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Georgetown's Second Half Surge Leads Hoyas Past Liberty

December 3, 2018  Washington, D.C.  RSS
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Georgetown's Second Half Surge Leads Hoyas Past Liberty

Liberty's four-game winning streak came to an end Monday night, at Capital One Arena, as the Flames fell to Georgetown 88-78. The Flames fall to 7-2, while the Hoyas improve to 7-1.  

Turning Point

Liberty trailed by just two points at half (38-40). Early in the second half, the Hoyas went on an 18-2 run over the course of five minutes, creating a margin Liberty could not overcome. Georgetown controlled the glass all night, outrebounding the Flames 44-26. James Akinjo led the way for the Hoyas in the second half, scoring 14 points during the final 20 minutes.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Georgetown snapped Liberty's four-game winning streak.

  • Tonight marked the first game this season Liberty's bench did not outscore an opponent as both benches scored 27 points.

  • Darius McGhee scored a career-high and game-high 19 points, shooting 7-15 from the field.

  • Liberty forced 19 turnovers and converted the giveaways into 23 points.

  • Georgetown had three players score in double-figures led by James Akinjo with 19 points.

  • The Hoyas shot 52.7 percent (29-55) from the field, while limiting Liberty to 42.3 percent (30-71) for the game.

  • Georgetown shot 61.1 percent (11-18) from three-point range, led by Akinjo's three makes.

  • Liberty allowed Georgetown to score 15 second chance points.

  • Liberty's 13 steals were the most by the Flames against a Division I opponent this season.

  • Scottie James scored a season-high 18 points.

  • Keenan Gumbs tied his career-high with four assists.    

Thoughts from Coach McKay

"Give credit to Georgetown tonight, I thought they played really well. Despite the score in the first half, we knew that we didn't play well. What surprised me was we wilted a little in the second half and that is my job to make sure we have the toughness to endure situations like that. I knew it was going to be hard with five games in 11 days, but I want to schedule games like this because that will prepare us for conference play."

Up Next

The Flames will now have seven days off before returning to the Vines Center to take on South Carolina State on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.