UConn Basketball

with Kevin Duffy

Georgetown 79, Uconn 78 (2 OT)

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Otto Porter Jr. went coast-to-coast for a layup with eight seconds to complete a miraculous comeback in the second overtime and propel Georgetown to a 79-78 victory Wednesday at Gampel Pavilion.

Shabazz Napier, heroic in overtime all year, drilled a clutch 3-pointer in the second extra period to give UConn a 75-71 lead.

D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera hit a 3-pointer from the left wing to cut UConn’s lead—which was six at one point—to 78-77. From there, Napier turned the ball over and Porter coasted past the Huskies defense for the lay-in.

STAR OF THE GAME: DeAndre Daniels outplayed the likely Big East Player of the Year, Georgetown forward Otto Porter Jr. UConn’s 6-foot-8 sophomore defended Porter down the stretch, blocked his shot three times, poured in 25 points and corralled 10 rebounds.

KEY TO THE WIN: Georgetown hit eight 3-pointers in the first 11 minutes of the second half and finished with 11 for the game. The Huskies were 11-for-29 from deep, none bigger than an Omar Calhoun longball from the left wing that forced overtime with 2.2 seconds remaining. Boatright’s final attempt, a desperation 3-pointer from the corner, skimmed the backboard and rattled out.

*Tied at 69 with under a minute remaining in the first overtime, Napier launched a difficult fadeaway On the ensuing possession, Daniels got a piece of a Porter fallaway, and a running Boatright 3-pointer nearly banked in, sending the game to double-overtime.

*Down 12, UConn went on a quick 9-0 run, powered by Daniels, to cut the lead to 60-57. Two late UConn miscues—a Napier turnover and a Ryan Boatright missed free throw—gave way to some Georgetown mistakes, and overtime ensued.

*After a drive to score his first points, Shabazz Napier landed on the shoe of Georgetown’s Mikael Hopkins, re-injuring the right foot that has bothered him since the summer. Napier had surgery on the foot in September. After last Saturday’s win over DePaul, the junior guard said the foot was “still bothering him a little bit.” He returned with 14:20 and struggled to 16 points.

*Phil Nolan, scoreless in Big East play prior to Wednesday, had more first half points than Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright and Otto Porter combined. Porter finished with 22.

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