Ge­orge­town’s win streak is halted with an OT set­back at home to Se­ton Hall.


The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY GENE WANG­

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.”

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