New York, NY (Sports Network) - Otto Porter Jr. scored 18 points and grabbed
eight rebounds, leading fifth-ranked Georgetown to a 62-43 victory over
Cincinnati in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square
Markel Starks added 14 points and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera chipped in 13 for the
Hoyas (25-5), who shared the regular-season Big East title with Louisville and
Marquette but earned the tournament's top seed.
Porter Jr., the Big East's Player of the Year, made only 3-of-9 shots from the
field, but canned each of his 11 free throws to lead Georgetown into the
semifinals. The Hoyas will next face either Syracuse or Pittsburgh.
Cincinnati (22-11) reached the conference tournament final last year for the
first time since joining the Big East, falling to Louisville, and will now
have to await its NCAA Tournament fate. The Bearcats stumbled down the stretch
with a 3-6 mark in their final nine regular-season games before beating
Providence in the second round on Wednesday.
Cashmere Wright scored 14 points and JaQuon Parker added 12 for Cincinnati on
Thursday, as the Bearcats endured a couple of ugly scoring droughts against
the tough Georgetown defense.
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