After its most disappointing loss of the year, Georgetown (13-4, 3-3 Big East) may have picked up its most impressive win. The Hoyas pulled off a 63-47 upset of no. 24 Notre Dame (15-4, 3-3 Big East) in front a noisy crowd in South Bend. The Blue and Gray jumped out to 10-4 lead and never looked back.
A suffocating defensive effort by the Hoyas held the Fighting Irish to season lows in points, field goal percentage, and assists. Georgetown, on the other hand, shot 53 percent from the field, one of its best shooting nights in conference play. Midway through the second half the Blue and Gray registered 18 consecutive points.
Sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. had yet another strong offensive performance with 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists. Freshman guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera followed up a 16-point game against South Florida with a 14-point night against Notre Dame.
Junior forward Nate Lubick and sophomore forward Mikael Hopkins got into foul trouble in the second half. Hopkins would ultimately foul out with 10:21 remaining in the game. Junior center Moses Ayegba played a career-high 24 minutes and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds.
After initially gaining a small advantage, Georgetown seized control of the game with a 9-0 run that began to make the score 21-8 with 10:21 remaining in the half. Notre Dame answered back to reduce the deficit to four with 5:24 left in the half. The Blue and Gray, though, would respond with another 9-0 streak capped off by Porter’s fall away runner with time expiring.
The Irish would again threaten to take the lead when they pulled within three points with 12:03 to go in the game. That was the closest the Irish would get though as the Hoya offense really started to click. Georgetown rallied to tally 18 straight points as Smith-Rivera, Porter, and sophomore guard Jabril Trawick spearheaded the offense. Smith-Rivera racked up nine of his 14 points in the run.
“We have to continue to get better. How would I sum us up? We weren’t good the other night; we were good tonight. Hopefully we’ll be good the next night,” said Head Coach John Thompson III on his team’s performance.
Georgetown and Notre Dame are now stuck in the middle of the Big East standings. Five teams, including Georgetown and Notre Dame, have 3-3 records in the conference. The Hoyas will look to keep the momentum when they take on no. 5 Louisville this Saturday at the Verizon Center.
File Photo: John Delgado-McCollum (Jan. 16, vs. Providence)