‘Brilliant Way To Finish: Trawick and Adams help Hoyas knock off Seton Hall on Senior Day
On Senior Day and the last game of the regular season, the Georgetown men’s basketball team (20-9, 12-6 Big East) took down the Seton Hall (16-14, 6-12 Big East) 73-67 in an emotional battle witnessed by 14,392 fans at Verizon Center.
After missing the past three seasons due to a heart condition, senior Tyler Adams started the game for the Hoyas and dunked on the first possession as the Pirate defense laid off to allow the big man to score.
“Honestly I was thinking about what move I was going to do, but the Seton Hall Coach, I thanked him after the game made it a lot easier for me,” Adams said. Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III noted the “class” of Seton Hall’s decision to let Adams score.
Throughout the rest of the game, the Pirates continued to hang around, though they never were able to take the lead from the Hoyas.
Senior guard Jabril Trawick led the way for Georgetown with a career-high 19 points as junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera sat out with a knee injury. Freshman Tre Campbell filled Smith-Rivera’s role in the starting line up and came out with a hot start.
“They are actually a little bit quicker [with Campbell in the starting line up],” Seton Hall Head Coach Kevin Willard said. “Campbell has a little bit more of a motor. I think the difference is with D’Vauntes [Smith-Rivera], he puts a little bit more pressure on you at all times, where I think they tried to go much more inside today.”
Georgetown led by as many as nine in the first half, and Campbell led the Hoyas in scoring at the break with nine points. A 10-2 Pirate run late in the half cut the Hoyas’ lead to one, but Georgetown ended the half with its own 7-0 run to extend the lead to eight. Seton Hall’s bench did not score in the first half, and the Pirates hurt themselves only shooting 1-of-8 from the line.
The Hoyas started the second half right where they left off with nine quick points off two three-pointers from freshman Isaac Copeland and Trawick and a three-point play from freshman LJ Peak. The Hoyas extended their lead to 18 with a little more than seven minutes to go. The Pirates got within six with two minutes to play, but Georgetown held on to finish with the victory.
12 of Trawick’s 19 points came in the second half, and the senior often served as an emotional spark for the team. The Hoya’s shot almost 60% from the floor in the second period and hit 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, two of which came from Trawick.
“[Trawick’s] performance today was needed,” Thompson said. “He played like a senior on a team whose key guy was out and I’m glad he’s with us. Let’s just say that.”
The Pirate’s bench picked up some of the slack in the second half with freshman Khadeen Carrington scoring 10. Junior guard Sterling Gibbs hit five threes and scored 22 on 8-of-14 shooting for the day, however, Seton Hall’s poor free throw shooting, 7-of-17, and 15 turnovers proved to the be the difference for Georgetown.
“Their zone hurt us a little bit. They did a good job getting in on [Sterling] Gibbs. They are a good defensive team. They’ve been playing a lot of zone, I think their length is tough.” Willard said. “I think we made a decent adjustment in the first half. We missed our free throws, and that hurt us.”
With the win on Saturday, the Hoyas secured the No. 2 seed in next week’s Big East Tournament at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The Blue and Gray will play the winner of Wednesday’s night matchup between DePaul (12-19, 6-12 Big East) and Creighton (13-18, 4-14 Big East) on Thursday night. Tip-off is slated for 7:00p.m.