Georgetown bounces Pitt out of Big East Tourney

March 7, 2012 8:03 pm

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NEW YORK -- No. 5 seed Georgetown beat No. 13 seed Pitt, 64-52, in the second round of the Big East tournament this afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

The Panthers (17-16) will not play in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2001, ending a streak of 10 consecutive appearances. They hope to play in the National invitation Tournament. The field for that tournament will be announced Sunday night.

Otto Porter and Henry Sims led Georgetown (23-7) with 20 points apiece.

Ashton Gibbs had 14 for the Panthers, who shot 36 percent from the field.

Georgetown led, 31-23 at halftime. The Panthers trimmed the lead to two in the first two minutes of the second half, but the Hoyas quickly regained control of the game when Greg Whittington and Porter made 3-pointers less than a minute apart to restore their eight-point lead. They never allowed the Panthers to seriously threaten after that.

The Hoyas boosted their lead to double figures for the first time when Porter scored to make it 48-38 with 11 minutes left.

The Panthers held the lead for the first 17:05 of the first half. They led 19-13 with 8:07 left in the half after Gibbs made one of two free throws, but the Panthers would score just four more points the rest of the half.

Georgetown finished the half on a 16-2 run over the final 6:28. Greg Whittington made two big plays in the run. He nailed a 3-pointer and then a few minutes later converted a 3-point play to give the Hoyas their first lead of the game, 24-23, with 2:55 to go before halftime.

Georgetown completely dominated play on the interior in the first half. They outscored the Panthers, 16-8, in the paint and grabbed 20 rebounds to Pitt's 12. Sims scored 11 points on 5-for-8 shooting and had eight rebounds in the half.

Georgetown shot 47 percent and Pitt 27 percent in the half.

Ray Fittipaldo: and Twitter @rayfitt1.
First Published 2012-03-07 16:00:58

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