Feb. 5, 2013
WASHINGTON - When the Georgetown men's basketball team returned home in late January after a pair of road games that included an impressive win over then-No. 24-ranked Notre Dame, the Hoyas had the luxury of knowing their next three games would be at home. Those three games would come in the span of eight days and started with another game against a nationally-ranked team.
The Hoyas started that homestand with another win over a ranked team, beating then-No. 5 Louisville, 53-51, at Verizon Center on Jan. 26. GU won its third-straight game on Jan. 30 as sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./Scott County Central) scored 20 points in 23 minutes of action en route to a 74-52 win over Seton Hall.
The homestand closed on Saturday, Feb. 2 when Georgetown hosted long-time rival St. John's for its annual "Gray Out" game (see related link of a time lapse video here). The win streak moved to four games, as junior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass. / St. Mark's) recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead four players in double figures in a 68-56 win.
Georgetown, winners of its last four games and six of the last seven overall, improved to 16-4 overall and after starting 0-2 in the BIG EAST, are now 6-3 in the league and tied for third place.
The wins last week moved the Hoyas back into the national rankings after dropping out for the last three weeks. Georgetown appeared at No. 20 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 21 in the USA Today Coaches poll.
Lubick was impressive in the win over St. John's, connecting on 8-of-10 shots from the field for a career-best 16 points to go with 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks. In wins over Seton Hall and St. John's last week, Lubick averaged 12.0 points, 7.0 rebound and 4.5 assists while shooting 73.3 percent from the floor (11-of-15).
Porter Jr., meanwhile, has been a major factor for the Hoyas in the last seven games, averaging 18.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in that span, shooting 55.1 percent from the floor (43-of-78), including 54.2 percent from three-point land (13-of-24).
Overall, Porter Jr. ranks 14th in the BIG EAST in scoring with 14.8 points per game and is fifth in the league in rebounding (7.6 rpg). He also ranks ninth in the league in field goal percentage, seventh in steals, third in three-point field goal percentage, tied for 15th in blocked shots and second in defensive rebounds. In BIG EAST only games, he is averaging 16.8 points, which ranks seventh in the league, and 7.6 rebounds, which is sixth overall.
The win over St. John's on Saturday also marked the 200th win at Georgetown for Head Coach John Thompson III. He now has a career record of 200-86 (.699). Combined with the wins his father, John Thompson Jr., accumulated at Georgetown (596), the Thompson's have combined for 51,0 percent of the program's all-time wins (796 of 1,560).
Georgetown is back in action on Saturday, Feb. 9, visiting Rutgers in a BIG EAST Conference matchup. Tipoff in New Jersey is slated for noon, with Anish Shroff and Bob Wenzel calling all of the action. The game will be shown live on MASN and can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.