Georgetown's Porter Jr. and Smith-Rivera Win BIG EAST Weekly Awards
Feb. 25, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./Scott County Central) was named the BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week and freshman guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./Oak Hill) was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week on Monday after the Hoyas swept a pair of games last week.
This is the second-straight week Porter Jr. has been named BIG EAST Player of the Week, the first time a league player has earned that honor all season.
This is also the first time two players from the same school have swept the BIG EAST Player and Rookie of the Week Awards this season and it is the first time a school has swept the awards since Jan. 23, 2012 (Villanova).
Georgetown won its ninth-straight game on Saturday, beating then-No. 8 Syracuse, 57-46, at the Carrier Dome, ending a 38-game home court win streak for the Orange. The Hoyas, coincidentally, were the last team to beat SU on the road, posting a 64-56 win during the 2010-11 season.
The Hoyas improved to 21-4 overall and 11-3 in the BIG EAST with the win over Syracuse and moved into sole possession of first place in the league. The win streak is the longest against conference opponents since winning 10 in a row during the 2006-07 season.
Georgetown is ranked No. 7 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches' poll. This is the seventh-straight year that Georgetown has made at least one appearance among the top-10 teams in the country in the Associated Press Top 25.
In a 2-0 week for the Hoyas, Porter Jr. averaged 22.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.0 assists while shooting 53.6 percent from the floor (15-of-28), 50.0 percent from three-point land and 80.0 percent from the free throw line (8-of-10). Porter Jr. started his week with 11 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in only 20 minutes of action against the Blue Demons. On Saturday at Syracuse, he played all 40 minutes and scored a career-high 33 points - hitting 12-of-19 shots from the floor, 5-of-10 from three-point range and all four of his free throws - with eight rebounds, five steals and two assists.
Smith-Rivera helped lead Georgetown to a 2-0 week, averaging 20.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 55.0 percent from the floor (11-of-20), 54.5 percent from three-point land (6-of-11) and 85.7 percent from the free throw line (12-of-14). In a 90-66 win over DePaul on Wednesday, Smith-Rivera scored a career-high 33 points - the most by a Hoya freshman since Victor Page scored 34 against Villanova in 1996 - and had three rebounds while hitting 10-of-12 shots from the field and 5-of-6 from three-point range. He scored seven points, including a big three-pointer, and had four rebounds in the win at Syracuse on Saturday.
The back-to-back 33-point games from Smith-Rivera and Porter Jr. marked the first time two different Georgetown players had scored at least 30 in consecutive games since Allen Iverson (38 vs. Miami) and Victor Page (34 vs. Villanova) did so during the 1996 BIG EAST Tournament
Georgetown continues its road swing on Wednesday, Feb. 27, visiting Connecticut. Tipoff at Gampel Pavilion is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN2, with Mike Patrick and LaPhonso Ellis calling all of the action, and can be heard locally on Sports Talk AM 570.