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St. John’s 86, Georgetown 80: Not The Best Week Ever

NCAA Basketball: Georgetown at St. John Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

A few days removed from losing their first ever regular game season to DePaul, Georgetown came out and committed turnover after turnover in losing to St. John’s 86-80 on Saturday afternoon.

That’s right. Georgetown lost to DePaul and then St. John’s. Back to back.

Rodney Pryor led the Hoyas (14-15, 5-11) with 22 points while LJ Peak added 20 as Georgetown lost its third straight game to remain all alone in ninth place in the BIG EAST.

St. John’s (13-16, 7-9) avoided the season sweep at the hands of the Hoyas in large part to turning around their performance from deep. In the first meeting, a decisive Hoyas win, St. John’s went 5 for 30 from 3-point range. Led by Shamorie Ponds 24 points, St. John’s shot better than 50 percent from beyond the arc.

Coach John Thompson III and the Hoyas would have to win their final two games to avoid a second consecutive losing season. The last Hoyas coach to have back-to-back losing seasons was some guy named John Magee back in the 1970-71 and 71-72 seasons. He was fired after the 1972 season and replaced by John Thompson Jr.

In a season of making changes, Kaleb Johnson replaced Marcus Derrickson and responded with a season high 11 points before fouling out late in the game. The switch resulted in Georgetown’s eighth different starting lineup this season while Johnson became the tenth different Hoya to start at least once.

The Hoyas finished with 22 turnovers - 15 of those were committed by the starters with Peak leading the way with six. Georgetown lost despite shooting 53 percent from the field, thanks in large part to their mistakes.

Jessie Govan added 13 points as the Hoyas fell to 10-3 when their Big Three of Peak, Pryor, and Govan all hit double-figures.

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Enjoy the rest of your Saturday!