FSU's shooters end Hoyas' season

FSU's shooters end Hoyas' season
March 24, 2014, 9:45 pm
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Georgetown Hoyas guard Markel Starks (5) looks on in the second half against the Seton Hall Pirates at Verizon Center.

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Recap: Georgetown's 2013-14 season came to an end Monday night in the second round of the NIT. Florida State's 3-point shooters were to blame, along with several of the woes that wounded the Hoyas throughout the now completed campaign. 

Markel Starks scored 27 points in his final college game and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 22 points as Georgetown's backcourt once again carried the offense. The lack of productivity from their bigs and an overall suspect defensive performance derailed those efforts as the Hoyas fell 101-90 to the Florida State Seminoles. 

Jabril Trawick had 14 points and Aaron Bowen added 10 before fouling out for the fourth-seeded Hoyas (18-15), who trailed by double figures much of the second half after FSU pulled away before halftime. The top-seeded Seminoles (21-14) made baskets from angles, shooting 68.2 percent (30-44) from the field and sinking 11 of 16 from beyond the 3-point arc.

FSU's 101 points are the most allowed by Georgetown this season and the most in regulation under coach John Thompson III. Kansas scored 86 on Dec. 21. 

Aaron Thomas scored 26 points for Florida State, which will next host Louisiana Tech on Wednesday with the winner advancing to New York for the NIT semifinals. Devon Bookert had 21 points and Ian Miller scored 18. 

The Hoyas scored 27 points off 16 FSU turnovers. They also shot 54.5 percent in the second half, but the Seminoles made 14 of 19 shots (73.7%) after halftime.

Starks and Smith-Rivera each played all 40 minutes.

Turning point: The back-and-forth battle became one-sided over the final 1:54 of the first half. Georgetown trailed 36-33 following a Smith-Rivera 3-pointer, but 48-35 at halftime. FSU took control with a 12-2 run. Miller hit consecutive 3's and an alley-oop dunk by Jarquez Smith started the surge. The Seminoles' final 3-pointer of the half turned into a 4-point play as Bowen fouled Thomas on the successful attempt. Georgetown never pulled closer than eight points during the second half.

Key stat:  Starks made 8 of 16 shots from the field, 3 of 6 from beyond the arc with four rebounds and four assists. The Hoyas emotional leader finished his Georgetown career 26th all-time in scoring (1,246), 19th in assists and tied for fifth in 3-pointers. The Accokeek, Maryland native was named to the All-Big East first team this season. Starks grew up wanting to play for the program and did so proudly for his four seasons. 

Frontcourt: Mikael Hopkins didn't foul out for the seventh time this season, but he might as well have. The starting center sat down after picking up his fourth foul early in the second half and never returned, finishing without a point or rebound. Nate Lubick had five points and two rebounds. This unit, including Moses Ayegba, consistently left Thompson and others wanting more during the season. Of course, they were asked to do lots more once Josh Smith became academic ineligibility.

Odds and ends: The 48 points in the first half are the most allowed by Georgetown this season. St. John's tallied 46 points in an 82-60 rout on Feb. 16 at Madison Square Garden. ...Sophomore center Bradley Hayes scored four points, a career-high.

On deck: We know for sure Starks, Lubick and John Caprio have played their final games with the programs. Bowen and Moses Ayegba are redshirt seniors, meaning they could return for one last season. They can also transfer and play immediately elsewhere. Depending on Josh Smith's situation and the readiness of the incoming recruits, there could be a lot or minimal playing time available for both. The athletic Bowen certainly improved this season and could be worthy of a starting job following another summer of training.

More on this and the 2013-14 season in the days ahead...