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Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Georgetown 64, Texas 41

By Kieran Darcy



What it means: Georgetown continues to look like a team capable of contending in the Big East. Texas? Well, Texas looks like it could use some help.

The Hoyas are now 6-1 on the season, after their 64-41 win over the Longhorns on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden -- the first game of the Jimmy V Classic.

Georgetown was in New York just two weeks ago -- the Hoyas upset then-No. 11 UCLA, and nearly upset No. 1 Indiana, in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Barclays Center. They seem to like the Big Apple. And they’ll be back at the Garden on Jan. 12 to face St. John’s.

Texas, which has already lost to Division II Chaminade in Maui, drops to 5-3, and still has games against North Carolina and Michigan State before Christmas. The Longhorns desperately need star point guard Myck Kabongo, who continues to sit out while the NCAA reviews his eligibility status.

The turning point: Georgetown scored the first nine points of this game, and never lost control from there. The Hoyas led by as many as 17 in the first half, and took a 30-17 lead into the break. Texas shot just 8-for-28 (28.6 percent) in the opening 20 minutes, and committed 12 turnovers.

Texas briefly cut the deficit to single digits, 32-24, on a 3-pointer by Sheldon McClellan four minutes into the second half. But on Georgetown’s very next possession, Markel Starks answered with a trey of his own, and the Hoyas were off and running again. This was about as easy as a victory gets.

Player of the game: Georgetown entered the game with its top four scorers all averaging between 10.7 and 12.7 points per game -- and it was a team effort again Tuesday night. Otto Porter filled up the box score, as usual, with a team-high 14 points, eight rebounds, three steals and three blocks. Nate Lubick chipped in 13 points, making six of his seven attempts from the field.

McClellan had a team-high 12 points off the bench for the Longhorns.

Key stat: Texas was the No. 1-ranked team in the country in field goal percentage defense entering this game, limiting opponents to 30.7 percent shooting. No team had shot better than 36.7 percent against them. But Georgetown shot 41 percent from the field on Tuesday night -- 25-for-61. A switch to zone slowed the Hoyas down a bit in the second half, but they were still dominant.

What’s next: Georgetown will host Towson, on Saturday at noon. Texas plays UCLA at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, at Reliant Stadium in Houston.