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Freshman Akinjo leads Georgetown past Illinois 88-80

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Freshman James Akinjo had 19 points, including a key 3-point play, and seven assists, Jamorko Pickett blocked a shot in the closing seconds and Georgetown beat Illinois 88-80 on Tuesday night.

Akinjo sank a floater in the lane with 39 seconds left and was fouled, making the free throw to extend Georgetown's lead to 84-80. Illinois nearly turned it over, called a timeout and then had back-to-back shots blocked by Jessie Govan and Pickett. Govan made two free throws at the other end and Jagan Mosely added two more on their next possession to seal it.

Freshmen were the story for Georgetown (3-0). Josh LeBlanc had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Mac McClung had a steal and reverse dunk on a breakaway to cap a 9-2 run for a 75-72 lead with just under five minutes left.

''This game showed that our team has heart,'' Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing said. ''It was a hard fought game and we could've easily have given up but we kept fighting `til the end.''

Georgetown won for the second time in six meetings against Illinois.

Illinois freshman Ayo Dosunmu had three 3-pointers and 25 points. Andres Feliz had 13 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals for Illinois (1-1). Freshman forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili added 12 points.

GAVITT TIPOFF GAMES

The game was part of an annual early-season series played between the Big Ten and Big East conferences, named in honor of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Dave Gavitt.

BIG PICTURE

Georgetown faced its most hostile nonconference environment since Ewing took over last season. The Hoyas' freshmen didn't seem to care, accounting for 61.3 percent their points.

Illinois was without starting point guard Trent Frazier. The sophomore is averaging 10 points and seven assists, after leading all Big Ten freshmen last season in scoring, assists, steals and 3-pointers during conference play.

UP NEXT

Georgetown: The Hoyas play Loyola Marymount, of the West Coast Conference, on Friday in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in the Jamaican Classic. Austin Peay, Campbell, Central Connecticut, Florida A&M, Ohio, and South Florida round out the bracket.

Illinois: The Illini will travel to Hawaii on Thursday in preparation for the Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center. Illinois will face No. 3 Gonzaga on Nov. 19. ... It was Illinois' last game at the State Farm Center until Nov. 25.

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Key Players
J. Akinjo
T. Frazier
1 G
25.0 Min. Per Game 25.0
10.0 Pts. Per Game 10.0
7.0 Ast. Per Game 7.0
1.0 Reb. Per Game 1.0
34.5 Field Goal % 40.0
25.0 Three Point % 33.3
100.0 Free Throw % 0.0
  Defensive rebound by Jagan Mosely 5.0
  Aaron Jordan missed 3-pt. jump shot 7.0
+ 1 Jagan Mosely made 2nd of 2 free throws 13.0
+ 1 Jagan Mosely made 1st of 2 free throws 13.0
  Personal foul on Alan Griffin 13.0
  Lost ball turnover on Ayo Dosunmu 15.0
+ 1 Jessie Govan made 2nd of 2 free throws 19.0
+ 1 Jessie Govan made 1st of 2 free throws 19.0
  Personal foul on Andres Feliz 19.0
  Defensive rebound by Jessie Govan 19.0
  Giorgi Bezhanishvili missed layup, blocked by Jamorko Pickett 21.0
Team Stats
Points 88 80
Field Goals 34-61 (55.7%) 31-67 (46.3%)
3-Pointers 6-18 (33.3%) 6-19 (31.6%)
Free Throws 14-16 (87.5%) 12-17 (70.6%)
Total Rebounds 39 26
Offensive 10 8
Defensive 27 16
Team 2 2
Assists 15 17
Steals 5 13
Blocks 6 3
Turnovers 22 14
Fouls 16 24
Technicals 1 0
19 PTS, 3 REB, 7 AST
25 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Georgetown 3-0 394988
home team logo Illinois 1-1 374380
Team Stats
away team logo Georgetown 3-0 79.5 PPG 42.8 RPG 16.4 APG
home team logo Illinois 1-1 72.7 PPG 36.1 RPG 13.5 APG
Key Players
3
J. Akinjo G 13.4 PPG 2.9 RPG 5.2 APG 36.5 FG%
11
A. Dosunmu G 13.8 PPG 4.0 RPG 3.3 APG 43.5 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Akinjo G 19 PTS 3 REB 7 AST
A. Dosunmu G 25 PTS 1 REB 1 AST
55.7 FG% 46.3
33.3 3PT FG% 31.6
87.5 FT% 70.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Akinjo 19 3 7 6/11 0/2 7/7 3 36 1 0 5 0 3
J. Govan 11 6 2 4/7 1/2 2/2 2 32 0 0 0 0 6
J. Pickett 5 6 0 2/4 1/2 0/2 4 15 0 3 3 1 5
T. Mourning 3 5 1 1/3 0/1 1/1 2 27 0 1 5 1 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Akinjo 19 3 7 6/11 0/2 7/7 3 36 1 0 5 0 3
J. Govan 11 6 2 4/7 1/2 2/2 2 32 0 0 0 0 6
J. Pickett 5 6 0 2/4 1/2 0/2 4 15 0 3 3 1 5
T. Mourning 3 5 1 1/3 0/1 1/1 2 27 0 1 5 1 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. LeBlanc 14 7 0 7/9 0/0 0/0 0 21 1 2 2 4 3
M. McClung - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Blair 11 1 0 4/5 3/4 0/0 1 13 0 0 2 0 1
K. Johnson 6 2 0 2/3 0/0 2/2 0 7 0 0 0 2 0
J. Mosely 4 1 0 1/3 0/1 2/2 1 11 1 0 1 0 1
G. Malinowski 3 3 1 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 10 0 0 1 0 3
G. Muresan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Yurtseven - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Carter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 88 37 15 34/61 6/18 14/16 16 172 5 6 22 10 27
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Dosunmu 25 1 1 9/15 3/4 4/4 2 33 2 0 4 0 1
K. Nichols 13 5 3 6/12 0/2 1/2 5 29 1 1 1 1 4
A. Feliz 13 5 5 6/13 0/2 1/2 3 29 3 1 4 1 4
G. Bezhanishvili 12 5 4 5/11 1/3 1/2 4 31 1 0 3 4 1
A. Jordan 1 3 2 0/4 0/3 1/2 4 23 2 0 0 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Dosunmu 25 1 1 9/15 3/4 4/4 2 33 2 0 4 0 1
K. Nichols 13 5 3 6/12 0/2 1/2 5 29 1 1 1 1 4
A. Feliz 13 5 5 6/13 0/2 1/2 3 29 3 1 4 1 4
G. Bezhanishvili 12 5 4 5/11 1/3 1/2 4 31 1 0 3 4 1
A. Jordan 1 3 2 0/4 0/3 1/2 4 23 2 0 0 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Williams 11 0 2 3/4 1/2 4/5 2 29 4 1 0 0 0
A. Griffin 3 2 0 1/4 1/3 0/0 1 10 0 0 1 2 0
T. Jones 2 3 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 8 0 0 0 0 3
A. De La Rosa 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 2 6 0 0 1 0 0
T. Underwood 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
D. Cayce - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Oladimeji - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Frazier - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Griffith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Kane - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Higgs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 80 24 17 31/67 6/19 12/17 24 200 13 3 14 8 16