Hoyas upset Ducks

Georgetown gets 26 points from Pryor, spoils Brooks’ return

Georgetown’s L.J. Peak blocks a shot by Oregon’s Payton Pritchard during the first half of the Hoyas’ 65-61 victory over the Ducks on Monday in a Maui Jim Maui Invitational first-round game at the Lahaina Civic Center. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

LAHAINA — If there’s anyone to blame for spoiling the return of Oregon guard Dillon Brooks, it’s Georgetown’s Rodney Pryor.

Pryor had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and the Hoyas stymied a comeback bid by the Ducks, No. 13 in The Associated Press rankings, to win 65-61 on Monday in the first round of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center.

Brooks, who was limited to 13 minutes in his season debut after recovering from foot surgery, made a layup to give Oregon its only lead with less than nine minutes to go. Georgetown responded with a 7-0 run that included five points by Pryor to go in front 49-43 with 6 1/2 minutes left.

“Coming out here we knew we had to stay together, stick to our game plan,” said Pryor, who had four blocked shots as well.

L.J. Peak had 17 points for the Hoyas (2-2), who will play Wisconsin today in a semifinal.

Georgetown’s Akoy Agau slaps the ball away from Oregon’s Dillon Brooks during the second half. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

The Ducks (2-2) had just a single player score in double figures — Payton Pritchard, who had 18 points. Chris Boucher finished with 13 rebounds and blocked five shots and Brooks, a preseason AP All-American, had eight points and three rebounds.

Oregon will play Tennessee today for a berth in the fifth-place game.

Georgetown led 38-21 at halftime after a long 3-pointer by Pryor at the buzzer.

“I didn’t even see it hit, but when I heard the crowd I knew it went in,” said Pryor, who scored 10 points in the final three minutes of the half.

Oregon shot just 24.1 percent from the field before halftime.

GEORGETOWN Hoyas 70

“The lead in the first half was because of our defense,” said Georgetown coach John Thompson III. “That’s a powerful offensive team.”

A 3-pointer by Brooks made the score 63-61 with 3.8 seconds remaining, but Peak then sank a pair of free throws, and Brooks missed a half-court try at the buzzer.

Oregon, which lost to Baylor last week, is off to its worst four-game start since opening the 1997-98 season 1-3.

“I just think we need to come out harder and more physical on the defensive end,” Prit-chard said. “We’re kind of letting them punch us in the mouth in the Baylor and the Georgetown game. We can’t let that happen at first. We’ve got to be delivering the punch.”

Ducks coach Dana Altman said his team’s 17 turnovers and 11-for-20 performance from the foul line were “hard to overcome.”

OREGON Ducks 79

“Fundamentally we are not sound,” Altman said. “I’ve mentioned before I’ve been concerned about where our basketball team’s at. And we’re not consistent in practice. And that lack of consistency has carried over to the game floor.”

Altman said Brooks wanted to play more, but that the team would “stick with the plan that we have for him.”

“But his passion and his level of intensity really helps us,” the coach said. “We really miss it.”

* Colleen Uechi is at cuechi@mauinews.com.

GEORGETOWN (65)

Copeland 1-8 0-0 2, Govan 3-8 3-4 9, Pryor 9-17 6-8 26, Mosely 0-3 0-0 0, Peak 4-15 6-7 17, Agau 2-6 0-0 4, Campbell 2-4 1-1 6, Mulmore 0-0 1-2 1, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-61 17-22 65.

OREGON (61)

Boucher 3-9 1-4 7, Bell 4-10 1-3 9, Ennis 3-6 3-5 9, Benson 2-3 0-0 4, Dorsey 1-7 0-0 2, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Bigby-Williams 0-2 4-4 4, Brooks 3-8 1-2 8, Pritchard 7-14 1-2 18. Totals 23-59 11-20 61.

Halftime–Georgetown 38-21. 3-Point Goals–Georgetown 6-21 (Peak 3-7, Pryor 2-7, Campbell 1-3, Govan 0-1, Copeland 0-3), Oregon 4-17 (Pritchard 3-8, Brooks 1-1, Bell 0-1, Ennis 0-2, Dorsey 0-2, Boucher 0-3). Fouled Out–Benson. Rebounds–Georgetown 34 (Pryor 10), Oregon 41 (Boucher 13). Assists–Georgetown 10 (Peak 4), Oregon 10 (Ennis 4). Total Fouls–Georgetown 21, Oregon 22. A–2,400 (2,400).

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