D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored 25 points, 19 of which came in the second half, as No. 4 Georgetown steamrolled No. 13 Eastern Washington, 84-74.
Eastern Washington was one of the trendy upset picks this season for more than one reason. For starters, the Eagles score a ton of points and have the nation’s leading scorer on their roster in Tyler Harvey. They also happened to get matchup with a Georgetown team that had lost to a double-digit seed in five straight NCAA tournaments. And should I mention that EWU head coach Jim Hayford guaranteed the victory during the week?
It looked like the upset could happen early, as Eastern Washington jumped out to a seven point lead in the first half. But the Hoyas went on an overpowering, 39-11 run that spanned both halves, opening up a 23 point lead and cruising to a 10 point win.
The guy that changed the game for Georgetown was seldom-used Bradley Hayes. Josh Smith picked up two fouls in the first four minutes, and back up big man Mikael Hopkins also managed to get himself into foul trouble, meaning that it was time for Hayes. He responded with eight points and six boards — four offensive — in the final ten minutes of the first half, a (surprising) overwhelming interior presence for the Hoyas against a team that could not handle their size.
The Hoyas will advance to face No. 5 Utah on Saturday.