The Georgetown Hoyas advanced to the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament, defeating Pittsburgh 64-52. Georgetown was led by 20-point performances from both Henry Sims and Otto Porter, who also combined for 19 rebounds. Ashton Gibbs scored 14 points for the Panthers, who will miss out on the NCAA Tournament for the first time in over a decade.
The first half started with Pittsburgh grabbing an early lead, and the Panthers led 21-15 with six and a half minutes to go in the half, prompting Georgetown to use a timeout. Whatever Coach Thompson said to his team worked, as the Hoyas started to take control of the game, ending the half on 16-2 run to take a 31-23 lead into the break.
The Panthers opened the second half on a 6-0 run to cut the Georgetown lead to two, and it seemed as though we were in for a classic Big East battle the rest of the way. However, the Hoyas answered back with six straight points of their own to regain control of the game. Pittsburgh slowly faded from that point on, and Georgetown extended its lead to as many as 19 points before coasting to victory.
The Hoyas will now face Cincinnati in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament with a chance to avenge their 68-64 loss from earlier in the season. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 PM but will in all likelihood be delayed by the Connecticut v. Syracuse game which starts at 12 PM. Coverage for both games can be found on ESPN as well as ESPN3.com.