Roughly an hour and a half after athletic department officials revealed Georgetown starting forward Greg Whittington would be out indefinitely because of academic issues, the Hoyas stepped onto the Verizon Center court Wednesday for a second consecutive game without their second-leading scorer and rebounder.
Whittington’s absence mattered little in the first half when Georgetown built what appeared a comfortable lead, but Providence stormed back and forced the Hoyas to withstand multiple comeback bids during a 74-65 victory in front of an announced crowd of 9,210.
With a team-high 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting before fouling out with 1 minute 29 seconds to play, Otto Porter Jr. was one of three Hoyas to reach double figures in the team’s second straight win and ninth in 11 games. Junior guard Markel Starks had 16 points and a team-high seven assists, and junior forward Nate Lubick added 10 points and four rebounds.
“I think our guys, the last two games, have done a very good job of sharing the ball,” Hoyas Coach John Thompson III said. “We’re making the extra pass. We’re setting pretty good screens. We’re cutting hard, which is then opening up our teammates. I think the guys are doing a good job of searching for shots for their teammates instead of searching for shots for themselves.”