Not even a 31-point effort from Bryce Cotton would be enough to upend the Georgetown Hoyas on this night.
Georgetown (15-9, 6-6) held Providence to just 37.5 percent shooting as the Hoyas walked out of the Verizon Center with a 83-71 win. It was the Hoyas 4th straight victory, their first win over a conference opponent with a winning record, and a far cry from Georgetown’s 5-game losing streak that was in full swing just a few weeks ago.
The Hoyas jumped out to a 27-15 lead with under 8 minutes to play in the first half. Providence responded by finishing the half on a 25-5, a run that included 19 points from Cotton. The Friars led 36-32 at the half.
In the second half, Providence appeared to be pulling away after a pair of Bryce Cotton free throws gave the Friars a 7-point lead, it’s biggest of the game.
Markel Starks immediately responded with a 3 for Georgetown with 10:17 left cutting Providence’s lead to 4. Starks finished with 14 points, but shot just 2/10 from 3.
From that point on though, it was all Hoyas. Georgetown outscored the Friars 36-17 over the final 10 minutes to pull away.
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera was the leading scorer for the Hoyas in this one with 22 points on 7/10 shooting.
Bench scoring played a major role with the Georgetown bench outscoring the Friars bench 20-4. Jabril Trawick provided the Hoyas with a much needed spark off the bench scoring 12 points. The Friars bench failed to make a mark on the game.
Providence will be looking to snap its 3-game losing streak on Saturday with a home tilt against DePaul.
Georgetown will travel to Madison Square Garden to take on the St. John’s Red Storm who are coming off an upset over #12 Creighton last Sunday.