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Georgetown avoids upset against Appalachian State

Things were close for a while, but Hoyas pulled out an 83-73 victory.

NCAA Basketball: Maryland - E. Shore at Georgetown Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Georgetown Hoyas got back in the win column Tuesday night as they took down the Appalachian State Mountaineers, 83-73, at Capital One Arena.

It was an unexpectedly back-and-forth affair for the majority of the evening, as no team had a double-digit lead until Georgetown’s in the final minute.

The Hoyas were led by James Akinjo, who recorded his ninth double-digit scoring performance of the season with a team-high 17. Akinjo was a force for the Hoyas, as he also hauled in six rebounds in his game-high 34 minutes of action.

Jessie Govan struggled with foul trouble, and recorded just eight points and five rebounds.

Would you like to guess who led Georgetown in rebounds? Well, you know it wasn’t Govan. Take a guess!

That’s right. It was JOSH LEBLANC! Why isn’t he starting? Why is he coming off the bench. There’s no good reason for this to still be happening. He also had ten points for his second double-double of the season.

Casual Hoya wrote an incredible piece on this very situation the other day. I hoped Ewing would read it and adjust accordingly. He did not.

It’s hard to harp on it too much in a victory, but this sort of thing could be the difference between an NCAA Tournament bid, an NIT bid, and another barren postseason for the Hoyas. It matters and it needs to be addressed.

Mac McClung and Greg Malinowski also had double-digit points for the Hoyas with 14 and 11, respectively.

Ronshad Shabazz led the way for Appalachian State with 20 points.

Georgetown will host Little Rock on Saturday before breaking for the holiday.