Otto Porter Outshines UCLA’s Best in Upset Win
All the hype heading into Monday night’s Legends Classic at the Barclay’s Centre in Brooklyn, New York City (where they paint murals of Biggie) was surrounding two key players; Indiana’s Preseason Player of the Year Cody Zeller, and UCLA’s freshman phenom Shabazz Muhammad, who would be making his collegiate debut after being ruled eligible over the weekend.
While Zeller shined in Monday’s opener, leading Indiana to a 66-53 win over Georgia, it wasn’t Muhammad who dominated the second game, and as great of a scoring spree as fellow freshman Jordan Adams is on – after this game he became the 1st freshman in UCLA history to begin his career with at least 20 points in 4 straight games - it wasn’t him either. Leading the way for Georgetown in their 78-70 win over the 11th ranked Bruins was sophomore forward Otto Porter.
Not overly flashy, nor typically overly dominating on either end of the basket, Porter may have been overshadowed by junior guard Markel Starks’ 23 points, but it was Porter who set the pace of the game providing 18 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 5 blocks for the now 3-0 Hoyas.
This was Porter’s first game back since suffering a mild concussion in the season opener against Duquesne last Sunday, and seeing how his squad got outrebounded 40-31, everyone one of Porter’s game-high 11 boards were beyond important. Think head coach John Thompson III was relieved to get his star player back?
“He’s one of the key members of our team. He’s one of our guys that has experience. Is it different without Otto? Absolutely.”
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