The Georgetown Hoyas (15-8, 5-5) beat the Providence Friars (13-10, 3-7) on Wednesday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, completing the sweep for the Hoyas after losing 8 straight before this season. With both teams starting slow shooting, the game came down to Georgetown’s diversity of offensive weapons with all five starters scoring double figures, and Kaleb Johnson scoring 9 points in 12 minutes.
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Freshman Josh LeBlanc had 17 points with 11 rebounds and Georgetown defeated Providence 76-67 on Wednesday night to sweep the season series...
Georgetown dominated the boards with a 50-33 rebounding advantage and outshot the Friars 44 percent to 37 percent. Georgetown made 7 of 18 3-pointers compared to Providence’s 4 of 22.
Josh LeBlanc is a walking double-double and Patrick Ewing has Georgetown on the rise in the Big East. Hoyas beat Providence at Providence. Never a doubt.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) February 7, 2019
Pickett played one of his best games this season, going 4-for-4 from behind the arc, racking up 12 points, double his season average. McClung also had a good overall game in the wake of his four-point performance at Villanova. The rookie put up 13 points, five rebounds, six assists and two steals. Perhaps the biggest factor in the win was freshman forward Josh LeBlanc. He collected 17 points—his second highest scoring total after his 22-point performance in the blowout win over Howard (10-13, 4-4 MEAC) earlier this season—to go along with 11 rebounds and two blocks.
Particularly impressive for the Hoyas were a pair of freshmen — guard Mac McClung (13 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) and springy forward Josh LeBlanc (17 points, 11 rebounds). As was the case with DePaul’s athletic forward Paul Reed this past Saturday, LeBlanc gave Providence all sorts of issues with his athleticism and energy. Georgetown punished Providence on the glass, 50-33.
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The Hoyas kids gave coach Patrick Ewing a little bit of everything. While second-leading scorer James Akinjo (10 points) was held in check most of the night, his backcourt mate stepped up. Mac McClung, a YouTube dunking sensation, threw one slam down, totaled 13 points, dished for five assists and grabbed six rebounds.
Josh LeBlanc, a third freshman, was the most active frontcourt player in the game with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
“The freshmen are growing and getting better each time they step on the floor,” said Ewing. “James, he did a lot of the little things to help. Josh, he was a monster on the glass.”
Georgetown's rankings after last night's win at Providence— Bobby Bancroft (@BobbyBancroft) February 7, 2019
Hoyas are probably two wins away from really being on the bubble
Win their next two and Georgetown would host Villanova in a HUGE game with a ton on the line
[Video] Despite 22 points from junior Alpha Diallo, who surpassed the 1,000 career mark on Wednesday night, the Providence Friars dropped to 3-7 in Big East play with a 76-67 loss at home to the Georgetown Hoyas
When Georgetown’s Jamorko Pickett banked in a three with 12 minutes left, PC trailed 50-43. In no time flat, the deficit became a dozen (57-45) with nine minutes left. There appeared to be life after Diallo scored coming out of a timeout and Reeved buried a three that brought PC to within seven (57-50), but then the teams began trading baskets. That’s never a good thing for the team that’s doing the chasing as PC’s quest to narrow the gap continued to come up empty.
Among a stretch where Providence didn’t make a field goal for more than 5 minutes, Georgetown got up by 12. Diallo scored out of the under-8 media timeout and Reeves got on the board with about 7:30 to go to bring some life into the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, but the Hoyas didn’t let that last long. Just as Providence’s offense started to wake up their defense didn’t lock up. The teams largely traded baskets over the final several minutes and Providence never got closer than 7 over the final 8 minutes of the second half. The Friars went more than 3 minutes between field goals from 4:26 until 1:01.
Get the brooms out! Your Georgetown Hoyas beat the Providence Friars at the Dunkin' Donuts Center for the first time since 2012 and in doing so, completed a season sweep of the Friars. Game recap here ⬇️https://t.co/NseuBIPZqd— Thompson’s Towel (@ThompsonsTowel) February 7, 2019
All 5 starting players for Georgetown reached double figures in scoring as the Hoyas shot 44.1% from the field. Star center Jessie Govan rebounded nicely from his goose egg against Villanova by adding 13 points, 7 rebounds, two steals, and one block.
Georgetown opened the game incredibly aggressive on the defensive end of the court. Jamorko Pickett continued his confident play early in this contest, hitting two quick three-point shots and attacking the hole off the dribble. More importantly, Pickett frustrated Alpha Diallo...
McClung was 5-for-12 from the field and 2-for-3 from the foul line, while committing two turnovers. His dunk with 1:14 remaining in the first half put the Hoyas ahead to stay.
The six rebounds were a season-high for the 6-foot-2 freshman guard, while the five assists matched his top total thus far.
The first half of the Providence College Friars game with the Georgetown Hoyas at the Dunk was an old school “rock fight.”
The Friars shot just 30 percent from the field and 1-9 from behind the 3-point line.
Providence’s woeful effort from 3-point land certainly played a part. The Hoyas held them to 4-for-22 from deep, and conversely shot 7-for-18 from the perimeter. Naturally, the difference in the game was nine points, and there was a three-shot difference in 3-pointers. Not to say that it made the WHOLE difference, but they certainly could’ve seen a swing if they had knocked down a couple more treys.
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GU didn’t wobble down the stretch on Wednesday against the Providence Friars. It slightly enlarged its lead heading into the final two minutes and won comfortably, 76-67. Georgetown led by seven points with just over six minutes left. Past weeks and past years might have suggested that such a lead was supremely tenuous. On Wednesday, Georgetown locked down Providence’s ragged offense and pushed its advantage to 12 with 1:55 left. This comes a few weeks after the Hoyas survived a late-game road test at St. John’s, a team which stole a road win in D.C. earlier in January.
Every Big East team has now played exactly 100 games in league play since conference realignment prior to the 2013-14 season.— (@mjdemarinis) February 7, 2019
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