Dolphins put a scare in No. 22 Georgetown, 71-62
Ben Smith
Ben Smith
For the second straight game, the JU men’s basketball team put a scare into a big name opponent.

JU (0-2) rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit, cutting the lead to four late in the game, but came up short as No. 22 Georgetown survived a scare with a 71-62 win at the Verizon Center.

Ben Smith scored a game-high 17 points, with 15 coming in the second half, leading the JU comeback.

“We played hard tonight and I really liked our effort tonight,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “There are a lot of positives for us to take out of this game, but you have to give Georgetown credit. They did the little things it takes to win games like this.”

The Dolphins absorbed a cold-shooting first half again, hitting 9-of-32 from the floor, going 1-of-11 from behind the arc.

JU was able to overcome the cold shooting first half by out scoring the Hoyas in the paint (32-28) and in second chance points (18-11). JU held a 44-37 advantage on the boards, with Marcus Allen and Ayron Hardy racking up a game-high nine rebounds.

The difference in the game came at the free throw line as Georgetown hit 24-of-33 from the stripe while JU was 13-of-19.

Trailing by 12 at the half, the Dolphins fell behind by as many as 16 early in the second stanza before starting the rally.

JU slowly chipped away, cutting the deficit to 12 before an 11-3 run, capped by a pair of Allen free throws, had the Hoyas clinging to a four-point lead with just over four minutes to go.

With the game in doubt, the Hoyas attacked the basket and went to the free throw line. Over the last four minutes, Georgetown hit 12-of-13 from the stripe to seal the win.

Allen had 14 points to join Smith as the only Dolphins in double figures.

Georgetown was led by Chris Wright’s 16 points, as he led four Hoyas in double figures.

The Dolphins return home to face Patriot League champion American on Saturday night. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.