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March 12, 2013

POY and COY reside on Hilltop

March 3, 2013 - Just in, Head Coach John Thompson III and sophomore forward Otto Porter, Jr., have been recognized for their work this year, being tabbed Coach of the Year and Player of the Year, respectively in the BIG EAST. It's the first time either has been so designated.

To start the year, Georgetown was picked fifth in pre-season voting, and after a 0-2 league start, the Hoyas rattled off 14-2 record in league play, including 11 straight wins. Given their 14-4 conference mark, G'Town is seeded first at this week's BIG EAST Championships at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Thompson owns a 208-97 record in Blue and Grey over nine season, including 99 league wins to 57 losses. Under his stewardship, the Hoyas have won the league's regular season crown three times (including this season).

Porter is the first POY since Jeff Green won the award in 2007, and stands as the seventh time a Hoya has earned the accolade.

This season, Porter, a 6'8" forward, has dropped 18.1 points - second in the BIG EAST, 7.3 rebounds and 1.8 swipes - good for fifth and third in the league. Porter's scoring has surprisingly risen in BIG EAST games by 1.7 points more, each time out, and he has canned 44.1 percent of his three balls, second most in the conference.

Congrats go out to the pair, and other G'Town program members have won BIG EAST awards this season: Thompson (COY), Porter (POY and first team all-league), Markel Starks (third team all-league) and freshman guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (all rookie team).

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