While Georgetown came up short in a 73-69 loss to the visiting Providence Friars on Saturday, junior Jessie Govan surpassed a major milestone in his Hoyas career.
Govan joined the 1,000 career point club at Georgetown when he sank a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 5:25 remaining in the second half against Providence to pull the Hoyas to within 66-62. Govan finished the afternoon with 20 points, going 8 for 15 from the field.
The Queens Village, NY native, who is now the 47th player in program history to score at least 1,000 points, leads the Hoyas this season in both scoring and rebounding with averages of 16.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per contest..
“It’s an honor to be able to get to 1,000 points,” Govan said about becoming part of the exclusive club.
“There’s a lot of great names on that list from the Sleepy Floyds and Patrick Ewings to the LJ Peaks. I wish my team would have won but getting a 1,000 points is definitely a goal I had. In the beginning of the season I saw that it was something realistic, something that was doable and I’m glad I was able to do it.”
While getting to 1,000 points was clearly realistic, Govan had to improve his game and scoring output to do so.
Coming into his third season, Govan was averaging 8.4 points per game and had scored 20 or points just five times.
After scoring 20 points against Providence, Govan has scored at least 20 points in a game eleven times this season while doubling his average.
Having already surpassing 500 career rebounds earlier in the year, Govan is now the 20th player in Georgetown history to both score over 1,000 points and grab at least 500 rebounds. Govan is just the second player to join that list this decade (D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, 2016).
With at least three games remaining, Govan is on pace to become the first Hoya since Mike Sweetney in the 2002-03 season to average a double-double for an entire campaign.
Georgetown (15-12, 5-11) hosts Marquette on Monday at 7pm on FS1 in the final home game of the season.