No. 10 Georgetown had overcome poor offensive performances three times this season. But none of those games were on the road, and another bad shooting night doomed the Hoyas in a 72-60 loss against Pittsburgh.
In the previous games in which Georgetown struggled to score—against Howard, Providence and Rutgers—defense kept Georgetown in the games. That defense was not packed on the bus on the ride to Western Pennsylvania.
The Pitt Panthers shot 52 percent as a team with senior forward Nasir Robinson making all nine of his shots on his way to 23 points.
In addition to the porous defense, Georgetown was outrebounded. Two areas in which the Hoyas had been great all season became weaknesses against a Pitt team that got only its second conference win on the year.
“In both of those areas we were awful,” Georgetown head coach John Thompson III told reporters. “They got everything they wanted and when they didn’t they got the rebound, and that’s the difference.”
Key Players: Freshman forward Otto Porter was by far the most consistent Hoya as he finished with 14 points and 6 rebounds. For the Panthers, sophomore forward Lamar Patterson complimented Robinson’s 23 points with 18 of his own along with seven assists.
Key Stretch: About midway through the first half, the Hoyas trailed 14-11, but the Panthers proceeded to go on a 15-1 run to take a 17-point lead, from which the Hoyas never recovered.
Next Up: Georgetown will host the defending national champion Connecticut Huskies Feb. 1 while Pitt will travel to face its archrival, West Virginia, Jan. 30.