Ryan Petrovich, MORGANTOWN – Much like the Big 12 Tournament, West Virginia fell short in the National Invitation Tournament. Georgetown downed West Virginia 77-65 Tuesday Night.
West Virginia and Georgetown both traded baskets early on. Eron Harris buried a three for the Mountaineers as West Virginia went up 7-4 with 15:17 remaining in the first half.
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera knocked a three for the Hoyas but Juwan Staten answered quickly as he raced down the floor for a layup. The Mountaineers still remained on top 10-7 early in the first half.
After back and forth action, Remi Dibo hit a midrange jumper while Staten knocked down a wide open three-pointer. West Virginia led 22-21 with 3:43 remaining in the first half.
Aaron Bowen gave the lead to the Hoyas after hitting a three. Georgetown and West Virginia kept matching each other late in the first half. West Virginia clung to a one-point lead 25-24 with 2:38 remaining before halftime.
Staten drove the lane with under a minute remaining as he made a layup and was fouled on the play. The Hoyas answered Staten's "and-one" as a buzzer beater layup fell for Georgetown. West Virginia carried a 33-30 lead into halftime.
Staten started the second half off by knocking down one of two from the free throw line but the Hoyas answered with an old fashion three-point play by Markel Starks. West Virginia led Georgetown 36-33 with 18:56 remaining in the game.
Staten led the Mountaineers in scoring with 23 points while Terry Henderson followed him with 13 points. The Mountaineers shot 22-49 (44.9 percent) from the floor and went 6-22 (27.3 percent) from behind the arc.
Smith- Rivera hit a go-ahead three for the Hoyas after good defense forced a Mountaineer turnover. Georgetown went up by three, 39-36 early in the second half.
The leading scorer for the Hoyas was Smith-Rivera who scored 32 points. Georgetown shot 23-52 (44.2 percent) from the field and 7-19 (36.8 percent) from beyond the arc.
Georgetown began to find momentum. Harris had a fast-break layup blocked as Smith-Rivera knocked down a three on the other end. Georgetown's quick burst allowed the Hoyas to take a 48-41 lead midway through the second half.
Devin Williams slowed the Hoya's momentum as he finished a three-point play to cut into West Virginia's deficit. Georgetown led West Virginia 55-49 with 10:50 remaining.
The Hoya's found more points as a fast-break dunk by Nate Lubick extended Georgetown's lead. The Hoyas led the Mountaineers 61-51 with 6:14 left in the contest.
Staten was fouled on a three-point shot. Staten managed to hit one of his free throws to cut into the Hoya's lead. West Virginia still trailed 72-58 late in the game.
The Hoyas poured in on down the stretch as the Mountaineers had no answers. Georgetown cruised past West Virginia 77-65 to advance to the second round of the NIT tournament.