Georgetown’s D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (4) protects the ball from Creighton’s Austin Chatman (1) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the in the quarterfinals of the Big East Conference tournament, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in New York. Georgetown won the game 60-55. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored a game-high 25 points to lead the No. 23 nationally ranked Georgetown Hoyas to a 60-55 win over Creighton in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament on March 12 at the Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y. The Hoyas (21-9 overall record) move on to play against Xavier in the semifinals Friday night, 9:30 p.m.
Creighton challenged Georgetown and was close to pulling off an upset—the team led by six points with nearly five minutes left in the game. But that’s when Smith-Rivera took over the game, scoring 12 of the Hoyas’ last 14 points, including two free throws with three seconds remaining to clinch the victory.
“You’ve heard me say all year, when we need baskets, everyone knows who we’re going to,” Hoyas head coach John Thompson III said after the game, according to The Associated Press. “ answered today.”
Senior center Josh Smith was the only other Hoya to score double digits; Smith made 4-of-8 shots for 10 points.
Junior guard James Milliken led Creighton with 17 points, and senior guard Austin Chapman added 11 points in their loss.
Creighton ends its season with a 14-19 overall record