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These two teams last met on January 12 in the nation’s capital, when the Hoyas managed two buzzer-beaters at the end of regulation and the first overtime period, respectively. They did so en route to a 96-90 victory in double OT. Jessie Govan posted a career-high 33 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while James Akinjo and Mac McClung, the two late-game heroes, also scored in double figures. For the Friars, Alpha Diallo and Nate Watson combined to score 45 points.
The visitors will hope that Govan can replicate his career-best form on the heels of a Sunday’s scoreless outing against the Villanova Wildcats. Akinjo led the Hoyas in that one with 19, but it was largely a day to forget. Despite holding the Wildcats to 29 percent shooting from beyond the arc, the Hoyas couldn’t find their own shooting stroke, managing to shoot just 34 percent from floor. If there was one positive takeaway, it was ball security, as they committed just six turnovers in 40 minutes of action.
Similarly, shooting woes plagued Providence in their last game, a double-digit defeat to the DePaul Blue Demons in Chicago. The Friars made just 28.6 percent of their field goals but were boosted by a fantastic 16-for-18 shooting from the charity stripe. Diallo and David Duke scored 15 and 17 points, respectively, but no other Friar could muster more than seven. Whereas Georgetown’s silver lining came in the form of limiting its turnovers, Providence’s came in their ability to force turnovers. Ed Cooley’s club forced 21 turnovers, but couldn’t capitalize on the offensive end.
Against a Georgetown team which boasts a starting backcourt of two freshmen who, at times, have committed turnovers in large quantities, this ability could prove pivotal.