The Georgetown Hoyas got back to their winning ways with a 76-59 win over the visiting Creighton Bluejays on Saturday.
The Hoyas used a run to maneuver themselves into the driver's seat and never looked back after three 3-pointers were made by Georgetown freshmen in the early portion of the second half. Five Georgetown Hoyas wound up netting double figures on the afternoon, including center Joshua Smith who finished with a game-high 16 points. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, who was honored before the game for hitting the 1,000-point milestone, finished with just five points but was aided by fellow guard Jabril Trawick who scored 12 and added five assists.
Creighton muddied through one of their worst shooting performances of the year, shooting just 20.0 percent from downtown and 32.7 percent from the field on the whole. While their impressive free throw shooting continued on Saturday afternoon -- a 23-for-28 day from the charity stripe -- their freebies weren't nearly enough of a difference on the scoreboard. Guard Devin Brooks and center Zach Hanson tied for the Bluejay lead with 11 points.
Here are three things we learned from the Hoya win:
1. The prophecy that Creighton would falter to a hot-shooting Georgetown team was fulfilled
In our preview for the game, I said that Creighton would fall into trouble if Georgetown got hot from the 3-point line. Well, unfortunately for Creighton, in almost a mirror image of how things turned out against Providence, the Hoyas came out firing at the start of the second half. 3-pointers from L.J. Peak, Tre Campbell and Paul White in the first six minutes and 15 seconds put Georgetown ahead by nine and that proved to be a sizable enough gap for them to stay ahead of the Jays. Creighton's road woes from the 3-point line continued as they shot just 20.0 percent on 25 attempts. It could be a long season for Greg McDermott and this team if this continues to persist. And thus far, there's no indication it won't.
2. The Georgetown freshmen are ready for Big East play
The Hoyas' freshman triple threat of forwards L.J. Peak and Paul White, alongside guard Tre Campbell, blew up on Saturday afternoon at the Verizon Center as the trio combined for 37 points against their opponent. Even better, the youngins shot 14-for-20 from the field for a blistering mark of 70.0 percent on their field goal attempts, with an eFG% of 80.0 percent! These freshmen are poised for big things as conference play rolls on and could be quite the weapon for Georgetown going forward.
3. Joshua Smith did get into foul trouble, but it didn't put Georgetown into a precarious position
The Hoya big man had gotten himself into foul trouble in the last few games, and I proclaimed that it would not continue in this game. Well, I was wrong. Smith wound up getting four fouls in the game, but the difference between this game and the prior occasions was that Georgetown was able to power their way through it, and did not let it become a difference maker. Smith scored 16 points with six made free throws on eight attempts, and five made field goals on six attempts, whilst grabbing four rebounds and getting two steals. It was a good day for Smith, even with his foul issues, and an even better one for Georgetown.