INTERVIEW WITH JOHN THOMPSON III
INTERVIEW WITH HENRY SIMS
NEW YORK -- Senior Henry Sims and freshman Otto Porter each scored 20 points to lead No. 13 Georgetown to a 64-52 victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday in the second round of the Big East Championship Presented by American Eagle Outfitters.
Sims grabbed 13 rebounds for the fifth-seeded Hoyas (23-7), who will play fourth-seeded Cincinnati in the quarterfinals on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. Georgetown lost to eventual champion Connecticut in the second round of last year's Big East tournament.
Ashton Gibbs had 14 points for the 13th-seeded Panthers (17-16), who went through two 8-minute scoring droughts during the game and couldn't recover from Georgetown's 16-2 run to close the first half that gave the Hoyas a 31-23 lead.
Greg Whittington added 11 points for the Hoyas, who shot 48.7 percent from the field for the game (19 of 39) and finished 22 of 31 from the free throw line compared to the Panthers' 11 of 18.
This was the 17th time this season Georgetown held an opponent below 60 points. The Hoyas entered the game second in the conference, allowing 59.0 points per game.
Sims finished 7 of 10 from the field, while Porter was 7 of 11. Porter bettered his previous season-high of 19 points against Marquette in the final game of the regular season.
Porter scored the first six points in a 9-1 run that gave Georgetown a 53-39 lead with 8:46 to play. The Hoyas extended the lead to 64-45 on two free throws by Sims with 2:55 to play. Pittsburgh, which beat St. John's 73-59 in the opening round, scored the last seven points of the game.
Pittsburgh won the regular season meeting with Georgetown 72-60 on Jan. 28.