Georgetown 83, Providence 71 - If the second half had continued the way that the first half had ended, this game would have been one for the ages. Bryce Cotton broke a stretch where Providence went without a field goal for more than six minutes with a three pointer to cut Georgetown's lead to nine points. The senior guard end up scoring 19 of the next 21 points before halftime for the Friars, and they went into the locker room with a 36-32 lead.
But that's why John Thompson III gets paid the big bucks. In the second half, Cotton took just eight shots, making three. Two of his attempts and one of his makes came in the final 30 seconds, when the game had already slipped away from the Friars.
It was never a big run by the Hoyas that turned the game. Yes, they had a 9-0 run in the middle of the second half, but all that did was turn a seven point Friars lead into a two point Hoyas advantage. They wouldn't even hold onto that lead for very long, as Josh Fortune would hit a three pointer on the next possession to give the lead back to PC. But there was still seven and a half minutes left, and Georgetown just wore Providence down. A 4-0 burst, then a 5-0 burst. It doesn't look impressive in the play by play. But all of a sudden, Georgetown had a 10 point lead with 90 seconds to play, and that was that.
Cotton finished with a game high 31 points, and yes, as usual, he played the entire game. D`Vauntes Smith-Rivera finished with 22 to lead Georgetown, including his first two three pointer makes in more than two weeks. Georgetown has now won four straight after losing five straight. Casual Hoya can tell you more, if you're so inclined.