Nov. 24, 2012
WASHINGTON - Georgetown sophomore forwards Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./Scott County Central) and Greg Whittington (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills) each recorded double-doubles and the Hoyas out-scored Mount St. Mary's 22-6 over the final 8:29 of the game en route to a 72-50 win over the Mountaineers at Verizon Center Saturday afternoon.
The win improves Georgetown's record to 4-1, while the Mountaineers fall to 1-3.
Porter scored 17 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds for his second double-double of the season, and the fifth of his career, while Whittington matched him with a game-high 17 points to go with 11 rebounds for his second double of the season as well. Two other players were in double figures for the Hoyas, with junior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) scoring 15 points, handing out five assists and grabbing three rebounds and sophomore forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) finishing with 13 points and three blocked shots. Junior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) chipped in with eight points, six rebounds and four assists.
Georgetown struggled through the first half, committing 11 turnovers and leading by only two points (34-32), but opened the second half with an 8-2 run over the first 2:58 and took its biggest lead to that point, 44-34, on a pair of free throws from Hopkins at the 17:02 mark. The lead was still 10 points, 48-38, on a layup from Whittington with 13:25 left to play in the game, but the Mountaineers hung around and whittled the margin to six points, 50-44, on a three-pointer from Shivaughn Wiggins with 8:29 to play.
That's when the Hoyas kicked it into gear, scoring eight-straight points - four of them from Porter, Jr. - to take a 58-44 lead on a driving layup from Starks with 5:13 left to play in the game. A jumper from the Mount's Josh Castellanos made it 64-50 with 3:01 to play, but the Hoyas scored eight more points and capped it off with Starks feeding Porter for a dunk with 23 seconds left to make it 72-50.
Coming a pair of stirring performances in the Legends Classic in Brooklyn against a pair of top-25 teams, the Hoyas were sluggish coming out of the games in the first half against the Mount. There were four ties and three lead changes and only Georgetown had a lead of more than two points, holding a six-point lead on a layup from Porter with 3:00 left in the first half.
The Mount's Kristian Krajina recorded a steal on the opening play of the game and hit a jumper to give the visitors their only lead of the half, 2-0, at 19:15. Trailing 7-6 after three from Sam Prescott, a jumper from Whittington and a three from Porter gave the Hoyas an 11-7 lead. It was 13-9 after a layup from Lubick at 13:05 and 17-13 at 10:41 after a layup from sophomore guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends), but the Mount tied the game at 19-all on a three from Prescott.
The Hoyas again pushed the lead to four points, 23-19, on a layup from Whittington, but a jumper from Taylor Danhaher tied the game at 23-all. The Hoyas used a 6-0 run over 2:15 to take a 29-23 lead on Porter's layup, but could not extend it, heading into the half with a 34-32 lead. The Hoyas committed 11 turnovers in the first half.
Georgetown finished the game shooting 63.8 percent from the floor (30-of-47), hit 42.9 percent of its three-pointers (3-of-7) and was only 50.0 percent from the free throw line (9-of-18). The Hoyas held a 42-21 advantage on the boards, handed out 16 assists and tied a season-high with 17 turnovers.
The Hoyas are back in action on Friday, Nov. 30, hosting Tennessee as part of the SEC/BIG EAST Challenge. Tipoff time at Verizon Center is slated for 6:30 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN and can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.