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Otto Porter Jr.'s status rises simultaneously with Georgetown's

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,College,Craig Stouffer,Georgetown University

While the rest of the Big East -- and the nation -- is catching on to what Georgetown has known all season about Otto Porter Jr., his play also is evoking memories of Hoyas past.

Porter earned his second straight Big East player of the week award after his career-high 33 points, eight rebounds and five steals in the Hoyas' 57-46 win at Syracuse. He matched the number of points that freshman D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored the game before against DePaul, which earned him rookie of the week.

The back-to-back scoring bursts were the first 30-plus consecutive games for Georgetown since Allen Iverson (38 vs. Miami) and Victor Page (34 vs. Villanova) in the 1996 Big East tournament. That year Iverson led the Hoyas to the Big East final and the NCAA tournament Elite Eight before becoming the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft.

Porter is showing signs of being able to do the same. The current Hoyas (21-4, 11-3 Big East), who have won nine straight, moved to No. 7 in this week's Associated Press Top 25, their highest ranking since 2010.

- Craig Stouffer

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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