WASHINGTON — Put the commander in chief on the front row and Georgetown beats Duke with its best shooting game in 30 years.
With President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden munching popcorn courtside, the No. 7 Hoyas shot 71.7 percent against No. 8 Duke in Saturday's 89-77 win.
"The crowd was pumped up, Obama was there, so it was exciting," Georgetown guard Chris Wright said. "I think we all came out with a little bit more energy than usual."
It couldn't have been a much bigger day for Georgetown: the president attending his first Hoyas game, the first sellout of the season in the 20,000-seat Verizon Center, a crowd mostly sporting "We Are Georgetown" T-shirts in a school-sponsored "gray out," the 200th win for coach John Thompson III, the launch of an initiative for Darfur schools and the much-detested ACC power in the building.
"It was good, everything about it, from who was there to how we played against a terrific team, against a well-coached team, against a team that's one of the best teams in the country," Thompson said.
Georgetown (16-4) tied the third-highest shooting percentage in school history. The Blue Devils (17-4) shot 37 percent.
(For more on Obama's visit, see A Section.)
NO. 1 KENTUCKY 85, NO. 21 VANDY 70: DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the host Wildcats (20-1, 5-1 SEC), who rebounded from a loss to South Carolina by dominating the Commodores (16-4, 5-1).
NO. 2 KANSAS 81, NO. 11 KANSAS ST. 79, OT: Sherron Collins bounced back from a back injury to score on a hard drive with nine seconds left, and the visiting Jayhawks (20-1, 6-0 Big 12) won a back-and-forth battle with the Wildcats (17-4, 4-3).
NO. 4 SYRACUSE 59, DEPAUL 57: Wes Johnson had 16 points as the visiting Orange (21-1, 8-1 Big East) rallied from 18 down to win its eighth straight game.
NO. 5 MICHIGAN ST. 79, N'WESTERN 70: Durrell Summers started each half with an alley-oop dunk and had a season-high 24 points for the Spartans (19-3, 9-0 Big Ten), off to their best start in conference play.
NO. 24 BAYLOR 80, NO. 6 TEXAS 77, OT: Freshman guard A.J. Walton, a 47 percent free-throw shooter, made 3-of-4 in the final 17 seconds as the visiting Bears (16-4, 3-3 Big 12) got their first regular-season win over the Longhorns (18-3, 4-2) since 1998.
NO. 9 W. VA. 77, LOUISVILLE 74: Da'Sean Butler had a season-high 27 points and hit a go-ahead basket with 16 seconds left as the host Mountaineers (17-3, 6-2 Big East) rallied from 12 down midway through the second half.
NO. 12 BYU 82, UTAH 69: Jimmer Fredette had 36 points, 23 in the second half, for the host Cougars (21-2, 6-1 Mountain West).
S.F. 81, NO. 13 GONZAGA 77, OT: Dior Lowhorn had 22 points and hit two key 3-pointers in overtime as the host Dons upset the Bulldogs (17-4, 6-1 West Coast).
NO. 15 TEMPLE 64, LA SALLE 52: Ramone Moore had 14 points for the host Owls (18-4, 6-1 Atlantic 10) before a crowd that included ex-coach John Chaney.
MARQUETTE 70, NO. 19 UCONN 68: Jimmy Butler hit a driving shot with 2.4 seconds left as the visiting Golden Eagles handed the Huskies (13-8, 3-5 Big East) their second straight loss.
NO. 22 GA. TECH 98, KENTUCKY ST. 50: Glen Rice Jr. had 15 points as the Yellow Jackets (16-5) won their fourth in five games and improved to 11-1 at home.
NO. 23 NEW MEXICO 73, TCU 57: Darington Hobson had 19 points to help the visiting Lobos (20-3, 6-2 Mountain West) win their sixth straight game.
UTEP 74, NO. 25 UAB 65, 2OT: Derrick Caracter had 20 points and 13 rebounds as the Miners upset the host Blazers (18-3, 6-1 C-USA).
FLA. TECH 86, TAMPA 78, OT: The visiting Panthers scored the final 10 in OT to hand the Spartans (9-9, 3-6) their sixth straight Sunshine State Conference loss.
ECKERD 72, PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 67: Zaronn Cann had 20 points as the visiting Tritons (11-7) held off a rally.