New York Colleges: Texas Longhorns
December, 4, 2012
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com
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.
November, 19, 2010
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com
Recap | Box score
WHAT IT MEANS: No. 4 Pittsburgh won the 2K Sports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Madison Square Garden, defeating No. 22 Texas 68-66. Pitt goes to 5-0 on the season, with a couple of impressive wins here at MSG, where the Panthers are now 26-11 in their past 37 games. Texas drops to 3-1, but has to leave the Big Apple relatively happy -- earning a split in two games against top 25 teams, after defeating No. 16 Illinois last night.
TURNING IT ON: Pittsburgh guard Ashton Gibbs -- named a third-team preseason All-American by Blue Ribbon -- had a quiet first half Friday night with only five points. But he revved it up in the second 20 minutes, at one point scoring 10 consecutive Pitt points. Gibbs also hit the biggest shot of the game -- a late trey that extended Pitt's lead from 63-62 to 66-62. Gibbs finished with 24 points, 19 coming in the second half.
SCORING MACHINE: One night after he poured in 25 points against Illinos, Texas sophomore swingman Jordan Hamilton went off for 28 points against Pitt, including shooting 5-for-7 from 3-point range. After back-to-back performances like that at The World's Most Famous Arena, Hamilton's star is on the rise.
BIG MAN ON CAMPUS: Texas freshman forward Tristan Thompson, formerly of St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J., electrified the crowd Thursday night with 20 points, seven rebounds and five blocks -- but he wasn't quite as spectacular Friday night. He finished with just 11 points and seven rebounds, although he did have four blocked shots.
WHAT'S NEXT: Pittsburgh next hosts Robert Morris on Tuesday -- and the Panthers will be back at the Garden to play St. John's on Feb. 19. Texas will host Sam Houston State on Tuesday.