The Morning After: Georgetown Hoyas vs. Cincinnati Bearcats

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Porter, Starks have Georgetown atop the Big East - Yahoo! Sports
''There are a lot of similarities between Otto and Jeff in many, many ways,'' Thompson said. ''Their particular games aren't similar, but who they are as people, their caring, their ability to take over. A lot of people want to say that they can take over - and you've been programmed from the first time you start playing ball that good players take over. And you end up with up with five people on the court trying to fight, to show that they're a good player trying to take over, and some can't do it.

NCAA College Basketball Recap - Georgetown Hoyas at Cincinnati Bearcats - Feb 15, 2013 - CBSSports.com
"Coming down the stretch there, Otto and Markel, along with Nate, are the guys that have to make plays," coach John Thompson III said. "And tonight, they did."

Late Night Snacks: Georgetown wins, Manhattan, Iona go two overtimes | CollegeBasketballTalk
The Hoyas took sole possession of first place in the Big East, by half a game, in the road win against the Bearcats. Markel Starks hit a three with over five minutes to go to put Georgetown up 54-51, which was the last field goal the Hoyas hit. Georgetown went 8-for-10 from the line to clinch its seventh straight win.

Georgetown outlasts Cincinnati, takes first place in Big East | CollegeBasketballTalk
Georgetown, the team that scored 37 in a win against Tennessee on Nov. 30 now leads the Big East by half a game. The Hoyas are 8-1 since losing Greg Whittington to academic issues, and have won games in South Bend, and against then-No. 5 Louisville during this seven-game winning streak.

Otto Porter Jr., Markel Starks lift Georgetown past Cincinnati - Washington Times
"We panicked in the first half," coach Mick Cronin said. "We let our offensive struggles affect our defense. You can’t do that in basketball. I was really disappointed in that. "We’d never panicked against Georgetown. That’s why we’ve been able to be successful. We went five years not giving up a backdoor layup to Georgetown. Five years! We gave up four or five of them tonight."

Georgetown stays atop Big East by downing Cincinnati 62-55 | WashingtonExaminer.com
Now, the Hoyas have the longest active win streak in the Big East, winning with a patient but low-scoring offense — only 64.3 points per game — and a defense that allows only 55.7 points per game, seventh nationally.

Georgetown vs. Cincinnati: Hoyas move into sole possession of first place in the Big East, beating Bearcats 62-55 - The Washington Post
"You have to keep your composure because the crowd gets going, and your nerves start to go," Starks said of his free-throw shooting at the end. "You just have to stay calm. You practice this shot every day."

UC Bearcats fall to Georgetown, 62-55 | Cincinnati.com | cincinnati.com
"Georgetown made fewer mistakes than we did," said UC coach Mick Cronin. "They also shot the ball better than we did and they also made free throws better than we did. We tried with maximum effort to do it, but we didn’t make enough shots or free throws. Effort can only get you so far."

Hoya Prospectus: Game stats: Georgetown 62, Cincinnati 55
In spite of the winning streak and the out-right lead in the Big East standings as of this morning, I still have the Hoyas rated as the fourth best team in the conference. Delusion, meet cynicism.

G L I D E H O Y A S: Hoyas are moving "Higher"
Definitely something to keep working on. Free throws made are what dreams are made of. A championship. With a few of the Hoyas in foul trouble, there were no worries for me because I know the Hoyas have each other's back as they've done all along. The Hoyas are in first place in their conference and will not look back. It's about the home stretch. Keep climbing Hoyas! One game at a time.


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