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The Morning After: Georgetown Hoyas vs. Connecticut Huskies

What the professionals are saying about the Hoyas.

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Georgetown vs. Connecticut: Porter Jr. rescues No. 7 Hoyas in double-overtime - The Washington Post
It was Georgetown’s first victory in four attempts at Gampel Pavilion. Afterward, Coach John Thompson III recalled the Hoyas’ last futile outing, which came during his first season on the Hilltop. His Hoyas played so poorly and with so little fight, he recalled, that he yanked all of his starters and replaced with them reserves with more than 10 minutes remaining.

UConn Men: The UConn men fall to Georgetown in double overtime, 79-78 -
Georgetown does not sit atop the Big East and is not ranked seventh for nothing, and Otto Porter Jr. is not considered the best player in the league for nothing. Porter, who was shut down for long stretches by UConn's defense, hit a three-pointer to give the Hoyas life. Then D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera hit a three to bring Georgetown within one, as UConn's offense sputtered at the crucial moment.

Georgetown Hoyas recover in time to beat UConn Huskies in 2 OTs - college basketball - ESPN
"Everything happens for a reason, and this reason is teaching us another life lesson through this book that we're writing," Ollie said. "Another chapter. … Adversity is the intersection between character and opportunity. This team has character, and we had a great opportunity." The Hoyas have had plenty, too, and continue to take advantage of them. What's next for Georgetown is still unknown since this team has a chance to make a deep run once it gets out of the Big East. "I think we're playing our best basketball now," Thompson said. "I hope we're playing our best basketball in two weeks and then again in three weeks."

Late Night Snacks: Georgetown is rolling, Penn State shocks Michigan | CollegeBasketballTalk
Otto Porter, as you’ll read below, was everything Georgetown needed and more Wednesday. He was key in each of the Hoyas’ last three possessions, but it was also his supporting cast that came up in a big spot. Without Greg Whittington because of his ineligibility, freshman D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera has emerged as a legitimate third scoring option with 14 points in the win. Add that to Markel Starks and package it all with a team focused on defense, and it’s no wonder why Georgetown is on such a streak.

Connecticut vs. Georgetown - Postgame Quotes - Georgetown University Official Athletic Site
Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III That was a hell of a basketball game right there. The guys in the other locker room, they could have cashed it in......They fought and fought and fought. We had our chances to end it. We didn't. Then we could have cashed it in. We fought and fought and fought. That's a terrific team. That's not a good win; it's was a great win. It turned into a shootout [in the second half]. Let's see who can make the most threes. It felt like they were making two for every one of ours.

UCONN MEN'S BASKETBALL: No. 7 Georgetown rallies to stun Huskies in double overtime- The New Haven Register - Serving New Haven, Connecticut
As it is, the Hoyas won for the first time in four tries at Gampel. "Hartford, Storrs, Fairfield, wherever," Hoya coach John Thompson III said. "This was a great game."

NCAA College Basketball Recap - Georgetown Hoyas at Connecticut Huskies - Feb 27, 2013 -
Giffey made one free throw with 2:03 left in the second overtime to make it 78-71. There was a sigh of relief as the fans, and the Huskies, seemed to think it was over. Nobody told the Hoyas. Porter and Smith-Rivera hit 3s to make it a one-point game with 50 seconds left. After a turnover, Porter scored with 9.5 seconds left. The Huskies had one last chance but Boatright's shot from in front of the UConn bench bounced off the rim,

Watch Otto Porter Lead Georgetown Back in the Final 2 Minutes of Double OT to Beat UConn [VIDEO] | The Big Lead
The Hoyas, thought to be rebuilding after losing three starters (Henry Sims, Jason Clark and Hollis Thompson), are now 22-4, winners of 10 straight, and leading the Big East. If they’re able to win their final three regular season games (including vs. Syracuse), and then win the Big East tournament, they’ll have a No. 1 seed in March.

Otto Porter delivers again in 2OT win over UConn (VIDEO) | CollegeBasketballTalk
If there was any question about Porter as the Big East Player of the Year, those doubts should be laid to rest, and he has now moved squarely into the discussion for National Player of the Year.