Jan. 9, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team returned to Verizon Center for its BIG EAST Conference home opener, but fell behind by 15 points at the half en route to a 73-48 loss to Pittsburgh in front of 13,011 fans on Tuesday night.
It was the second-straight loss for the Hoyas, who fall to 10-3 overall and 0-2 in the BIG EAST, while Pittsburgh improves to 13-3 overall and 1-2 in league play.
The 0-2 start in BIG EAST play for the Hoyas is the first time the team has lost its first two league games under Head Coach John Thompson III. The 28-point loss was the largest for Georgetown in its BIG EAST history and it was the largest deficit at home since a 40-point loss in 1971.
Sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./Scott County Central) scored nine points to lead Georgetown, adding three rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Junior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) scored seven points and had seven rebounds, while freshman guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./Oak Hill) added seven points and junior center Moses Ayebga (Kano, Nigeria/Rockville Christian [Md.]) chipped in six points and four rebounds off the bench.
Georgetown connected on 35.1 percent of its field goals (13-of-37) and hit more free throws (17) than field goals (13) in the game. The Hoyas shot 65.4 percent from the free throw line (17-of-26).
Pittsburgh opened up a 15-point lead at the half (37-22) and led by 18 points (44-26) early in the second half before an 8-3 Georgetown run, capped by a three-pointer from sophomore forward Greg Whittington (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills) narrowed the gap to 13 points, 47-34. The Panthers, however, responded with an 8-0 run and pushed the lead to 21 points, 55-34, with 8:13 left in the game.
The Hoyas are back in action this weekend, traveling to New York for a game against St. John's on Saturday, Jan. 12. Tipoff at Madison Square Garden is slated for 11 a.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN2 and can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.