The Georgetown Hoyas went into the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center to play the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and came out victorious. Coach John Thompson III had a great game plan going into this game.
The Hoyas finally played a consistent game this season. They have been very inconsistent in Big East play and they still haven’t figured out what kind of team they are. They lost to South Florida one game, but blow out the Irish on the road the next.
They shot the ball better tonight thanks to Otto Porter Jr., who all together as a team had one of their best performances since conference play has started and since the season started as well. Porter Jr. played one of his best games of the season. He controlled the game from the beginning tip off to the end. Even when it looked like the Irish were making a comeback, Porter and D’Vauntes Smith Rivera wouldn’t let them.
The Hoyas kept pressuring the ball and shooting the lights out to even send the crowd home with about six minutes left in the game. This Hoyas team that showed up tonight, played with some passion and confidence. They crashed the boards, hustled for every loose ball, and were hungry to win the game.
Porter Jr. was the difference maker in this game tonight, with his leadership on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. He was asked how important it was to take the quick lead. Porter responded: “It was key to come out from the tip, get that quick start and jump right on. And that’s kind of what our game plan was, and we just went from there.”
When Notre Dame cut down the Hoyas’ lead to three, Porter stayed composed and continued playing. That is what real leaders do when you are on the road.
The Fighting Irish on the other hand got beat thoroughly on both sides of the court. Even their coach Mike Brey stated, “That was a thorough beating. They really guarded us well. They flustered us with their defense. Anytime we tried to make a little run, they made a big shot. We have to make free throws. I thought we got some pretty good looks from the three-point line. We are just going to have to make a few of those. I give them a lot of credit because I think they physically out-manned us. That is what was kind of disappointing.”
The Irish were definitively out-manned tonight by Porter and his teammates. The Hoyas came to play and hopefully this game will get them on the right track for the rest of conference play.