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4th seed Georgetown couldn't out-physical No. 5 Utah in 75-64 loss

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PORTLAND, Oregon — John Thompson III will save the analysis for another time.

Georgetown's coach was subdued as the fourth-seeded Hoyas' season came to an abrupt end with a 75-64 loss to No. 5 Utah on Saturday night.

The Utes (26-8) will travel to Houston to play the winner of Sunday's game in Charlotte, North Carolina, between top-seeded Duke and No. 8 San Diego State.

Georgetown (22-11) heads back home from Portland.

"I don't think anyone in there planned on going home for good tomorrow. And so at this point right now, there's no need to beat them up or go analyze or critique the game," Thompson said. "It's one of the few last times that that group is going to be together. And so, you know, just have to thank those guys, in particular our seniors."

The Hoyas were led by a pair of freshman: L.J. Peak had 18 points, while Isaac Copeland had 14.

Georgetown led by as many as 11 points in the first half, but Utah adjusted in the second.

Jordan Loveridge's long jumper gave Utah a 57-53 lead late, but the Utes couldn't quite pull away from the physical Hoyas. After Peak's layup brought Georgetown within 61-57 with 3:06 left, Brandon Taylor nailed a 3-pointer for Utah. Taylor would finish with 14.

Dakarai Tucker's layup stretched Utah's lead to 66-59 at the 1:40 mark and Georgetown couldn't catch up.

"I mean, we moved the ball well. Guards were getting open, cutting. Got us open a lot of the time," said Georgetown junior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, who finished with 12 points. "Yeah, they started to adjust their defense a little bit. We could have executed a little bit better. But, you know, they got the job done."

The Utes opened the tournament on Thursday with a 57-50 victory over No. 12 seed Stephen F. Austin, while Georgetown advanced with an 84-74 victory over No. 13 Eastern Washington.

Utah hasn't been to the Sweet 16 since 2005, when the team fell as the No. 6 seed to No. 2 Kentucky. The Utes are making their first tournament appearance since 2009.

PHOTO: Georgetown forward Mikael Hopkins sits on the bench with head in hands during the final moments of an NCAA college basketball tournament round of 32 game against Utah in Portland, Ore., Saturday, March 21, 2015.  Utah beat Georgetown 75-64. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
Georgetown forward Mikael Hopkins sits on the bench with head in hands during the final moments of an NCAA college basketball tournament round of 32 game against Utah in Portland, Ore., Saturday, March 21, 2015. Utah beat Georgetown 75-64. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

The Hoyas haven't been to the Sweet 16 since 2007, when they won as the second seed until losing to top-seeded Ohio State in the Final Four.

Georgetown was making its 30th appearance in the tournament, including a national championship in 1984. The Hoyas settled for an NIT invitation last year after getting bounced from the 2013 NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed by No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast.

The game featured contrasting styles: Georgetown's Princeton offense against Utah's motion offense. At first the Utes appeared to have trouble with the bigger and stronger Hoyas, who found early success on the perimeter.

Tied at 32 at the half, Utah hit consecutive 3-pointers to go up 40-36 early in the second half. Taylor's 3 put the Utes up 43-36. The Utah bench went wild, and coach Larry Krystkowiak signaled the players to mute the celebration.

Copeland made a 3 for the Hoyas to cut into the lead, and Utah was hurt by a scoring drought that lasted more than 5:30 before Loveridge made a 3-pointer to give the Utes a 46-42 lead with 11:30 to go.

Georgetown pulled within 49-47 on Smith-Rivera's hard-fought layup before Joshua Smith's decisive dunk tied the game at 49 with 8:40 left.

"It's sudden, it's fast," Thompson said about the loss. "You know, we have five or six seniors in that locker room that have played their last game wearing this uniform. It's difficult."

TIP INS

Utah: Delon Wright is the little brother of guard Dorell Wright of the Portland Trail Blazers, whose home court is the Moda Center.

Georgetown: Georgetown's 6-foot-10, 350-pound center Joshua Smith is from Kent, Washington, only a couple of hours by car from Portland. He says he had more than 40 people from Kent making the trip south for the game.

UP NEXT

Utah advances to face the winner of Sunday's game between top-seeded Duke (30-4) and No. 8 San Diego State (27-8) in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Georgetown's season is over.

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