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Freshmen lead No. 25 Hoyas past Creighton 76-61

WASHINGTON (AP) — Freshmen L.J. Peak, Tre Campbell and Paul White combined for 37 points, leading No. 25 Georgetown past Creighton 76-61 on Saturday in a Big East matchup.

With a pair of starting seniors, Joshua Smith and Jabril Trawick, on the sideline because of foul trouble, Georgetown (9-4, 1-1) relied heavily on its first-year players, who provided 25 of 29 points during one span.

Campbell’s 3-pointer early in the second half wrapped up a 15-2 spurt that put Georgetown ahead 39-31. And White’s 3 with 7 1/2 minutes to go gave the hosts a 61-46 edge.

Smith did wind up with 16 points, and Trawick with 12. But Big East preseason player of the year D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera was limited to five.

Devin Brooks and Zach Hanson led Creighton (9-6, 0-2) with 11 points each.

The Bluejays made four of their first eight 3-pointers but went 1 for 17 the rest of the way.

Creighton has lost three games in a row, all on the road.

Peak scored 14 points. Campbell, who had scored a total of 22 points in 12 games this entire season, started 5 for 6, including 3 for 3 from beyond the arc, and wound up with 13 points. White added 10.

In one stretch, 13 consecutive points for Georgetown were scored by freshmen.

And in the second half, Georgetown shot 75 percent from the floor.

With the Bluejays leading 21-15 in the first half, Smith — listed at 6-foot-10, 350 pounds, he’s more than 100 pounds heavier than anyone on Creighton’s roster — headed to the sideline with his third foul. Still, the Hoyas used a 7-0 spurt to go ahead 22-21.

Another Hoyas freshman, Isaac Copeland, hit a jumper with the shot clock about to expire with 5 seconds remaining to give the hosts a 33-31 edge at halftime. It was his only basket of the game.

Creighton guard Austin Chatman shot 0 for 5 in the first half; his only points over the opening 20 minutes came on a pair of free throws 40.6 seconds before the break. He finished with eight points.

TIP-INS

Creighton: The Bluejays are now 7-1 at home, 2-5 on the road. … Chatman came in leading the team with averages of 13.7 points and 4.5 assists.

Georgetown: The Hoyas are ranked this week in the AP Top 25 for the first time since the final poll of the 2012-13 season. … Georgetown lost its conference opener at Xavier on New Year’s Eve. … Smith-Rivera was honored before the game for topping 1,000 points in his career. … As part of the Hoyas’ second annual Men Against Breast Cancer game, players work pink laces on their sneakers, and spectators were given white T-shirts with a pink capital “G.”

UP NEXT

Creighton hosts DePaul on Wednesday.

Georgetown hosts Marquette on Tuesday.

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