Jan. 12, 2013
NEW YORK - Georgetown sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./ Scott County Central) had his fourth double-double of the season and the 19th-ranked Hoyas used a big first half run to build a 17-point lead at intermission and went on to beat St. John's, 67-51, at Madison Square Garden Saturday afternoon in front of 11,057.
The Hoyas end a two-game losing streak and improved to 11-3 overall and 1-2 in the BIG EAST, while St. John's falls to 9-7 overall and 1-3 in league play.
Porter Jr. recorded his fourth double-double of the season - and the seventh of his career - with 19 points and 14 rebounds, a season high. He led three players in double figures, as junior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) hit 7-of-10 shots and scored 17 points with four rebounds and junior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass. / St. Mark's) added 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and three blocks. Freshman guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Indl./Oak Hill) scored eight points, grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds and had a team-high four assists off the bench for the Hoyas.
Eight different Georgetown players scored and the Hoyas connected on 43.6 percent of their shots from the field (24-of-55) and held a 48-33 advantage on the boards. The GU bench contributed 15 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists in 62 minutes.
Leading by 17 points, 36-19, at the half, the Hoyas used a quick 6-1 run over the opening 2:08 and pushed the lead back to 22 points, 42-20, when Smith-Rivera fed Lubick for a dunk. The Hoyas pushed the lead to 23 points on a couple of occasions, first on a jumper from Starks (47-24, 16:42) and then on a layup from Starks (50-27, 13:14). Free throws from Porter gave the Blue & Gray their biggest lead - 26 points, 57-31, with 8:16 to play, and a dunk from junior guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]) matched that lead, 61-35, with 5:38 to play.
Georgetown opened a 17-point lead at the half, 36-19, after connecting on 48.3 percent of its field goals (14-of-29) and holding a commanding lead on the boards (23-14). St. John's had seven blocked shots, including five from Chris Obekpa, but the stingy Hoya defense limited SJU to only eight field goals and 34.8 percent shooting.
The Hoyas had the lead from the start after a dunk from Trawick and GU held SJU without a field goal for the first 3:18 of the game. St. John's pulled to within five points, 13-8, on a layup from Jamal Branch at the 12:28 mark, but the Hoyas went on a 20-2 run over 5:28 and took a 33-10 lead on a layup from Porter Jr. with 6:33 left in the half. Five different Georgetown players scored during the run, including a jumper from Smith-Rivera and a three-pointer from.
St.. John's went without a field goal for 4:14 in the half, but out-scored Georgetown 9-3 over the final 6:33 and pulled to within 36-19 on a layup from Harrison with 59 seconds half.
The win was the fourth-straight in the series for the Hoyas. Georgetown has won five of the last seven games played at Madison Square Garden. Sophomore forward Greg Whittington (Columbia, Md./ Oakland Mills) did not play due to a violation of team rules.
The Hoyas are back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 16, hosting Providence College in a BIG EAST Conference game at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on MASN, with Mike Corey and Bob Wenzel calling all of the action, and can be heard locally on Sports Talk AM 570.