Postgame Roundup: Hoyas fall to last place USF

DSC_0594The Georgetown men’s basketball team (12-4, 2-3) traveled to Tampa, Florida on Saturday to face the Bulls of the University of South Florida (10-7, 1-4). The Hoyas went into the game riding two Big East wins over Providence and St. Johns. However, this game seemed to be a return to the rough start of conference play.

After a slow start, the Hoyas pulled ahead, leading by 8 at the half. However, a flurry of three pointers from the Bulls changed the game. After missing most of their attempts in the first half, USF made 7 of their first 9 three point shots in the second half. This caused the Hoyas to have to play the catch-up game for the second half, eventually falling 58-61.

South Florida thrived behind the strong play of sophomore guard Anthony Collins, who scored all of his 14 points in the second half. With a 58-59 deficit in the last 30 seconds, Head Coach John Thompson III called two timeouts to set up a play for the game-winning shot. This shot never came as sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. lost his dribble with 3 seconds to go. South Florida then hit two free throws to extend their lead. Porter’s half court shot at the buzzer rattled off the rim.

The Hoyas clearly missed the play of sophomore forward Greg Whittington who was the squad’s second leading scorer before he was declared academically ineligible. Porter Jr. has stepped up his play recently, scoring 60 points in the last three games, including 21 last night. Freshman guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera has stepped up with Georgetown’s lineup being cut down in Whittington’s absence, scoring 16 points, his first double-digit performance since the second game of the season. Unfortunately, the play of Porter Jr. and Smith-Rivera was not able to bring the Hoyas past their overall sloppy play, which led to an -11 turnover deficit in the game.

The Hoyas have to recover quickly as the next week comes with two ranked opponents as the team travels to South Bend to face No. 20 Notre Dame tomorrow and then returns to the Phonebooth to face off with No. 1 (currently) Louisville next Saturday. Though the road ahead looks treacherous, the Hoyas have a tendency to play at the level of their opponents. Hopefully the upcoming week can serve as a springboard for the Hoyas to propel themselves through Big East play.

File Photo: John Delgado-McCollum (Jan. 16, vs. Providence)

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