Georgetown Hoyas Can Now Win The Big East

Otto Porter Jr Nate Lubick Georgetown Hoyas

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The Georgetown Hoyas had a statement Big East win on Monday night against the Marquette Golden Eagles, 63-55.

With the win, Georgetown splits the season series with Marquette and also improves to a 8-3 record, just one game behind the Syracuse Orangemen in the loss column for first place. Sophomore Otto Porter Jr., arguably the best all-around player in the conference, had a fantastic night scoring 21 points, grabbing seven rebounds, tallying three assists and snaring three steals.

Georgetown has been offensively challenged at times this year, but if they score in the mid-60’s, they can beat almost any team in the Big East.

Well what about Syracuse? Isn’t the ‘Cuse the best team in the league? They may be, however, what the Hoyas really proved tonight are a few things.

First, they can win a pressure game. Based upon the Hoyas upcoming schedule, they really needed this one at home against a team that is ahead of them in the conference. Second, they scored the ball against Marquette’s zone defense which proves they have the moxie to go against Jim Boeheim’s legendary 2-3 zone defense. Now, nobody plays it better than Syracuse, but at least they know they can move the ball against the zone and make great decisions about shot selection and getting into the gaps of the zone.

Third, Porter Jr. has shown himself to be a stud in the Big East and they may be able to ride him all the way through March. For now though, the Hoyas have proven that they can win this league.

They certainly will find out in the upcoming weeks.

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