Despite Las Vegas having them as only a five point favorite, even though I called it a trap game, the Georgetown Hoyas escaped The RAC with victory, beating the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 69-63. While Sin City and I were fairly close, John Thompson III and his boys were able to get the victory and help create a mess atop of the Big East Conference.
With the win the Hoyas only sit one game back of the conference leading Marquette Golden Eagles. However, Georgetown’s next game happens to be against the Golden Eagles, providing them with an opportunity to control their own destiny. Although none of that would be possible if the Hoyas didn’t take care of business last night and the moment was not lost on Otto Porter.
Porter scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half, literally carrying the Hoyas on his back and help improve them to a 17-4 overall record, 7-3 in Big East play. Here is coach Thompson III’s assessment of Porter’s play last night:
“Otto Porter is Otto Porter, that’s what we’ve come to expect from him. I thought he was terrific. I always think he’s terrific. We ran a couple plays to get the ball in his hands and he came through.
“He got two big rebounds when we needed him to. He’s one of the best players in the country and the best players in the country come through when it’s winning time. He’s consistently come through when it’s winning time.”
Porter is only a sophomore and has become one of the best players in the conference if not the nation. The diverse forward is slowly getting Big East POY nominations, and the odds of him earning the award can only increase if the Hoyas continue trending upward in the conference.
With only eight games left on the docket, Georgetown can easily find themselves as the top seed heading into the Big East Tournament. Although, the same came be said with the seven other teams who are all within one and a half games of each other.
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