We’ve seen both sides of this Georgetown team in 2012-13, both good and bad, but Saturday at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., the Hoyas put together a strong team outing to beat St. John’s, 68-56.
Playing with a more athletic but smaller three-guard lineup, St. John’s struggled to counter Georgetown’s interior attack and were outrebounded, 38-33. Many open misses on the perimeter turned into offensive rebounds and second-chance opportunities for the Hoyas.
Nate Lubick and D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera led the way with nine rebounds each and do-it-all forward Otto Porter had seven boards.
As has become the norm, Porter made an impact in nearly every category, finishing with 11 points to go with those seven rebounds and two blocks.
Georgetown did a good job defensively of disrupting St. John’s leading scorer D’Angelo Harrison, who had just 2 points without registering a field goal, 0-of-10 from the floor.
The Hoya zone pushed St. John’s to the perimeter, where the Red Storm were cold. Coach Steve Lavin’s team shot just 4-of-17 from behind the arc, though they saw a surprising 12 points off the bench from reserve Marco Bourgault. Without Harrison producing, the offensive load was pushed to JaKarr Sampson, who had 16 points.
There may be one lasting implication of this loss for the Red Storm, though, with guard Jamal Branch injuring his knee in the second half. The official word from St. John’s is that Branch suffered a knee sprain.
The win extends Georgetown’s winning streak to four games. Georgetown has now won six of its last seven games. The Hoyas also creep up in the Big East standings and is now tied for third in a crowded field that includes Cincinnati, Notre Dame, and Syracuse.
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Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_