12:00 PM ET, March 14, 2013
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
NEW YORK -- After coughing up a big lead in the middle of the game, Otto Porter Jr. and his Georgetown teammates showed off all the attributes that make them a championship threat this March.Porter scored 18 points and the fifth-ranked Hoyas advanced to the Big East tournament semifinals by pulling away from Cincinnati for a 62-43 victory Thursday."I want to say the first three, four possessions of the second half, we looked extremely flat. But then we turned it up at the defensive end. We started getting stops, which then helped our offense," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "For the most part, this group doesn't get rattled."Markel Starks had 14 points and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 13 off the bench, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer that sparked a game-turning run for the top-seeded Hoyas (25-5).
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Player of the game: Georgetown forward Otto Porter Jr. The Big East Player of the Year was only 3-for-9 from the field, but he buried all 11 of his free throw attempts to help his team advance. He finished with 18 points.
X factor: The Bearcats' leading scorer, Sean Kilpatrick, struggled, making only two of 12 shots (including 0-for-8 from 3-point land) for four points.
Miscellaneous: Georgetown led 24-8 early, before Cincinnati rallied to take a two-point lead early in the second half. But with the game tied 33-33, D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera followed a 3-pointer with a jumper to give his team a five-point cushion. He finished with 13 points.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||14-38 (.368)||21-48 (.438)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-17 (.353)||7-17 (.412)|
|FT Made-Attempted||9-13 (.692)||13-18 (.722)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||21 (0/0)||15 (0/0)|