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Question of the Day
With a recent string of virtuoso performances for No. 7 Georgetown, Otto Porter Jr. is quickly accumulating admirers.
Taking over the game after Georgetown trailed early in the second half, Porter finished with 28 points and eight rebounds — and filled plenty of other statistical columns, too — leading the Hoyas past Rutgers 64-51 Saturday night for their 11th consecutive victory.
“How efficient, how strong. Mentally, he’s unbelievable. So I always thought he was going to be a really good player, but … it’s not even close who is the Big East Player of the Year right now,” Rice said. “And to be honest with you, if he keeps continuing this, it’s not even close (for) National Player of the Year.”
Porter made only six field goals but went 15 of 18 at the line, the most made free throws by a Georgetown player since Mike Sweetney’s 16 on April 1, 2003.
“They’re free,” Porter said, “so you want to shoot free throws.”
He did plenty of other things Saturday, compiling four steals, three blocks and two assists — and, by the way, only one turnover and one personal foul — for the Hoyas (23-4, 13-3). They lead the Big East standings with two games left before the conference tournament: at Villanova on Wednesday, and home against Syracuse next Saturday.
Rutgers (13-14, 4-12) has lost 10 of its last 11 games, but it led 33-29 with under 17 minutes remaining Saturday.
After baskets by Nate Lubick and D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera for Georgetown tied it at 33, Porter scored 10 of the Hoyas’ next 12 points. He was Georgetown’s only player in double figures in scoring, and played nearly the entire way, exiting for the only time with 23 seconds on the clock.
“Stating the obvious, he can score in a lot of different ways,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. “From Day 1, Otto Porter has done everything. And so you look at the rebounds. You look at the deflections. Communication. It’s not just about the scoring.”
Wally Judge led Rutgers with 11 points before fouling out with more than 4½ minutes left. Georgetown limited Myles Mack to nine points on 3-for-13 field-goal shooting.
“They made it awfully difficult to get Myles an open look,” Rice said.
Not surprisingly, Thompson’s take was a little different.
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