by David Cassilo / @dcassilo

After three straight close calls, No. 4 Louisville finally lost its first game of the season, falling to No. 12 Georgetown 71-68.

Behind a career-high 20 points from sophomore guard Markel Starks, the Hoyas were able to drop Louisville in their Big East home opener and end the Cardinals’ 20-game home winning streak. Starks couldn’t be stopped on Wednesday night, connecting on seven of his eight shots, including all four from deep.

Starks’ night and the 14 points and 14 rebounds from freshman forward Otto Porter Jr. show the future is bright for the Hoyas.

From The Washington Post:

“Otto, Jabril [Trawick] and Mikael [Hopkins] came in and gave us outstanding minutes,” Thompson III said. “They are freshmen and this is their first Big East experience, but they’ve been doing that since [the trip to China over] the summer. It’s a group that plays hard and competes.”

Louisville wasn’t the only undefeated team to lose on Wednesday. No. 13 Indiana, who started the season 12-0, fell to No. 16 Michigan State 80-65. That leaves just four unbeatens — No. 1 Syracuse, No. 6 Baylor, No. 8 Missouri and No. 20 Murray State.