NCAA Game Summary - Louisville at Georgetown|
(Saturday, January 26th)
Final Score: Georgetown 53, (5) Louisville 51
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Otto Porter scored 17 points and grabbed 12
rebounds, leading Georgetown to a 53-51 victory over fifth-ranked Louisville
at the Verizon Center.
Markel Starks also scored 17 for the Hoyas (14-4, 4-3 Big East), who have won
two straight and four of their last five.
Russ Smith, Luke Hancock and Gorgui Dieng each scored 12 for Louisville (16-4,
4-3), which has lost three straight for the first time since 2010. The
Cardinals were the top-ranked team in the nation last week, but have since
lost to Syracuse, Villanova and now Georgetown.
Peyton Siva failed to score for Louisville, but the senior had a chance to
give the Cardinals the victory late. He had the ball in the closing seconds
trailing 52-51 and missed a jumper from just inside the arc.
Porter was fouled with 1.4 seconds to play and made the first free throw
before missing the second. Without a timeout, Louisville was unable to get
more than a three-quarter court heave as time expired.
"We had to overcome a lot of poor shooting from a lot of players, but we did
it with defense, we just didn't do it by rebounding," Louisville coach Rick
Pitino said. "They won the game by us not blocking out twice when we could
have had the lead and that really, really hurt us and that was the difference
maker in the game."
Georgetown broke open a tight game early with an 11-2 run. Porter fueled the
burst with a three and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera hit two from the line for a
21-12 lead with 11:09 left in the first half. The Cardinals managed to stay
within striking distance and got as close as two before heading to the break
Louisville scored the first five points of the second half and eight of the
first 10. Hancock hit consecutive threes to give the Cardinals a 37-35 edge,
but Georgetown answered with a 10-2 run and opened a 45-39 advantage on a
Starks jumper with just over nine minutes to play.
The Cardinals, though, crept back over the next three-plus minutes and tied it
at 48-48 on a Dieng dunk. After a tip-in by Nate Lubick, Dieng's layup again
tied the game with 4:14 remaining.
Aaron Bowen's tip-in, his only basket of the game, gave Georgetown a 52-50
lead and Chane Behanan made just one free throw with 2:22 left to keep
Louisville down a point.
Porter missed a three with the shot-clock running down and Wayne Blackshear
missed from beyond the arc at the other end. The Hoyas, trying to milk the
clock, turned it over with just over a minute left and Smith missed a tough
shot for Louisville with 34 seconds left, but Porter again turned it over to
give Louisville one final chance that ended in Siva's miss.
"We defended together. In the huddle, we told each other we have to stop them
and rebound the ball," Porter said.
Porter had seven of Georgetown's 17 turnovers ... Siva, after scoring 15
points and handing out a career-high 13 assists on Tuesday in the loss at
Villanova, took just two shots and had only two assists Saturday ... Both
teams struggled from the field, as Georgetown made 38.8 percent and Louisville
connected on just 34.8 percent. The Cardinals were also only 3-of-11 from
three-point range ... The Hoyas lead all-time series, 9-4, and have won the
last four meetings ... Louisville last dropped three in a row from Jan. 11-21,
01/26 19:21:22 ET