No. 18 Georgetown downs Howard
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Otto Porter provided a spark off the bench with 13 points, and 18th-ranked Georgetown beat Howard, 62-48, to extend its winning streak to six games on Saturday.
Jason Clark and Hollis Thompson, the reigning Big East player of the week, scored 12 points apiece for the Hoyas (8-1), who squandered the majority of a seemingly comfortable lead.
Mike Phillips had 14 points to pace Howard (3-6), which got 11 points from Dadrian Collins.
Georgetown scored 17 straight points to open the game and the Bison didn't get on the board until Collins hit a three-pointer with 10-plus minutes remaining in the first half. A layup by Jabril Trawick put the Hoyas up 23-5.
Despite the drought, Howard managed to shave five points off its deficit by halftime (30-17) and continued to chip away after the break.
"It would be easy to stand here and come up with a bunch of excuses to (how we let them come back), but I don't want to take away from what they did," said Georgetown coach John Thompson III. "They outplayed us today."
The Bison closed to within two points four times, the last with 7:33 to play when Phillips' jumper made it 42-40.
"It's been that way all year for us," Howard coach Kevin Nickelberry said of his team's rally. "I mean, we've been able to compete every game."
Four Hollis Thompson free throws sandwiched around Porter's steal and breakaway slam increased Georgetown's lead to 48-40. Another Porter dunk restored a double-digit cushion for the Hoyas at 55-44 with 2:49 remaining.
Both teams shot 33 percent...Georgetown was 1-of-13 from three-point range...The Hoyas made 29 free throws, compared to 14 for Howard...Georgetown has won all seven meetings...Georgetown freshman forward Tyler Adams will be out indefinitely because of concerns about the health of his heart. He has averaged 2.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in four games this season.
12/10 17:52:43 ET