No. 15 Georgetown beats Texas 64-41
By JIM O’CONNELL
The Associated Press | December 05,2012
NEW YORK — Otto Porter had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 15 Georgetown to a 64-41 victory over Texas in the opener of the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
Nate Lubick added 13 points and Markel Starks had 11 for the Hoyas, who led by 13 at halftime. The lead grew to 23 and was never less than eight in the second half.
The Hoyas (6-1), whose only loss this season was to No. 1 Indiana in overtime, scored the first nine points of the game, the last four from Lubick on layups.
Sheldon McClellan had 12 points to lead the Longhorns (5-3), who had their lowest point total under coach Rick Barnes, who took over for the 1998-99 season. Texas had won three straight after losing two in a row.
The Longhorns struggled with their shooting and turnovers throughout the first half. The Hoyas led by as many as 17 points in the first half, the last time at 30-13 on a jumper by Porter with 2:55 to go.
Georgetown was coming off a 37-36 victory over Tennessee. It was the Hoyas’ worst effort of the shot clock era, its lowest total since a 37-36 win over Southern Methodist in the second round of the NCAA tournament in 1985. Georgetown shot 36 percent in the game and Tennessee made 33 percent.
Texas shot 28.6 percent (8 of 28), including 1 of 6 from 3-point range in the first half against Georgetown and committed 12 turnovers that the Hoyas turned into 14 points on the way to a 30-17 halftime lead.
The shooting was almost as bad in the second half. Texas, which came in averaging 64.4 points per game, finished 6 of 20 (30 percent) from the field in the second half and was 14 of 48 (29.2 percent) overall. The Longhorns were 2 of 13 from 3-point range.
Georgetown shot 41 percent ( 25 of 61) for the game but the Hoyas made only 4 of 18 from beyond the arc.
Texas again played without 6-foot-1 guard Myck Kabongo because of an ongoing NCAA eligibility investigation.
It was just the second meeting between the programs. Texas beat Georgetown 78-70 on Jan.8, 1972, in Austin.
No. 3 Michigan 73, Western Michigan 41
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Trey Burke had 20 points and seven assists, and No. 3 Michigan eased past Western Michigan for a 73-41 victory Tuesday night.
The Wolverines (8-0) had actually lost their previous two games against the Broncos, but that was more than a decade ago. Western Michigan (6-2) had won six straight coming into this game, including a victory over South Florida, but the Broncos wasted a chance to stay with the Wolverines, turning the ball over 13 times in the first half.
Nik Stauskas scored 11 points for Michigan, and fellow freshman Mitch McGary added 10 on 5-of-5 shooting.
Freshman Darius Paul had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Western Michigan.
It marks Michigan’s first 8-0 start since 1996-97.
The Wolverines weren’t all that sharp offensively, especially early, but Western Michigan couldn’t take advantage. The Broncos committed several fouls at the offensive end in the first half, and Michigan led 25-15 after a layup by Glenn Robinson III. Jordan Morgan pushed the lead to a dozen with a layup of his own, and it was 35-21 at halftime.
The Wolverines put the game away early in the second half. Stauskas made a 3-pointer to make it 45-28, and Robinson and Burke added old-fashioned three-point plays to make it a 23-point game.
It was 51-34 before Michigan padded the margin with a 22-2 run. A 3-pointer by Tim Hardaway Jr. made it 66-36, and Burke connected moments later from beyond the arc.
For much of the night, Michigan threatened its worst shooting percentage of the season, but the Wolverines actually ended up right at 50 percent. It was the Broncos who really went through a nightmare at the offensive end, shooting 29 percent from the field, going 2 of 17 from 3-point range and finishing with 18 turnovers.
Michigan was coming off a bit of a test last weekend, when the Wolverines won 74-66 at Bradley. They’ll face another interesting nonconference matchup when Arkansas visits Ann Arbor on Saturday.
Paul was the only Western Michigan player in double figures, and he shot 3 of 12. The Broncos’ winning streak may have been a bit deceptive, with the last three victories coming by a combined 10 points.