Georgetown overcame an injury to forward Otto Porter as freshman D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored 19 points to lead the Hoyas to a 61-55 win against Duquesne at the Verizon Center.
Porter, a preseason honorable mention All-American, suffered an apparent eye injury in the first half and didn't return to the floor or bench as the second half began. Porter, who averaged 9.7 points and a team-best 6.8 rebounds per game last season, didn't score in six minutes.
Georgetown (1-0) used an 8-0 run midway through the second half to gain a 45-35 lead over Duquesne (1-1). The Dukes later went on a 7-0 run, capped by Sean Johnson's three-point play, to cut Georgetown's lead to 54-50 with 2:27 left.
After the teams traded two scoreless possessions, Georgetown guard Markel Starks made a layup and Duquesne guard Jeremiah Jones answered with a 3-pointer with 31 seconds left.
Duquesne then sent Jabril Trawick to the free-throw line, and Trawick missed the first of a one-and-one. But Greg Whittington, who finished with 15 rebounds, grabbed the miss, took a foul and made both his free throws to push Georgetown's lead to 58-53.
Johnson, a senior guard, paced the Dukes with 21 points and nine rebounds on 6-for-14 shooting. Jones chipped in 10 points, going 4 for 11 from the floor including 2 for 4 from beyond the arc.
The Hoyas beat the Dukes on the glass, outrebounding them, 36-31. Duquesne also shot just 17.4 percent (4 of 23) from 3-point range and 35.6 percent from the floor overall.
Duquesne returns home to take on James Madison Nov. 19 in its home opener.duquesnesports
First Published November 12, 2012 5:00 AM