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January 18, 2014

Another blown lead, another loss

January 19, 2014 - Georgetown's Hoyas took another one on the chin today, falling to Seton Hall 67-57 at Verizon Center. The game continues a troubling trend, blowing a halftime lead.

This time, G'Town, up 10 very early in the second half, lost the lead with 9:23 to go, being outscored 17-9 the rest of the way. All seven of Georgetown's points during that period were from the free throw line; the Blue and Grey would not score a field goal to close the game.

Last week, an 80-67 loss at Xavier saw a similar occurrence as the Hoyas blew a 17 point lead. Mirroring today was also an end of game scoreless period, then a 16-0 drought over close to the last seven minutes.

Junior forward Mikael Hopkins was a bright spot for Georgetown, leading John Thompson III's team and the game with 15 rebounds, while also adding 11 points. Hopkins would score the team's first six points of the game. Thompson shared afterward his team "wasted" what was likely Mikael's best effort as a Hoya.

Senior wing Aaron Bowen finished with 13 points and seven rebounds after starting the game as a reserve, but being inserted into the second half's first lineup.

Starting sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera was the only other Hoya in double figure scoring with 14 points, also adding four rebounds and a team high five assists. His first string backcourt mate, senior Markel Starks logged nine points.

Down nine at intermission, senior wing Fuquan Edwin led the Seton Hall charge, scoring 19 of 24 points in the second stanza, including 4-8 three pointers then. Joining him in double figure scoring were senior center Eugene Teague (10 points, nine rebounds) - returning to action today after injury - and sophomore guard Sterling Gibbs, the latter finishing with 11 points and a game tops nine assists.

In the decisive second half, Georgetown, now 11-6 overall, 3-3 in the BIG EAST managed an abysmal 23.1% field goal mark, 1-11 (9.1%) from three point land. Conversely the Pirates (11-7, 2-3) finished 52.4% from the floor and 62.5% beyond the arc in the last 20 minutes.

Overall Seton Hall shot 39.2% in total, 55% on threes. The Hoyas logged 34% for the field in the final tally, sinking 22.2% of three balls.

Up next for the reeling Hoyas is Marquette, who G'Town hosts January 20th at 9p. Seton Hall next plays this upcoming Thursday, traveling to St. John's.

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