November 24, 2012

Mount St. Mary's Falls at Georgetown as the Hoyas Pull Away in the Final Minutes

Washington, D.C. (November 24, 2012)—Mount St. Mary's lost at Georgetown, 72-50, on Saturday afternoon at the Verizon Center.  The Hoyas closed the game on a 22-to-6 run to break open a six-point game with eight minutes remaining.

Mount St. Mary's freshman Shivaughn Wiggins nailed a three-pointer from the right wing to cut the deficit to 50-44 with 8:29 left in the game.  The Hoyas got a buck from Otto Porter on the next possession for an eight-point lead.  The Mount had a chance to cut into the lead, but missed a dunk with 7:32 left, and the Hoyas responded with a pair of free throws, a Porter dunk and a Markel Starks lay-up to make it 58-44 with 5:13 remaining.

Rashad Whack paced the Mount (1-3) with 11 points while Sam Prescott chipped in nine points and Josh Castellanos eight in the loss.  After hitting 6-of-14 (.429) from three-point range in the opening half, the Mount was just 1-for-10 (.100) from beyond the arc in the second stanza.

The Mount defense forced 17 turnovers in the game while coming up with nine steals.  Mount St. Mary's was held to 33.9 percent from the floor in the loss.

Georgetown (4-1) was led by Greg Whittington (17 points, 11 rebounds) and Porter (17 points, 13 rebounds), who each registered double-doubles in the victory.  The Hoyas shot 63.8 percent from the field while holding a 42-21 advantage on the boards in the game.

The Mount hung tough in the first half, forcing 11 turnovers while hitting six three-pointers to trail 34-32 at the break.  Prescott hit a trifecta of three-pointers in the first half for nine points while Whack hit a pair of threes for eight first-half points.

Trailing 29-23 with two minutes left in the half, the Mount closed with a 9-5 run.  Whack hit a pair of triples with Prescott adding one as well for the Mountaineer points.

The Mountaineers conclude their three-game swing of games in Washington, D.C. at George Washington on Monday night.

Game Notes:  Georgetown leads the all-time series, 21-6…This was the third meeting between the teams over the past five seasons.