NCAA Game Summary - Georgetown at Cincinnati
(Friday, February 15th)
Final Score: (15) Georgetown 62, Cincinnati 55
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Markel Starks scored 17 points and hit some
key free throws down the stretch to boost No. 15 Georgetown to its seventh
straight win, 62-55 over Cincinnati.
Otto Porter Jr. added 16 points and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 14 for the
Hoyas (19-4, 9-3 Big East), who won despite wasting a 12-point lead in the
second half. They are in sole possession of first place in the conference, a
half-game ahead of Syracuse and Marquette.
JaQuon Parker had 15 points, while Sean Kilpatrick and Cashmere Wright each
scored 12 for the Bearcats (19-7, 7-6), who lost for the third time in four
"Basketball is a game of who makes fewer mistakes. Georgetown made fewer
mistakes than us tonight," Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said.
Starks, who gave the Hoyas the lead for good by draining a 3-pointer with 5
1/2 minutes left, went 5-of-6 from the charity stripe over the last 47.7
seconds of the game.
Parker drove the left baseline and hit a leaning bank shot to give the
Bearcats a 51-50 edge with 6:53 remaining. It was Cincinnati's first lead
Starks went 1-for-2 at the foul line a half-minute later and after Titus
Rubles missed a pair of free throws, Starks gave the visitors the lead for
good by burying a 3-point shot.
Cincinnati had a few opportunities to tie or go ahead, but faltered thanks in
part to poor shooting. The hosts went 9-of-28 from the field over the final
20 minutes and finished 4-of-24 from 3-point range.
Jermaine Sanders and Parker both missed 3-point opportunities with under two
Porter made two free throws with 1:16 left for a 57-53 margin. Starks made
another from the charity stripe a short time later before the Bearcats sealed
their own fate due to a devastating turnover. Sanders missed a 3-point try.
Cheikh Mbodj got the offensive rebound, but threw the ball right into the
hands of Starks with 37 seconds left.
Starks converted 4-of-4 from the foul line over the final 31.2 seconds.
"I shoot a lot of free throws every day. It just hurts when I miss one or two
because in my head I think, I shoot so many of them," Starks said. "At the
same time, you have to keep your composure because the crowd gets going and
your nerves start to go. You just have to keep your composure and stay calm.
You practice this shot every day. You just have to stay with it. I am glad I
The Hoyas led by as many as nine in the opening half before taking a 31-25
edge to the intermission. The margin stretched to 43-31 following Nate
Lubick's jumper with 15:17 remaining. Then came Cincinnati's big run.
"That was a tough stretch where they were picking apart our zone," Georgetown
coach John Thompson III said. "Like I said before, we were in zone because of
the foul situation and were just trying to hold on. Once we went back to man-
to-man we settled down a little bit. Also, during that stretch we made some
very poor decisions at the offensive end and we were able to eventually settle
down with that too."
Wright (192) became Cincinnati's all-time steals leader, passing the mark of
189 from David "Puffy" Kennedy from 1977-81 ... Georgetown had lost the
previous four meetings ... Cincinnati shot 31.5 percent.
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