Freshman forward Paul White flashed to the high post and senior center Josh Smith planted himself on the low block as Georgetown (10-5, 2-2 Big East) trailed by one in the final minute in Providence (13-4, 3-1 Big East), but neither one was given the opportunity to give the Hoyas a precious lead. Instead, Georgetown’s guards passed the ball around the perimeter, failing to pierce the Friars’ zone defense before junior guard and co-captain D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera’s three point attempt from 30 feet out hit nothing as the shot clock violation horn sounded.
Thanks to transition buckets and offensive rebounding, the Hoyas were able to come back in the second half and force overtime, but the lack of offensive fluidity against the Providence zone proved lethal as Georgetown fell 60-57, its second conference loss on the road this season in as many attempts.
The Hoyas started the game flat and found themselves trailing 7-3 after four turnovers and two missed layups in the first four minutes. Head Coach John Thompson III calmed the storm at the under-16 timeout, however, and freshman forward L.J. Peak, who finished the game with six points on three for ten shooting, dunked to tie the game at nine with 12 minutes to play in the first half. Then, Thompson III paired his veteran leaders Smith and Smith-Rivera with freshman Peak, White, and forward Isaac Copeland in an effort to solve Providence’s zone, but the Hoyas could not find offensive rhythm at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Continue reading