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Big three help Hoyas escape with victory

NORFOLK, Va. — Chris Wright scored 19, Jason Clark 18 and Austin Freeman 17 as No. 20 Georgetown rallied past Old Dominion 62-59 Friday.

"These guys, when we needed them to make shots, they put the ball in the basket," Georgetown coach John Thompson said.

Freeman and Wright scored 15 after halftime and Clark nine, giving the trio all but four of the Hoyas' 43 points in the half. They had all but eight overall.

Freeman and Wright keyed a late 13-2 run that gave the Hoyas the lead over the Monarchs, who had won two of the past three meetings between the teams.

Old Dominion's 23-game home win streak — the fourth-longest in the nation — ended. It blew two eight-point second-half leads, the last at 49-41.

The rally included Wright's catch-and-shoot 3-pointer that barely beat the shot clock.

"Hail Mary full of grace," Monarchs coach Blaine Taylor said of Wright, whose 3-pointer soon after put Georgetown up 54-51. "The kid didn't even have time to shoot a jump shot or a set shot. He just kind of had to throw it up there."

The Hoyas played without freshman center Moses Ayegba, who was suspended nine games by the NCAA.

Thompson said someone (not part of Ayegba's immediate family) paid for a ticket to bring him from his home in Nigeria to the United States. Thompson added that it happened, "before we began recruiting Moses, before he enrolled in high school here."

No. 2 Mich. St. 96, E. Mich. 66: Kalin Lucas, who ruptured his left Achilles' tendon during the NCAA Tournament, scored 15 of his 18 to help the host Spartans lead 49-33 at halftime.

No. 3 Kansas St. 75, James Madison 61: Jacob Pullen scored 20 for the host Wildcats. A 3 by Pullen and dunk by Rodney Magruder started a 17-5 run that included consecutive 3-pointers by the pair and made it 55-35 6:19 into the second half.

No. 4 Ohio St. 102, N.C. A&T 61: Freshman Deshaun Thomas came off the bench to score 24 for the host Buckeyes. Ohio State's other heralded freshman, Jared Sullinger, had 19 points and 14 rebounds. Up 52-25 at halftime, Ohio State scored the first 12 of the second half.

No. 6 'nova 68, Bucknell 52: Corey Fisher scored 24 for the host Wildcats. Fisher, who earlier this year scored 105 in a New York summer league game, made consecutive 3-pointers to put Villanova up 66-50.

No. 7 Kan. 113, Longwood 75: Markieff Morris had 14 points and 15 rebounds and twin Marcus 18 points for the host Jayhawks, who ended the first half with a 27-4 run and began the second with an 11-3 run.

No. 8 UNC 80, Lipscomb 66: Harrison Barnes, the first freshman named to the Associated Press preseason All-America team since voting began before the 1986-87 season, scored 14 in the host Tar Heels' opener. Fellow freshman Reggie Bullock scored 12, including a putback that started a 10-2 run that made it 69-58 with 4:53 left.

No. 10 Syracuse 68, N. Iowa 46: Kris Joseph and Rick Jackson scored 14 and played a big role early in the second half for the host Orange. It was Jim Boeheim 830th win, tying him with Mount St. Mary's Jim Phelan for fifth all time, 72 behind Bob Knight's record. Joseph scored 10 and Jackson six during a 19-5 run that put Syracuse up 36-21 with 14:48 left.

No. 11 Kentucky 88, E. Tenn. St. 65: Terrence Jones had 25 points and 12 rebounds for the host Wildcats. He scored Kentucky's first 12 of the second half, part of a 22-2 run.

No. 12 Gonzaga 117, Southern 72: Steven Gray made five 3s and had 25 points and nine assists for the host Bulldogs, who led 56-30 at halftime.

No. 19 Memphis 104, Centenary 40: Antonio Barton made all three of his 3-pointers to score 17 and Chris Crawford all four of his 3-pointers to score 16 for the host Tigers. The only question centered around Memphis' heralded freshman, Jelan Kendrick. He missed two weeks of practice for "personal reasons," and was reinstated but wasn't on the bench. There was no information on his status.

No. 21 Va. Tech 70, Campbell 60: Malcolm Delaney scored 20 for the host Hokies. Last season's top scorer in the ACC made just 3 of 9 shots from the field but all 10 of his free throws, including two that started a 17-4 run that put Virginia Tech up 41-26 at halftime.

No. 22 Temple 62, Seton Hall 56: Ramone Moore scored 14 and Juan Fernandez 12 for the host Owls. A 17-0 first-half run put Temple up 34-20, and it held on after it became 60-56 with 17.8 seconds left.

No. 23 Tenn. 82, Chat. 62: Freshman Tobias Harris scored 18 for the host Vols, whose 17-0 run made it 40-18 late in the first half.

No. 24 BYU 83, Fresno St. 56: Jimmer Fredette, a preseason All-American, scored 11 of his 24 during a four-minute span late in the first in which the host Cougars expanded their lead from five to 21.

No. 16 Baylor: Guard LaceDarius Dunn, who averaged a team-high 19.6 points last season, will return from a team-imposed suspension for the team's fourth game. Dunn, who missed Friday's game against Grambling State and will sit out against La Salle and Jackson State, was arrested last month after police accused him of breaking his girlfriend's jaw. The woman disputes that and has asked the charge be dropped. Prosecutors have not done so, but no trial has been set.

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UCF 115, W. Florida 61: Marcus Jordan scored a career-high 28 for the host Knights. Michael Jordan's son made 5 of 7 shots while playing only 19 minutes.

Eckerd 83, N. Alabama 73: Wayne Sears scored a career-high 24 for the visiting Tritons, whose 15-0 run gave them a 69-57 lead.

Big three help Hoyas escape with victory 11/12/10 [Last modified: Saturday, November 13, 2010 12:38am]
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