Georgetown 61, Duquesne 55
Sunday, November 11, 2012 6:30 PM
Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia
Bill McCarthy, Gary Prager, Ron Tyburski
Final Scoring Summary
Georgetown 61, Duquesne 55: Freshman D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored a team-high 19 points after making his first six shots from the field as the Hoyas held off a late rally from the visiting Dukes.
Mikael Hopkins had six of his career-high 15 points during an 8-0 run that gave Georgetown (1-0) a 45-35 lead with 9:24 remaining. Duquesne pulled within 56-53 on a Jeremiah Jones 3-pointer with 30.4 seconds left, but Greg Whittington grabbed his 14th rebound and made two free throws to stall the comeback.
Sean Johnson recorded 21 points and nine rebounds to lead Duquesne (0-2), which was picked last (16th) in the Atlantic-10 preseason poll. The Dukes went just 4-for-23 from 3-point range.
Otto Porter, who is Georgetown’s leading returning scorer, was poked in the eye in the first half and played just six minutes without scoring. He did not return for the second half.
Duquesne jumped to an early 8-3 lead. Georgetown responded with five 3-pointers – four by Smith-Rivera – to grind out a 27-21 halftime lead. The Dukes were held to 2-of-14 from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Georgetown had 17 turnovers, 10 in the second half. … Smith-Rivera would have been 5-of-5 behind the 3-point arc in the first half, but the halftime buzzer beat his release of a shot by a fraction of a second. … Duquesne still leads the all-time series 10-4.