, Rodney Pryor and Marcus Derrickson, typically the Hoyas’ most dependable three-point shooters, combined to go 1 for 15 from beyond the arc. Georgetown’s previous low in three-point shooting percentage had come when it shot 3 for 20 in a 78-72 loss to Arkansas State on Nov. 17 at McDonough Arena.
The Hoyas also had few counters Saturday for forward Angel Delgado, who sparked Seton Hall (14-8, 4-6) with game highs of 26 points, 17 rebounds and three steals. The final steal for Delgado, the Division I leader in rebounding, came with five seconds to go in overtime as Pryor was attempting to drive to the basket.
Pryor finished with 13 points but shot 1 for 7 (14 percent) from three-point range. The graduate transfer came into the game having made a team-best 44 percent from that distance.
“We got a bit lucky with Rodney Pryor, to be honest,” said Pirates Coach Kevin Willard, whose team won a conference road game for the first time in six tries. “We try to shade to him as much as possible because he’s such a dynamic scorer. I thought the biggest difference is we got consecutive stops down the stretch, which we haven’t been able to do on the road.”
Georgetown led twice in the final 90 seconds of regulation, the second time on Peak’s pull-up jumper with 51 seconds to play. Peak had given the Hoyas a 61-59 lead on a pair of free throws before Delgado collected an offensive rebound and scored on the putback to tie.
The game, which featured 14 lead changes and nine ties, required overtime when Pryor missed a buzzer-beating shot from midcourt after Georgetown inbounded with 1.7 seconds left.
The Hoyas had erased a fivepoint deficit to draw even at 59 with 4:08 to go on a free throw from Peak. Seton Hall prospered at the free throw line itself during a burst beginning midway through the second half that yielded a 59-54 lead with 7:18 to go. The Pirates scored eight of their 10 points on foul shots over 21/2 minutes, all from either Delgado or junior guard Khadeen Carrington (16 points), who fouled out with one second to play.
Foul trouble plagued Georgetown in the second half against the Pirates. Derrickson and Govan each wound up with four, leading to reserve forward Akoy Agau (seven points, 11 rebounds, five blocks) logging extended playing time.
“We just needed a stop at the end, one thing we were kind of struggling with all game,” said Agau, whose 29 minutes matched a season high. “I think we did a pretty good job of getting the stops, but then it was getting the rebound at the end to complete the whole stop. We just let them get too many offensive rebounds, and that really hurt us.”