WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Doug McDermott had his second straight double-double (22 points & 12 rebounds) and moved into ninth on the NCAA's all-time scoring list, but it wasn't enough as Georgetown upset the No. 13 Creighton men's basketball team, 75-63, on Tuesday night at Verizon Center in Washington D.C.
Creighton lost its second straight and fell to 23-6 (13-4 BIG EAST), while Georgetown improved its at-large NCAA Tournament case by improving to 17-12 (8-9 BIG EAST).
Creighton scored on the first possession of the game, an Ethan Wragge three-pointer, but that would be its only lead of the game. The Hoyas responded with seven straight points. Creighton played would tie the game at 9-all and 11-all, only to watch the hosts pull away. Jabril Trawick drained a pair of three-pointers before seven points from D'Vauntes Smith Rivera helped the Hoyas to a 24-19 lead. The margin reached double-figures at 34-23 on an alley-oop to Trawick with 4:07 left in the first half, and was 42-28 at the break to rank as CU's largest halftime deficit of the season.
Smith-Rivera had 13 points at the break while Trawick added 10 more for GU, which shot 61.5 percent in the half. Creighton was paced by eight first half points from Austin Chatman.
Creighton relied on seven consecutive points from Doug McDermott to get within 51-41with 12:53 left, only to watch Smith-Rivera drain a back-breaking trey with 12:36 to play and return the margin to 13.
McDermott later drained consecutive triples to trim GU's margin to nine at 59-50 with 8:05 left, and to 61-55 with 5:02 to go on another three-pointer by McDermott. A triple by Grant Gibbs cut CU's deficit to 63-58 with 2:11 left, and he'd add another trifecta with 1:29 left to trim the margin to 66-61 with 1:29 to go. But Georgetown ran down the clock and made its biggest hoop of the night, a lay-in by senior Aaron Bowen, and the lead went back to seven. Creighton would get no closer.
McDermott led Creighton with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Gibbs (17) and Chatman (14) also reached double-figures. CU shot 39.7 percent for the game, including 34.5 percent from three-point range, and also made 7-of-12 free throws.
Georgetown was led by 18 points from Smith-Rivera, 17 by Starks, 15 from Trawick and 10 by Hopkins. Starks added a career-high 11 assists, while Mikael Hopkins tied his best with five blocks. Smith-Rivera added a double-double with 12 rebounds, as well. Georgetown shot 54.0 percent from the floor and sank 14-of-21 free throws. The Hoyas won the battle of the boards 33-30 and outscored CU 32-22 in the paint.
Creighton will host Providence on Saturday at 7:07 pm in a game televised nationally by CBS Sports Network. McDermott, Gibbs, Wragge and Jahenns Manigat will be honored after the game as part of Senior Day.
NOTES: Doug McDermott moved into ninth in NCAA history on the all-time scoring list, passing Danny Manning, on a score with 15:45 left in the second half. He now owns 2,566 career points ...Among those in attendance were BIG EAST commissioner Val Ackerman and NCAA President Mark Emmert ...D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had his first career double-double ...Creighton had just one turnover in the second half.
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