Washington, D.C. – Rutgers (13-14, 4-12) dropped a 64-51 decision to No. 7/8 Georgetown (23-4, 13-3) Saturday evening in a game that featured eight lead changes and three ties before 12,931 fans at the Verizon Center. The Scarlet Knights (13-14, 4-12) were paced by Wally Judge (Washington, D.C.), who shot 5-of-9 to score 11 points before his hometown crowd while also grabbing five rebounds.
The Hoyas benefitted from a 42 to 15 advantage in free throw attempts in a contest that saw 51 personal fouls whistled. GU made 30 of 42 from the charity stripe, while RU deposited just six of 15 attempts.
BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year candidate Otto Porter poured in 28 points, helped by a a 15-of-18 showing from the free throw line, and grabbed eight rebounds for the Hoyas.
Senior wing Dane Miller (Rochester, N.Y.) and sophomore guards Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) and Jerome Seagears (Silver Spring, Md.) each scored nine points for the Scarlet Knights. All of Mack’s points came from behind the arc.
The Hoyas jumped out to a 4-0 lead to start the game before the Scarlet Knights rattled off a 10-0 run – including five points from Judge – to hold a 10-4 advantage. Georgetown scored 10 of the next 13 points before Seagears and Judge scored back-to-back lay-ups to put the Scarlet Knights back on top by three, 17-14.
After Georgetown built a seven point lead, Rutgers posted nine of the final 12 points before the half to trail by one, 29-28, heading into the locker room. During the run, Mack connected on two three pointers – one from the far corner and one from the left wing.
The two teams traded baskets after the break, as neither squad led by more than four for the first 8:51. Sophomore forward Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.) hit a jumper in the lane to pull the Scarlet Knights within two, 39-37, before the Hoyas posted eight of the next 10 points – including six from Porter – to take an eight-point advantage, 47-39.
Seagears engineered a 6-2 run with five points to pull RU within four, 49-45, but GU tallied nine of the next 12 points to take a 10-point lead it would not relinquish.
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- With nine points, Dane Miller moved into ahead of Marquis Webb for the No. 36 spot on the all-time scoring list (1,032).
- Jerome Seagears dished out five assists, his third game of the season with five or more helpers.
- Rutgers assisted on eight of 11 field goals in the first half and 12 of 20 for the game.
- Wally Judge posted double-figures with 11 points for the ninth time this season.
- Judge and Miller each grabbed five rebounds to lead RU. Miller paced Rutgers in rebounding for the 50th game of his career and eighth this season. It marked the 11th time Judge has led the Scarlet Knights in boards.
- Rutgers wore black uniforms for the fifth time under head coach Mike Rice and third time this season. RU moves to 2-3 when donning black uniforms.
- Head coach Mike Rice went with the starting lineup of Mack, Seagears, Poole, Judge and Johnson for the third-consecutive game.
- The 28 points by Otto Porter marked the most by an opponent this season and the most since Maalik Wayns (28) on March 6, 2012.
- The 30-of-42 showing from the free throw line marked the most for an opponent since at Syracuse on Feb. 19, 2011 (34-of-47).
- Rutgers falls to 4-9 when less than three players post double-figures. It marked the first time since Georgetown on Feb. 9 that just one player has scored 10-plus.
- RU drops to 5-8 when being outrebounded and 3-10 when shooting less free throws than its opponent.
- Wally Judge owns the longest active starting streak at 20-straight games.
- Of the nine players that saw action, seven scored at least four points.
Rutgers Head Coach Mike Rice
Opening Statement: “I know who I am voting for as the BIG EAST Player of the Year. It was Otto Porter and a lack of toughness in the last six minutes did us in. I thought our effort and preparation was there. If they are calling it very close in some of the post-up situations where we are fighting around and playing physical on some of the cutters, it makes it difficult to beat a team like that. I give them all the credit in the world, especially Otto Porter. It’s tremendously hard to beat a very talented Georgetown team.”
On missed offensive opportunities: “Its toughness. It’s very frustrating because there is good execution. There are offensive rebounds. It’s the difference between good teams and bad teams. It’s the difference between winning and losing, when you get opportunities. We did (get opportunities). We didn’t finish our opportunities.”
On Georgetown’s defensive effort: “Georgetown does a terrific job. No one talks about how well they communicate, how well they switch off. They made it difficult to get Myles (Mack) an open look. If something isn’t working, coming off staggers or a pick-and-roll, they have to go to plan B, which in the BIG EAST is create off the bounce. Our guards are still not there yet or doing that. Jerome (Seagears) was in the lane. He lived in the lane, but you have to make positive things happen when you get in there. Playing on the floor is a huge key. He did it in the first half. He had two great assists where he got in the lane, the game was slow to him and he made great decisions. That’s where he has to improve on.”