Georgetown avenged its loss to Marquette in January with a 63-55 victory at the Verizon Center on Monday night.
No. 18 Marquette got off to an 11-6 advantage, but the No. 15 Hoyas stormed back down the stretch to take a 33-23 lead at the half.
Junior guard Markel Starks (11 points, two rebounds, two assists, three steals) and sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. (10 points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal) led the Hoyas through the first 20 minutes of action.
There wasn't a whole lot of scoring to start the second half, as both teams combined for six points in the first six minutes of action. Taking care of the basketball was also a problem for Marquette and Georgetown early in the second half.
With the game close and the intensity mounting, Golden Eagles head coach Buzz Williams got a technical foul for arguing a call by the officials. Down by three points with 12:13 remaining, the deficit instantly grew to seven points for Marquette after two technical free throws and a jump shot by Porter.
The Hoyas outscored the Golden Eagles by five points after the technical on Williams.
Despite shooting 39 percent, Georgetown was able to emerge victorious based on an advantage in rebounding (10 offensive rebounds), free-throw shooting (17-of-24 from the charity stripe) and Marquette's inability to take care of the ball (19 turnovers).
Porter finished with a game-high 21 points, five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block for Georgetown. Starks posted 16 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Georgetown entered the game ranked in the top 10 nationally in points per game allowed and opponents' field-goal percentage (via TeamRankings.com).
When I think Rivalry Week, Marquette-Georgetown is the absolute 1st thing that comes to mind.— Ed Daigneault (@EdDaigneault) February 12, 2013
PaintTouches.com assessed the first half for the Golden Eagles:
Two stats tell the first half story: Marquette 12 turnovers; Georgetown 5 3-pointers. Good news is Van, DeDe haven't heated up and will.— Paint Touches (@PaintTouches) February 12, 2013
Chris Torrisi of WeCoverSpreads.com wasn't impressed:
I'm watching Marquette and Georgetown. And no way these two exact teams would be top 25 teams or competitive in Big East 10-15 years ago.— Chris Torrisi (@ChrisTorrisi) February 12, 2013
As the turnovers began to pile up for both squads in the second half, Bill Koch of Independent Newspapers lamented:
Waayy too many turnovers here from Marquette and Georgetown. It would be one thing if both teams were pressing and running, but they're not.— Bill Koch (@BillKoch25) February 12, 2013
The technical foul on Buzz Williams marked a turning point in the game. Patrick Stevens of D1scourse.typepad.com noted:
Looks like that was Buzz Williams' first technical foul of the season, if the box scores in the Marquette notes are correct.— Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse) February 12, 2013