- No mas: Principal bans Spanish language in intercom announcement
- Hacking software could put ‘zombie drone army’ in user’s hands
- Support for stricter gun laws drops: poll
- 10 whales dead, 41 others stranded in Everglades
- John Boehner faces bipartisan pressure to allow gay-rights vote
- Martin Bashir resigns from MSNBC over ‘ill-judged’ comments about Sarah Palin
- Rep. Duncan Hunter: While Obama prays for Iranian change, U.S. should ready its nukes
- Best company ever? Veteran Beer Co. exists to employ vets, provide quality beer
- Iran official: Sanctions ‘utterly failed’ to stop nuclear program
- ‘Black Santa’ display at IU sparks student outrage
Porter leads Georgetown past Providence 74-65
Georgetown’s Greg Whittington ineligible, out indefinitely
Georgetown coach John Thompson admitted he was "terrified" to play the final 1:29 without his three leading rebounders and his team's 22-point lead dwindled to seven.
Otto Porter and Nate Lubick had fouled out, and Greg Whittington was declared academically ineligible earlier in the day.
But thanks to Porter's 20 points, the Hoyas hung on for a 74-65 win over Providence on Wednesday night.
Georgetown (12-3, 2-2 Big East) has won eight straight over the Friars (9-8, 1-4).
Bryce Cotton, who entered the game leading Big East players with 21.6 points per game, paced Providence with 21 points.
The Hoyas were playing their second straight game without Whittington. Thompson said in a statement that Whittington "will not participate in competition until further notice." After the game, Thompson confirmed Whittington might return at some point.
For now, the Hoyas are adapting without Whittington's 12.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, which both rank second on the team.
"What I've talked about more than anything with them is, 'Who's going to make up for Greg's rebounding?'" Thompson said. "A lot of times, I think people start thinking about scoring and this and that. But who's going to make up for Greg's rebounding?"
Thompson probably hasn't yet found an answer to that question. Providence outrebounded Georgetown, 39-27 — the Hoyas' worst rebounding deficit of the season.
"Greg is one of our better players, and we miss him," Thompson said.
Georgetown overcame that issue by shooting 53 percent from the field (25 of 47) and 42 percent (5 of 12) on 3-pointers.
Markel Starks had 16 points and seven assists, and Lubick added 10 points.
The offensive struggles that have plagued the Hoyas this season scarcely appeared in the first half. Georgetown shot 67 percent from the field (16 of 24) and 4 of 8 on 3-pointers in the opening frame.
Porter went on a personal 8-0 run early in the first half and made a floater at the buzzer to cap an 8-0 Georgetown run that gave the Hoyas a 38-19 halftime lead. That was their biggest halftime advantage of the season, and they're now 11-0 when leading at the break.
"Obviously, in the first half, we looked lackluster," Providence coach Ed Cooley said. "We didn't play with a lot of energy. Credit Georgetown. They came out with purpose."
Thompson, in turn, credited Providence for changing the pace in the second half, when the Friars went on a 15-2 run.
"They just decide to make the game ugly," Thompson said.
After opening Big East play with losses to Marquette and Pittsburgh, the Hoyas have won two straight.
Providence has lost six of seven. Cooley said video scouting gives both coaches sufficient information about their opponents, but that knowledge didn't help Wednesday.
"What did we spend, $500,000 on an editing machine?" Cooley said. "That (stuff) ain't getting us any wins right now."
- Apple wins facial recognition patent for iPhone 6
- First Dog Sunny knocks down Ashtyn Gardner; Michelle Obama yanks leash
- Hola: Boehner prepares to push amnesty bill through House
- Inside China: Nuclear submarines capable of widespread attack on U.S.
- MILLER: Obamas EPA closing smelter will not affect ammunition supply
- Kill team: Obama war chiefs widen drone death zones
- U.S. drops 2,000 mice on Guam by parachute to kill snakes
- HURT: Postal Service misses address by a whole continent
- Inside the Ring: China targeting U.S. spy flights
- HARPER: 'Knockout game' not a myth to liberal Sharpton
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
The Constitution: Every issue, every time. No exceptions, no excuses. And how to get from here to there.
A libertarian look at breaking news and political trends by author Tom Mullen.
A stat-head’s outlook, direct from his worn in couch cushion.
Playing Through covers the world of PGA golf, as well as tips your the average golfer to play better.