Postgame Roundup: Hoyas 52, Scarlet Knights 50
The Georgetown Hoyas (16-3, 6-2 Big East) came away with a 52-50 victory against Rutgers (11-9, 3-4 Big East) this afternoon in thrilling fashion. Freshman Otto Porter scored the team’s final six points to clinch the game against a feisty Scarlet Knight group. Henry Sims contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Jason Clark scored 11 for the Hoyas, who took 36 free throws on the day.
Check out Tim Shine’s recap over on the Voice website.
Otto to the Rescue
The end of today’s game belonged to the freshman. First, sophomore Nate Lubick found him with a long pass for a breakaway layup to bring the Hoyas within two points. On the next possession, Porter found himself in the paint and put up an unguarded shot to tie the game. After a defensive stop, the Missouri native made it to the free throw lane where he drained both free throws to win the game.
On his freshman’s play, coach John Thompson III put it in the same simple manner he has all season:
“He is composed,” Thompson said. “Otto doesn’t get rattled, he just plays the game.”
Porter, in his own quiet and humble nature, said he simply took what the defense gave him on his jumper to give Georgetown the lead. As for his clutch free throws, Porter also shook it off as simply doing his job.
“I was just thinking, just hit the free throws,” he said. “It just came, I practiced my free throws and I was able to hit them.”
More on the freshman and some enjoyable quotes after the jump…
Aside from Porter, Greg Whittington and Jabril Trawick played key minutes for the Hoyas. Whittington scored all seven of his points during a stretch in the middle of the second half that ended with a three-pointer to tie the game at 38.
For a long stretch in the second half, Thompson used seniors Jason Clark and Henry Sims alongside his three main freshmen. Though the lineup was certainly effective, it was also necessary, as junior Hollis Thompson sat out much of the second half and was not “himself” due to a pulled thigh muscle according to Thompson III. Asked about the lineup, Thompson said that he was going for defense.
“At this point of the year, we’re not thinking of anyone as a freshmen,” he commented. “I just thought that was our best defensive group. That group was consistently getting stops and I thought they did a very good job.”
On a day where the offense won with just 12 field goals, including just 3 in the first half, the Hoyas had to rely on their defense to win the game.
“Our defense allowed us to withstand a day when we were not good offensively,” Thompson said.
“We’ve been in some tight games and there’s always been the feeling that ‘We’re not going to lose this game.’”
-Jason Clark on the Hoyas’ feeling deep in games
“I knew when I rose up, he was going to try to go by me so, you know, the defensive mastermind that I am…”
-Henry Sims having fun with the media, talking about the last defensive possession on Rutgers guard Eli Carter’s shot
“There were some bizarre plays, some bizarre whistles…It was interesting that the last two minutes, it was decided by a whistle by a certain, individual referee who decided to take it upon himself to decide the game.”
-Rutgers coach Mike Rice on the officiating down the stretch
The Hoyas have the rest of the week off to prepare for a game against Pittsburgh (11-8, 0-6 Big East) on the road at 4 PM next Saturday. Though the Panthers have struggled this season, the Peterson Events Center remains one of the toughest venues in the nation. The game also starts the biggest test of the Hoyas season, as they go from Pittsburgh to battles with Connecticut and Syracuse.