WASHINGTON (AP) — No. 24 Georgetown appeared to be on its way to big win against Providence when it opened a double-digit lead in the second half on Wednesday night.

Then they got sloppy, and it turned into a costly loss for the Hoyas.

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera's 3-pointer with 7:41 left was Georgetown's final field goal in a 74-71 loss to the Friars. The Hoyas (15-7, 7-4 Big East) also committed eight turnovers in the second half.

"We didn't take care of the ball. We can't go through stretches where we aren't getting shots," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "They did a good job of playing the passing lanes, we didn't hold onto the ball a lot of times, but you have to give their defense credit."

Ben Bentil had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Friars (17-6, 7-3), who also beat the Hoyas 60-57 in overtime on Jan. 10. LaDontae Henton also scored 16 points and Carson Desrosiers had 14.

Smith-Rivera finished with 21 points for the Hoyas.

Providence used a 20-6 run to take a 66-65 lead. The lead changed hands four times in the final 1:51.

Desrosiers' two free throws put the Friars ahead 72-71 with 32 seconds left.

"I've been there before and you have to make those," said Desrosiers, a fifth-year senior.

Georgetown then turned the ball over while inbounding under the Friars' basket with 11 seconds left.

"We wanted to get it in and have a quick reversal ... but Isaac (Copeland) popped out and Bentil denied him a little bit and he kind of stood there instead of working to get open and everyone else just stood and watched," Thompson said.

Bentil's two free throws made it 74-71, and a 3-point attempt by Smith-Rivera rolled around the rim and out with two seconds remaining.

"Since last season, no lead is safe against us," Desrosiers said. "We know we'll battle back. Tonight we were fortunate and came away with a big road win."

The Friars, winners of four of five, had lost 31 straight road games against ranked teams dating to 2004.

Kris Dunn, the conference's reigning player of the week, had 12 points and nine assists for Providence, which shot 53.5 percent from the field.

Georgetown opened a double-digit lead midway through the second half.

With the Friars trailing 59-46 after a Smith-Rivera 3-pointer with just under 12 minutes to play, Henton hit a 3-pointer that sparked the big run for Providence.

Much of the rally came with Dunn on the bench with four fouls.

Desrosiers capped the stretch with two of baskets in the lane, pushing Providence to its first lead of the half with 4:37 remaining.

"Just movement, we just weren't moving enough," Smith-Rivera said of the Hoyas' offense. "The ball was sticking, and we were stagnant and just looking for one option instead of looking for the next thing and keeping them on the move."

Desrosiers' two free throws gave Providence a 68-66 advantage at the 3:46 mark, and neither team scored until the Friars were whistled for a foul and a dead ball technical with 1:51 left.

Georgetown went 6 for 12 from 3-point range in the first half and led 41-38 at the break.


Providence: Henton set a new Friar record with his 123rd career start. He also took sole possession of sixth place on Providence's scoring list with 1,855 points. He began the day tied with Marvin Barnes.

Georgetown: The Hoyas had won seven straight home games against the Friars. ... Smith-Rivera has made two or more 3-pointers in nine straight games.


Providence went 23 for 32 at the line, but connected on 12 of 13 attempts in the second half.

"We were throwing rockets at the rim in the first half," Providence coach Ed Cooley said.

The Hoyas made 17 of 25 foul shots. But they were 12 for 18 at the line after the break.

"We had some key misses," Thompson said.


Providence visits Xavier on Saturday.

Georgetown visits Villanova on Saturday.