LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Georgetown is more concerned with accumulating wins than making statements with 10 freshmen and sophomores on the roster. Sophomore Markel Starks and freshman Otto Porter made sure the Hoyas did both.
Starks scored 16 of his career-high 20 points in the second half and Porter came up clutch late as No. 12 Georgetown snapped No. 4 Louisville’s 20-game home winning streak with a 71-68 victory Wednesday in the Big East opener for both teams.
“It was a very good, big win against a very good team in a difficult place to play,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. “We aren’t worrying about validation right now.”
Still, it was another strong performance from a team picked 10th in the Big East. Georgetown is now 11-1.
NO. 1 SYRACUSE 75, SETON HALL 49
In Syracuse, N.Y., Fab Melo had 12 points and 10 blocks, both career-highs, and Syracuse stifled Seton Hall at every turn in a victory in the Big East opener for both teams.
NO. 2 OHIO STATE 87, NORTHWESTERN 54
In Columbus, Ohio, William Buford had career-highs of 28 points and five 3-pointers as Ohio State showed off its perimeter shooting in a victory over Northwestern on Wednesday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
NO. 3 KENTUCKY 86, LAMAR 64
In Lexington, Ky., Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 18 points and Kentucky beat Lamar in the Wildcats’ final game before facing No. 4 Louisville.
Kentucky (12-1) opened the game on an 11-2 run and maintained its first-half lead because of its free throw shooting.
NO. 16 MICHIGAN STATE 80, NO. 13 INDIANA 65
In East Lansing, Mich., Keith Appling scored a career-high 25 points and sparked a 20-0 second-half run to help Michigan State hand Indiana its first loss of the season.
Appling, who had 18 points in the second half, added seven assists for the Spartans (12-2, 1-0 Big Ten), winners of 12 straight.
MISSOURI STATE 77, NO. 21 CREIGHTON 65
In Omaha, Neb.,Kyle Weems scored 25 of his career-high 31 points in the second half, Anthony Downing scored a career-high 26 and Missouri State opened defense of its Missouri Valley Conference title with a upset of Creighton.
SOUTH CAROLINA 57, WOFFORD 45
In Columbia, Bruce Ellington and Damien Leonard combined to make nine of South Carolina’s season-high 11 3-pointers to lead the Gamecocks past Wofford.
Ellington scored a season-high 17 points in just his sixth game of the season and Leonard added 14 off the bench to pace South Carolina to its fourth victory in the past five games.
Ellington was 5 of 6 from the 3-point line while Leonard was 4 of 6. South Carolina finished 11 of 20 from beyond the arc.
“We took good shots,” said South Carolina coach Darrin Horn, whose team is now 6-6. “It was good to see Bruce find his shooting touch.”