Georgetown continued their hot streak Saturday afternoon with a 87-82 victory over the UNCW Seahawks for their fifth consecutive win and sixth in their last seven games.
The Hoyas, now 6-3, are getting hot as BIG EAST play looms after a slow start to the year in which they were 1-3. They haven't looked back since and will welcome a dangerous Monmouth team to D.C. this coming Tuesday. For now, John Thompson III's club can bask in the sunlight as they have steadily improved as the month of December has worn on.
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera led Georgetown with 29 points on the afternoon.
Here's what we learned from this matchup.
1. Marcus Derrickson is a 3-point threat
The freshmen are at it again on The Hilltop. Marcus Derrickson is shooting the daylights out of the ball, especially so from long range. The freshman from Bowie, Maryland improved his 3-point shooting on Saturday afternoon with a brilliant performance from the perimeter. Derrickson scored all of his 15 points from the 3-point arc, going 5-for-7. The youngster was terrific against UNCW and was perhaps one of the best on the floor on Saturday for the Hoyas. He's on a heck of a pace thus far, and will only improve as time goes on.
2. Jessie Govan is ahead of the curve
Another freshman highlight for Georgetown Saturday was the play of Jessie Govan. Off the bench, Govan went to the line six times and made all six of his free throw opportunities. He finished with eight points, grabbed nine rebounds and had four blocked shots on the afternoon. The CBS Sports Network crew pointed out that he may be better, at this stage, than former Hoya big man Roy Hibbert. As our friends at 247Hoyas chimed in, it's hard to argue.
3. The Hoyas just keep winning, baby
As pointed out in the preview, it's imperative for Georgetown to keep winning at this stage of the season as conference play looms. And thus far, since starting 1-3, that's all they keep on doing. And the best thing is that Georgetown continues to do so by double digits. They were given a scare by UNCW this afternoon, shying away from the usual of late, but were able to elude defeat anyway. That's all you can ask for if you're a Hoyas fan at this point. A win is a win, as they say.