The Georgetown Hoyas (2-3) earned their first home win of the season, defeating the Bryant Bulldogs (2-4) 77-47 at Verizon Center. Sophomore guard L.J Peak, who led all scorers with 20 points, brought the Hoyas’ offense to life, as it was too much for the Bulldogs to handle.
The first half started out tight, with Bryant and Georgetown trading baskets early on. The Bulldogs prevented the Hoyas from gaining a lead larger than five points for the first nine minutes of the game. Georgetown’s defense then began to take over, as it forced multiple turnovers and finished the half with five steals.
In the final five minutes of the half, the Hoyas improved their three-point shooting and started to run away with the lead. They never looked back. Senior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and sophomore forward Isaac Copeland hit back-to-back threes to make it 38-26, giving the Hoyas their largest lead of the half. After a steal by freshman center Jessie Govan with four seconds left, Copeland hit a buzzer-beating layup to make it 40-26 at the half.
Georgetown came out even stronger in the second half, picking up right where it left off. Copeland started the scoring with a three-pointer, giving the Hoyas a 17-point lead. After a small altercation between Georgetown freshman forward Marcus Derrickson and Bryant sophomore guard/forward Bosko Kostur that resulted in a double technical foul, Derrickson became more involved into the game both offensively and defensively. Derrickson finished the game 12 points and 12 rebounds, completing his first career double-double.
Not only did the Georgetown defense out-rebound Bryant, but it also held the Bulldogs to a mere 31.7 field goal percentage. The Hoyas ended the game on an 11-2 run over the last six minutes of the contest. Georgetown’s next game is against Maryland Eastern Shore (1-4) Dec. 1 at Verizon Center.