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November 21, 2012

Close but no cigar

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Comeback Falls Short in Overtime as Georgetown Loses to No. 1 Indiana, 82-72





BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The young Georgetown Hoyas battled back and forth with the No. 1-ranked team in the country on Tuesday night in the championship game of the Legends Classic, out-scored the Hoosiers 8-1 over the final 1;18 to force overtime on a layup from sophomore forward Otto Porter (Morley, Mo./Scott County Central), but fell short in overtime in an 82-72 loss at the Barclays Center. The loss is the first of the season for the Hoyas, who are now 3-1.

Sophomore guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) scored a team-high 20 points before fouling out, while Porter added 15 points, five rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals, sophomore forward Greg Whittington(Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills) picked up 12 points and had six rebounds, while sophomore center Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) chipped in with 11 points and four rebounds before fouling out.

Trailing 63-56 with 1;08 to play, three-pointers from Starks and Porter cut the lead to 63-62 with 31 seconds left. After one of two free throws from Indiana's Yogi Ferrell, Georgetown had the ball with 24 seconds. Following a timeout, Porter drove to the basket and hit his pull-up to tie the game and a flailing attempt from IU's Jordan Hulls was off the mark at the buzzer.

In the overtime period, IU scored the first six points to take a 70-64 lead and Starks free throws cut the lead to four points. The Hoosiers then hit 5-of-6 free throws and a three-pointer from Kevin Ferrell made it 78-68 with 59 seconds left. Georgetown hit all eight of its free throws attempts in the overtime, but did not connect on a field goal and fell short in the extra five minutes.

Trailing by four points at the half, 36-32, IU pushed the lead to five points, 44-39, on a three-pointer from Christian Watford at 15:34. The Hoyas, however, went on an 8-0 run and opened a 47-44 lead on a driving layup from sophomore guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) with 11:24 left. Trawick hit another driving layup with 10:31 to play, making it 49-45.

The Hoosiers took the lead back on consecutive three-points from Remy Abell and Jordan Hulls and that triggered an 18-7 run over 9:43, taking a 63-56 lead on free throws from Cody Zeller before Porter the Hoyas finished regulation in dramatic fashion.

The first half was a back-and-forth battle befitting a pair of heavyweights. There were four ties and nine lead changes. Georgetown's largest lead was five points, 23-18, on a three-pointer from Whittington with 10:28 remaining before intermission. Indiana's biggest lead was seven points, 33-26, on a three-pointer from Remy Abell with 4:22 left in the half.

It was also a long distance shootout, with Georgetown hitting eight three-pointers - including three more from Starks after he hit three in the win over UCLA on Monday night - and Indiana connecting on six. After taking a 23-18 lead on Whittington's three, freshman guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./Central) gave GU a 26-23 lead at 8:14. The Hoosiers would go on a 10-0 run to take the 33-26 lead. GU was scoreless for 5:15 until another three from Whittington - this one at 3:12 - and another three from Trawick pulled the Hoyas to within 33-32 before IU went to the break up four points.

Georgetown finished the game shooting 44.1 percent from the floor (26-of-59), hit 42.3 percent of its three-pointers (11-of-26) and was 9-of-10 from the field, including 8-of-8 in the overtime period. Trawick finished with seven points and two rebounds while junior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) added four points, three rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal.

Starks, who scored a career-high 23 points in the win over UCLA, and averaged 21.5 points for the two games, was named to the all-tournament team.

Georgetown returns home this weekend, hosting Mount St. Mary's on Saturday, Nov. 24 at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for noon and the game will be shown live on ESPN3 and can be heard locally on Sports Talk AM 570.


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