Final Score: (7) Georgetown 79, Connecticut 78 (2-OT)
Storrs, CT (Sports Network) - Otto Porter Jr. carried the Hoyas again.
Porter scored all but one of his 22 points after halftime and drove for the
game-winning basket with eight seconds left in the second overtime, as No. 7
Georgetown pulled out a miraculous 79-78 road victory over Connecticut.
Georgetown blew a 12-point lead in the final four-plus minutes of regulation
when Omar Calhoun made a game-tying 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds on the clock.
The Hoyas then found themselves down by seven in the last two minutes of the
second OT before a pair of 3-pointers and Porter's driving bucket past three
defenders gave them a 79-78 lead with eight ticks left.
Huskies guard Ryan Boatright, who missed a buzzer-beater at the end of the
first extra session, was forced into the corner and came up empty on a
desperation try as time expired.
"That was a hell of a basketball game right there," Georgetown head coach John
Thompson III said. "We had our chances to end it. We didn't. Then we could
have cashed it in. We fought and fought and fought."
The thrilling win marked the 10th straight for Georgetown (22-4, 12-3 Big
East), which stayed atop the Big East standings with another tough road win
after ending Syracuse's lengthy home winning streak last Saturday.
DeAndre Daniels paced the Huskies with 25 points and 10 rebounds in a matchup
that had a tournament feel.
UConn (19-8, 9-6), which is banned from postseason play, lost for the first
time in six games this season at Gampel Pavilion, though it appeared ready for
a signature win after scoring six straight points in the second OT.
Porter, fresh off netting 33 of Georgetown's 57 points against the Orange,
pulled the Hoyas within 78-74 with a triple, and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera hit
another from long range inside one minute to play.
After Shabazz Napier was forced into a turnover along the baseline, Porter
attacked the rim and got his layup to fall. Boatright dribbled most of the
remaining clock away and was surrounded by defenders as his attempt hit off
the backboard, then the rim to end the dramatic affair.
"It actually felt good coming off my hands, but it fell short," Boatright
The first half was the polar opposite of dramatic.
Porter only attempted one field goal and missed, while Napier, UConn's
leading scorer, was held without a point. Napier ended his drought with a
driving layup on the first possession of the second half.
The bucket gave the Huskies a 24-19 lead, but the aggressive guard rolled his
right ankle on the play and left to have it evaluated.
With Napier on the bench, Georgetown took advantage with a 22-6 flurry. Porter
got going with seven points during the stretch, and Smith-Rivera drained a
3-pointer for a 41-30 lead with just over 13 minutes remaining in regulation.
Napier re-entered a little later, but the Huskies didn't make their push until
there were just over four minutes to play. Two Daniels free throws finished a
9-0 run that got UConn within 60-57, but Smith-Rivera stole a lazy pass by
Napier near midcourt and went in for a layup for a five-point lead.
The comeback appeared to come undone when Boatright missed the front end of a
1-and-1 with 51.6 seconds showing. Instead of fouling, UConn played defense
and caught a break when Nate Lubick was called for a moving screen.
A Calhoun putback cut the deficit to three, before Georgetown's Markel Starks
had a chance to ice it at the free throw line with 10 seconds to go. But
Starks, too, was short on his lone attempt, and UConn rushed the ball up the
court to Calhoun, whose triple from the left wing went through for a 62-62
game with 2.2 seconds left.
After a Georgetown timeout, UConn's Niels Giffey stole the inbounds pass at
the arc, but his clean look came up well short as the buzzer sounded.
It was 69-69 inside the final minute of the first overtime, and Georgetown
retained possession after Napier missed a tough fadeaway. With time winding
down, Daniels got a piece of Porter's turnaround from the left block, and
Boatright's running leaner at the buzzer was off the mark.
"The first half was not good basketball for both sides, offensively, but I
think we gave everybody in the building a great game in the second half and
those two overtimes," Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie said.
Georgetown is riding its longest win streak against conference opponents since
winning 10 in a row during the 2006-07 season ... UConn entered the contest
with a 5-0 record at Gampel Pavilion ... Napier finished with 16 points on 6-
of-16 shooting ... Starks checked in with 19 points ... The Hoyas shot 58.3
percent from the field after halftime. They shot 28.6 percent in the first