The Morning After: Defense is Back, Otto Fired Up

Feb 25, 2012; Washington D.C., USA; Georgetown Hoyas forward Otto Porter (22) gets tended to after being hit in the mouth in the first half against the Villanova Wildcats at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

Georgetown vs. Villanova: No. 9 Hoyas never trail in 67-46 rout of Wildcats - The Washington Post
"I just remember going after the ball and just getting hit out of nowhere," Porter said. "I was fired up and so were my teammates. I think they kind of read my mind."

Porter Starts, Leads No. 9 Hoyas Over Villanova " CBS DC
Georgetown held a 41-24 advantage on the glass as five players finished with six rebounds. The 21-point win was the most lopsided victory in the series since 1996 when Georgetown defeated Villanova 106-68.

Snakebit Villanova falls 67-46 to No 9 Georgetown -
Then Georgetown’s Otto Porter took a 3-pointer that hit the front of the rim, tantalizingly bounced up and fell into the net. Momentum stopped. If it’s possible to cite one crucial moment in a 21-point loss, that unlucky break would rank near the top in the Wildcats’ 67-46 loss to the Hoyas on Saturday. "That was a big play,’’ Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "Because that was the end of the shot clock. We had had a good defensive possession, they didn’t have anywhere to go, and we just gave him a little bit too much space there. That was a big shot.’’

Recap: Georgetown vs. Villanova - Sacramento Sports - Kings, 49ers, Raiders, High School Sports | Sacramento Bee
"I thought Otto was good," said Georgetown head coach John Thompson III. "I thought it was a team effort today. If you look at the scoring and the rebounding also, I thought everyone came to play."

Hoya Prospectus: Recap: Georgetown 67, Villanova 46
In spite of shooting a combined 1-9 on 3FGs, Hollis Thompson and especially Jason Clark did what upperclassmen do - they adjusted their game to take advantage of what was working (getting in the paint). Hollis' free throw stroke is making me sad, though.

Postgame Quotes -
On the team's offensive rebounding down the stretch... There was a lot of effort tonight going after the ball. Henry particularly, there were several plays where not just the rebounds when you're standing under the basket and you get it, but you see him running in from the perimeter and he either gets it or keeps it alive for someone else to get it. We have to continue to do that.

Vox Populi " Postgame Roundup: Hoyas 67, Wildcats 46
After the team’s worst defensive performance of the season against Seton Hall on Tuesday, the Hoyas worked on returning to their typical, stingy ways, holding the Wildcats to 28 percent shooting on the afternoon. Mouphtaou Yarou and Maalik Wayns, their two most potent offensive threats, were largely irrelevant today as they shot just 3-20 combined. Head Coach John Thompson III, for one, was pleased with his team’s bounceback performance in a game where his Hoyas never trailed. "We’ve exhausted it this week – we were not good against Seton Hall defensively and I thought we were very good today," said Thompson. "I thought we were 180 degrees from where we were the other day."

Wright impressed with Hoyas' Clark - Georgetown Hoyas - RapidReports
Wildcats coach Jay Wright had nothing but praise for Hoyas’ G Jason Clark, who scored 15 points in the 67-46 Georgetown win. "I think he is one of the best players in the country," he said. "If his goal was to get 30 tonight, he could have. He’s just an assassin."

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