Head coach John Thompson III and the Georgetown Hoyas snapped their five-game losing streak on Saturday afternoon inside Madison Square Garden in a huge way by downing the seventh-ranked Michigan State Spartans, 64-60.
It wasn’t all that easy for the struggling Hoyas as they were down at halftime to their powerful opponents from the Big Ten Conference, 30-29. However, they outscored the Spartans 35-30 in the second half and will leave New York City with the much-needed victory.
For the Hoyas, three starters finished with double digits in scoring, led by guard Markel Starks who finished the afternoon with 16 points on 6-of-14 shooting.
The overall best performance, though, came from D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera who dropped in 12 points and added in eight rebounds in the victorious effort, nearly hitting double-double territory.
After horrific outings the last five games, coach Thompson and company can breathe a little easier at the moment as they improve their overall record to 12-9 on the season.
For Michigan State, this was was a crushing blow as it’s their second loss within the last week. They were upset last Saturday by the Michigan Wolverines, and barely escaped the clutches of the Iowa Hawkeyes this week in overtime.
They didn’t have enough to hold off Georgetown on Saturday, however, as they now drop to 19-3 on the year.