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Early season reminder that ‘threes’ are the name of the game...

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Georgetown holds off Central Connecticut State 85-78 | FOXSPORTS

Govan was 10 of 13 from the field including two 3s. James Akinjo made all eight of his free-throw attempts and finished with 13 points for Georgetown (2-0), which made 11 3-pointers. Jamorko Pickett added 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting from long range. Trey Mourning also chipped in 12 points.

Ian Krishnan made six 3-pointers and scored 28 points to lead Central Connecticut State (1-1). Tyler Kohl made four 3s and added 19 points. The Blue Devils were 12 of 25 from long range.

Georgetown holds off Central Conn. behind Jessie Govan, Jamorko Pickett | WASHINGTONPOST

Pickett’s goal this season was to become a more well-rounded player. Over the summer he worked on ballhandling and attacking the rim. “I improved a lot,” Pickett said after the season opener. “I took more threes than I should have, but they were good shots, shots that I know I could knock down. But my game has definitely improved a lot. I can rebound more, attack the basket, make smart decisions coming off screens.”

At 6-foot-8 and with his shooting talent — it helps that he added muscle in the offseason — Pickett has the potential to be a difference-maker. Blue Devils Coach Donyell Marshall compared Pickett to the type of player he was at Connecticut: “He’s very difficult because you don’t have a lot of guys that size. Even in the Big East, you don’t have guys like that playing the three.”

Men’s basketball improves to 2-0 after a win over Central Connecticut | GEORGETOWNVOICE

“They got hot,” Govan said. “They just started hitting threes. A lot of momentum, momentum plays, that they made.”

After Central Connecticut once more drew to within a possession, making it 70-67 on two free throws with 4:03 left, the Hoyas iced the game with a 9-0 run, bookended by threes from Pickett. Pickett, who finished with 12 points on 4-7 shooting from three point range, earned high praise from Ewing.

In particular, Ewing singled out the Washington, D.C., native’s attitude and defense. “[Pickett] played great. He showed me today that he’s grown. In practices and games last year, he’d put his head down and pout. This is his best defensive effort,” Ewing said.

Govan also singled out Pickett, mentioning his defense on Kohl. “I thought [Pickett] did a good job defending Kohl. Last game he had 30 and 10, so it was a big matchup,” Govan said.

Georgetown (2-0) Table
Basic Box Score Stats
Starters MP FG FGA FG% 2P 2PA 2P% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Jessie Govan 32 10 13 .769 8 10 .800 2 3 .667 4 7 .571 3 5 8 1 3 3 0 0 26
James Akinjo 32 2 10 .200 1 5 .200 1 5 .200 8 8 1.000 0 3 3 7 1 0 4 1 13
Trey Mourning 32 4 7 .571 4 6 .667 0 1 .000 4 5 .800 3 3 6 2 1 1 4 3 12
Jamorko Pickett 30 4 7 .571 0 0 4 7 .571 0 0 0 5 5 1 1 1 0 4 12
Matthew McClung 24 2 10 .200 2 5 .400 0 5 .000 0 0 1 0 1 4 2 0 2 2 4
Reserves MP FG FGA FG% 2P 2PA 2P% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Jahvon Blair 18 3 8 .375 0 1 .000 3 7 .429 0 2 .000 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 9
Josh LeBlanc 16 1 2 .500 1 2 .500 0 0 2 2 1.000 0 2 2 2 1 1 1 0 4
Kaleb Johnson 10 1 2 .500 0 1 .000 1 1 1.000 2 2 1.000 3 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 5
Greg Malinowski 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
School Totals 200 27 59 .458 16 30 .533 11 29 .379 20 26 .769 10 22 32 21 10 6 13 10 85
Provided by CBB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 11/11/2018.

Late Surge Propels Georgetown Past Central Connecticut State | BIGEASTCOASTBIAS

Krishnan continued his hot shooting in the second half and Tyler Kohl joined the action. The duo hit four 3-pointers apiece, scoring 16 and 15 points in the half, respectively. The Blue Devils remained within striking distance throughout the second half, keeping the game within single digits despite allowing Georgetown to shoot 54 percent from the field...

It was a tough day at the office for the Georgetown freshman backcourt duo of Mac McClung and James Akinjo. McClung shot 2-of-10 from the field, including 0-of-5 from deep, and turned the ball over twice. Akinjo also shot 2-of-10 from the field, but his perfect 8-of-8 performance from the charity stripe helped him reach double digits. He recorded seven assists and four turnovers.

Kaleb Johnson made his season debut tonight after missing Tuesday’s game with a sore lower leg. But the Hoyas were without Jagan Mosely, who did not dress due to shoulder soreness. Jahvon Blair stepped up in Mosely’s absence, scoring nine points in 18 minutes.

Georgetown holds off Central Connecticut State | REUTERS

Georgetown led by as many as 13 in the first half and was up 37-26 at halftime but had to fend off Central Connecticut State. Krishnan had 16 of his career-high 28 in the second half when the Blue Devils got within two before the Hoyas pulled away. Georgetown seemed comfortably ahead when Govan hit a jumper to make it 52-41 midway through the second half, but Central Connecticut State didn’t go away. Kohl hit two 3-pointers to get the deficit to five, and after the Hoyas pushed the lead to eight, the Blue Devils chipped away again.

Karrington Wallace, who scored 12 points, hit a layup and two free throws to make it 57-53 and Jahvon Blair and Kishnan traded 3-pointers that made it 60-56 with 7:22 left. The Hoyas led by five again before Krishnan hit one of his six 3-pointers to make it 64-62 with 5:42 left.