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Georgetown rallies past former Big East rival UConn 72-69

WASHINGTON (AP) This wasn't your father's or older brother's Connecticut-Georgetown matchup. The former Big East rivals and past national champions are in separate leagues, though that's been true since 2013. But both perennial national powers have records hovering around the .500 mark, and that's new and jarring.

Yet any members of the national television audience checking out the Huskies and Hoyas for the first time this season might not have known much had changed.

L.J. Peak scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half and Georgetown overcame a 14-point deficit for a 72-69 win over former Big East rival Connecticut on Saturday.

Jesse Govan had 15 points and Rodney Pryor 14 for the Hoyas (10-8).

Trailing 59-58, Georgetown scored the next seven points with Pryor's layup putting the Hoyas up 65-59 with 3:29 remaining. The Huskies (7-10) missed three shots and two potential game-tying 3-pointers over the final 14 seconds.

Georgetown has won two in a row. That second straight win seemed unlikely as Connecticut turned a 33-27 halftime lead into a possible blowout at 43-29 early in the second half.

''Just to relax,'' Georgetown coach John Thompson III said of what turned out to be a winning message for his team. ''We were making some poor decisions on the offensive end, which led to easy baskets for them in transition.''

Jalen Adams scored 17 of 22 points for the Huskies in the second half, but missed a 3-pointer with four seconds remaining. Connecticut had won two straight.

''He's our best player,'' Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie said. ''That's the shot we wanted. That's the shot we drew up.''

Georgetown's best player against Connecticut was Peak. The junior wing scored the Hoyas' final basket with 44 seconds left for a 69-65 lead after he grabbed Georgetown's third offensive rebound of the possession.

''L.J. Peak played like a man today,'' Ollie said.

Both teams had recent four-game losing streaks, but entered the 66th all-time meeting - and second since Connecticut left the Big East in 2013 - coming off wins.

Pryor's ferocious one-handed lob dunk and a collective 3-point shooting barrage fueled a 19-3 run midway through the second half. Georgetown made 6 of 12 from beyond the arc in the second half after shooting 2 of 11 before halftime.

Georgetown leads the series 36-30. The original reunion plan involved two games. That's over. We'll see if the series is.

''In a perfect world we aren't playing a nonconference game at this time of year,'' Thompson said. ''That being said, looking down at the other end and seeing Connecticut is a good thing. ... If you're going to have a tough out-of-conference game, that's an opponent that we want.''

BIG PICTURE

UConn: The Huskies have yet to win three in a row this season, but they did get Adams' high scoring back. The sophomore scored his most points since tallying 27 against Oregon on Nov. 23. He had 11 or fewer points in four of the previous five games. As for the loss, Adams said, ''I think we get up sometimes and kinda get complacent and don't play with that same edge that we start the game off with.''

Georgetown: Beating the Huskies likely won't move the RPI needle come Selection Sunday, but the Hoyas have enough high-impact matchups remaining on their schedule to move onto the NCAA Tournament bubble. Six games against currently ranked opponents remain.

UP NEXT

UConn: Back to conference play as the Huskies visit SMU on Thursday.

Georgetown: The Hoyas wrap up their four-game homestand and head-to-head regular-season series with Providence Monday. The Friars won 76-70 in Providence on Jan. 4.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by L.J. Peak 2.0
  Jalen Adams missed 3-pt. jump shot 4.0
  Jalen Adams missed 3-pt. jump shot 4.0
  Offensive rebound by Connecticut 8.0
  Vance Jackson missed layup, blocked by Akoy Agau 10.0
  Offensive rebound by Vance Jackson 12.0
  Vance Jackson missed 3-pt. jump shot 14.0
+ 1 Jessie Govan made 2nd of 2 free throws 22.0
+ 1 Jessie Govan made 2nd of 2 free throws 22.0
  Jessie Govan missed 1st of 2 free throws 22.0
  Personal foul on Rodney Purvis 22.0
Team Stats
Points 69 72
Field Goals 23-51 (45.1%) 24-55 (43.6%)
3-Pointers 8-18 (44.4%) 8-23 (34.8%)
Free Throws 15-19 (78.9%) 16-20 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 26 36
Offensive 2 10
Defensive 21 24
Team 3 2
Assists 15 16
Steals 3 4
Blocks 6 4
Turnovers 9 9
Fouls 19 18
Technicals 0 0
22 PTS, 4 REB, 9 AST
21 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo Connecticut 7-10 333669
home team logo Georgetown 10-8 274572
Team Stats
away team logo Connecticut 7-10 73.8 PPG 39.5 RPG 12.8 APG
home team logo Georgetown 10-8 79.5 PPG 42.8 RPG 16.4 APG
Key Players
4
J. Adams G 16.9 PPG 4.0 RPG 3.4 APG 48.7 FG%
00
L. Peak G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Adams G 22 PTS 4 REB 9 AST
L. Peak G 21 PTS 7 REB 4 AST
45.1 FG% 43.6
44.4 3PT FG% 34.8
78.9 FT% 80.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Adams 22 4 9 7/14 3/5 5/6 1 40 0 1 3 0 4
V. Jackson 13 1 3 5/9 3/5 0/0 4 36 1 0 1 1 0
K. Facey 10 6 2 3/4 0/0 4/5 3 34 1 1 1 1 5
R. Purvis 9 2 1 4/12 1/5 0/0 3 32 0 0 2 0 2
A. Brimah 3 3 0 0/1 0/0 3/4 5 6 0 1 1 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Adams 22 4 9 7/14 3/5 5/6 1 40 0 1 3 0 4
V. Jackson 13 1 3 5/9 3/5 0/0 4 36 1 0 1 1 0
K. Facey 10 6 2 3/4 0/0 4/5 3 34 1 1 1 1 5
R. Purvis 9 2 1 4/12 1/5 0/0 3 32 0 0 2 0 2
A. Brimah 3 3 0 0/1 0/0 3/4 5 6 0 1 1 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Enoch 7 1 0 2/6 0/0 3/4 2 27 1 2 1 0 1
C. Vital 5 3 0 2/5 1/3 0/0 1 17 0 0 0 0 3
J. Durham 0 3 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 8 0 1 0 0 3
T. Larrier - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Foxen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Noyes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Diarra - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Gilbert - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Aiyegbusi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Lomotey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 69 23 15 23/51 8/18 15/19 19 200 3 6 9 2 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Peak 21 7 4 7/15 2/5 5/5 2 37 1 0 2 2 5
R. Pryor 14 4 1 6/11 2/4 0/2 1 37 0 2 1 1 3
M. Derrickson 8 6 6 3/10 1/7 1/2 4 31 0 0 2 2 4
J. Mosely 7 1 2 2/5 1/1 2/2 3 20 1 0 0 0 1
B. Hayes 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Peak 21 7 4 7/15 2/5 5/5 2 37 1 0 2 2 5
R. Pryor 14 4 1 6/11 2/4 0/2 1 37 0 2 1 1 3
M. Derrickson 8 6 6 3/10 1/7 1/2 4 31 0 0 2 2 4
J. Mosely 7 1 2 2/5 1/1 2/2 3 20 1 0 0 0 1
B. Hayes 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Govan 15 7 1 5/8 1/2 4/5 1 28 1 1 3 0 7
A. Agau 4 6 1 0/1 0/0 4/4 3 15 0 1 1 4 2
J. Mulmore 3 1 1 1/4 1/3 0/0 3 15 1 0 0 1 0
T. Campbell 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 1
K. Johnson 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
R. Cameron II - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Mourning - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hines - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Muresan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 72 34 16 24/55 8/23 16/20 18 200 4 4 9 10 24