The Georgetown Hoyas picked up their second victory over a former Big East foe of the season on Saturday, as they defeated the UConn Huskies, 72-69, at the Verizon Center.
Georgetown trailed by as many as 14 early in the second half, but used a HUGE Rodney Pryor dunk to spark a 16-2 run to grab the lead. The teams battled for the final 15 minutes, trading buckets, but the Hoyas ultimately held on.
The Hoyas were led by LJ Peak’s 21 points. Peak also led the squad with seven rebounds. Rodney Pryor added 14 points.
UConn’s Jalen Adams led all scorers with 22 points and nine assists in the loss.
The Hoyas (10-8) will welcome Providence to the Verizon Center Monday night as part of the Big East Marathon.
Three Things We Learned
Still Peak and Pryor
As mentioned above, LJ Peak and Rodney Pryor accounted for nearly half of Georgetown’s points. On the season, Peak and Pryor have combined for 44% of Georgetown’s total points. It’s nice that those two are able to score at a high level, but it’s evident how much the Hoyas would benefit from a consistent third scoring option.
UConn is now 7-10 on the season, and the road to the NCAA Tournament looks to be an even steeper upward incline. Jalen Adams and Rodney Purvis are both good players, but it’s clear that this UConn team has been decimated to the point of no return by injuries. I shudder to think what their record would be if they played in the Big East.
The Hoyas Are Resilient
It would have been easy for Georgetown to fold when it became a 14 point deficit. It looked like that was going to happen, as the Hoyas looked lost before the Pryor dunk. Credit to John Thompson, his staff, and the Hoyas players for keeping their composure and chipping away at the lead.