WASHINGTON, D.C. – Playing in front of a crowd that featured Michael Jordan, Alonzo Mourning, Otto Porter Jr., Jeff Van Gundy, and Dikembe Mutumbo, Jacksonville University matched Georgetown point-for-point in the second half of Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing's coaching debut. The Dolphins ultimately fell to the Hoyas, 73-57.
Jacksonville and Georgetown again had to adjust to each other to start the second half; JU forced two misses and a turnover from the Hoyas, and Georgetown forced two misses and blocked a third shot by the Dolphins. But the Hoyas again opened the scoring for the period, this time on a driving layup that put GU up 18, 38-20, with 17:43 left in the game.
Jacksonville missed four more buckets before Radwan Bakkali got the Dolphins on the board with a pretty jumper from about 10 feet out, ending a 5-0 Georgetown run. That opened up the spacing a bit, allowing JD Notae to catch a pass under the bucket from a driving Devin Harris that pulled JU back within 17, 41-24. A turnover led to a mirror of the previous Dolphin possession; Harris drove the ball into the paint and kicked to an awaiting Notae, this time finding the freshman guard at the top of the key. Notae tear-dropped in the shot, cutting Georgetown's lead to just 14, 41-27. Notae was fouled on the three-point line on the next possession, and he hit two of his three shots from the penalty stripe, cutting the lead to just 12, 41-29, with 14:44 left.
Neither team could convert buckets for the next 2:30 as Jacksonville and Georgetown stacked up turnovers and misses, but the Hoyas began to pull away with about 12 minutes left on an 11-5 run. The Hoyas led by 23, 56-33, with nine minutes to go.
Jacksonville kept chipping away though, matching the Hoyas point for point with 37 in the second half. Notae reached 18 points for the second consecutive game, shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc, and JU received scoring contributions from Bakkali, Corey Romich, Damien Sears, and Jalyn Hinton. Tanner Rubio recorded just one bucket in the second half after scoring 13 in the first, totaling 15 points.
Nerves were evident early in both teams; from the opening tip that went GU's way, neither the Dolphins nor the Hoyas could score on their first few attempts. But a Georgetown three opened up the scoring on their third possession, and Rubio matched it with a three of his own on the other end. Runs were exchanged between the teams for four more minutes, and at the first media stoppage JU trailed GU by just one, 8-7.
After being held scoreless by the Dolphins for almost four minutes, Georgetown broke its 0-4 bucket drought with a 12-0 run, and led 20-7 about halfway to halftime. Consecutive Rubio threes cut that led to seven, 20-13, about two minutes later, but Georgetown responded with another 7-0 run to put the lead back out to 14, 27-13, with only five minutes left.
Notae capped that run with his first bucket of the evening, a deep three from the Hoyas logo on a beautiful pass from Harris, which would become a theme in the second half. Neither team scored a bucket for the next two minutes, but Georgetown was able to stretch its lead to 16 on back-to-back threes, including one at the buzzer. At the half, Georgetown led 36-20.
- Notae has scored a combined 36 points in his first two games, averaging 18 ppg. The freshman also had seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal against Georgetown.
- Rubio is averaging 12.5 ppg in his sophomore year after averaging a little over nine points a game in his freshman campaign. The guard from Maitland, Fla., went 3-7 from beyond the arc.
- Harris continues to fill up the stat sheet in impressive ways; he totaled five points, seven assists, eight rebounds, and a steal in 28 minutes.
- This marked the first meeting between JU and GU with neither team being ranked. The first meeting game in 1970 when 18th-ranked Jacksonville won 41-26 on a forfeit by Georgetown. The Hoyas started a fight in the court. The 2007 meeting between JU and #5 Georgetown went to the Hoyas, 87-55, and the 2008 meeting between JU and #18 Georgetown also went to GU, 71-62.