Feb. 11, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./Scott County Central) scored 21 points to lead three players in double figures as the 15th-ranked Hoyas opened up a 10-point lead at the half and used a late run in the second half to pull away for a 63-52 win over No. 18 Marquette in front of 11,821 fans at Verizon Center on Big Monday.
It was the sixth-straight win for Georgetown, who improves to 18-4 overall and 8-3 in the BIG EAST, while Marquette falls to 17-6 overall and 8-3 in league play.
Porter Jr. scored 21 points had seven rebounds, three assists and three steals while junior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) added 16 points and three assists and junior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Mark's) scored 10 points, had four rebounds and four assists.
The Hoyas led by 10 points at the break and held that lead in the opening minutes, with a free throw from Starks at the 16:11 mark making it 35-25. A 9-2 run from Marquette cut the GU lead to three points, 37-34, on a three-pointer from Jamil Wilson with 12:56 left.
Georgetown, however, responded with an 8-1 run over 1:28 - with Porter Jr. (4-of-4) and Lubick (2-of-2) hitting six free throws - to push lead back to 10 points, 45-35, at the 10:46 mark. The Hoyas continued to maintain that lead over the next three minutes, with a layup from Starks making it 47-37 (9:52) and a jumper from the junior guard making it 49-39 (9:12).
The lead was still 10 points, 51-41, after a dunk from sophomore center Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha), but free throws from Jamil Wilson made it 51-43 with 6:44 to play. The Hoyas responded with a 9-3 run over 2:45 and took a 60-46 lead on the three-point play from Porter Jr. The run was started by a three-pointer from Starks to make it 54-43 and included a jumper from Hopkins and a free throw from Lubick.
Despite only shooting 39.3 percent from the floor in the first half (11-of-28), the Hoyas took a 10-point lead into the break, 33-23, with Porter Jr. scoring 10 points.
The Golden Eagles had jumped out to an 11-6 lead early going on a dunk from Chris Otule at the 14:58 mark, but consecutive three-pointers from Starks at the 12:27 mark ignited an 11-2 GU run over 2:31 as Georgetown took a 17-13 lead on a three-pointer from Porter Jr.at the 9:56 mark.
The lead was two points, 20-18, after a layup from Trent Lockett, but Georgetown out-scored Marquette 13-5 over the final 5:17 of the half and took a 33-23 lead into the break on a layup from Hopkins.
Georgetown is back in action on Friday, Feb. 15, visiting Cincinnati in a BIG EAST Conference matchup at First Third Arena. Tipoff is slated for 9 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN, with John Saunders and Bobby Knight calling all of the action. It can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.