Jan. 16, 2013
WASHINGTON - Sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./ Scott County Central) scored 20 points and led three players in double figures as Georgetown opened up a 19-point lead at halftime en route to a 74-65 win over Providence in front of 9,210 at Verizon Center Wednesday night.
It was the second-straight win for the Hoyas, who improved to 12-3 overall and evened their BIG EAST Conference record at 2-2. Providence falls to 9-8 overall and 1-4 in league play.
Porter Jr. connected on 8-of-13 shots from the floor and scored a team-high 20 points to go with eight rebounds before fouling out in the final minutes of the game. Sophomore guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) scored 16 points and tied a career-high with seven assists and junior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) scored 10 points and had four rebounds.
The Hoyas shot 53.2 percent from the floor (25-of-47), a season-high in four games against BIG EAST opponents, and the fifth time this season the team has hit at least 50 percent. GU connected on 66.7 percent of their shots in the first half (16-of-24) as they opened up their biggest halftime lead of the season, 38-19.
The Hoyas led by 19 at the break and 22 early in the second half before the Friars whittled the lead to seven points, 67-60, on free throws from Kadeem Batts with 2:10 to play. Georgetown, however, hit 5-of-8 free throws in the final two minutes - with Starks connecting on 3-of-4 - and a dunk junior guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]) pushed the lead back to 12 points, 74-62, with 37 seconds left.
Leading by 19 at the break, a three-pointer from Starks at the 18:29 mark of the second half gave Georgetown its biggest lead of the game, 41-19, forcing Providence to call a timeout. The Friars responded with a 17-4 run, cutting the GU lead to nine points, 45-36, on a three-pointer from Bryce Cotton with 13:28 left in the game.
The Hoya lead was nine points, 54-45, after another three from Cotton with 9:38 left, but the Hoyas scored six-straight points - two free throws apiece from Lubick and Starks and a layup from Porter - to push the lead back to 15 points, 60-45, with 6:43 left.
Georgetown opened a 19-point lead at the half (38-19) after connecting on a season-high 66.7 percent of its shots from the field.
The Hoyas took to the court with energy in the first half, and a 10-0 run over a span of 2:00, in which Porter put up eight points alone, the Hoyas took a 12-3 lead. Aided by two consecutive three's from Bowen and three consecutive baskets from Lubick, Georgetown pushed the lead to 14 points, 30-16, on a jumper from Starks with 6:05 left in the half. A three-pointer from Smith-Rivera followed up by a two-point buzzer shot from Porter gave the Hoyas the 19-point lead at the half.
The 38 points scored by the Hoyas were a season-high for a half against a BIG EAST team and Porter led the way with 12 points, connecting on 6-of-10 shots.
Georgetown hits the road for its next two games, starting with a matchup at South Florida on Saturday, Jan. 19. Tipoff at South Florida is slated for 6 p.m.