WASHINGTON (AP) -- Otto
Porter left Sunday's game against Duquesne with a head injury, and
Georgetown men's basketball coach John Thompson III was told his
preseason honorable mention All-American wouldn't return.
"It was close," Thompson said with a laugh.
survived Porter's injury and a late Duquesne run as freshman D'Vauntes
Smith-Rivera scored 19 points to lead the Hoyas to a 61-55 win.
said he couldn't say whether Porter suffered a concussion and that the
forward would be monitored. Porter, who averaged 9.7 points and a
team-high 6.8 rebounds per game last season, didn't score in six
Duquesne used a 10-2 run to cut Georgetown's lead to
56-53 with 31 seconds left and then sent Jabril Trawick to the
free-throw line. Trawick missed the first of a one-and-one. But Greg
Whittington grabbed the miss, took a foul and made both his free throws
to push Georgetown's lead to 58-53.
"I just went up to go get that rebound," Whittington said. "There was nothing to it."
Whittington finished with eight points and 15 rebounds.
"Most of them are what I call 'man rebounds,'" Thompson said. "They're not just the ones that fell to him."
played one half against No. 10 Florida on Friday before the game, the
Navy-Marine Corps Classic played aboard the USS Bataan in Jacksonville,
was ended due to condensation on the court. Florida was leading 26-23,
but the game was ruled a no-contest won't either team's record or
The Hoyas (1-0) have won their last eight season
openers, but Sunday's victory came with plenty of early kinks. Other
than Smith-Rivera, Georgetown shot 5-of-22 with seven turnovers in the
first half. The Hoyas finished with 17 turnovers.
"We definitely were sloppy at both ends of the court," Thompson said.
Smith-River made six of his seven shots, including all four of his 3-pointer attempts.
just so happened tonight that he was the recipient and our guys found
him. He put the ball in the basket," Thompson said. "But we needed that.
There's no doubt about it."
Sean Johnson led Duquesne (0-2) with 21 points and eight rebounds.
First-year Duquesne coach Jim Ferry echoed Thompson afterward.
thought it was a pretty hard fought, physical basketball game by two
pretty inexperienced teams," Ferry said. "I thought the game got sloppy
Georgetown actually still trails its all-time series
with Duquesne, 10-4, but the Hoyas have won both matchups since the
1962-63 season. Georgetown beat Duquesne, 88-86, during the 1995-96