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Hoyas show rapid growth

Georgetown’s Mikael Hopkins, left, and Tyler Adams celebrate as Memphis’ Antonio Barton kneels down in frustration.

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Georgetown’s Mikael Hopkins, left, and Tyler Adams celebrate as Memphis’ Antonio Barton kneels down in frustration.

LAHAINA, Hawaii — Despite losing by just four to a Top 25 team, Georgetown coach John Thompson III was frustrated at his young squad for failing to make plays down the stretch against Kansas to open the Maui Invitational.

Two days later, against another ranked team, the Hoyas were the ones making the plays.

Jason Clark hit a big 3-pointer in overtime on his way to 26 points and Georgetown played with poise down the stretch to hold off No. 8 Memphis 91-88 in the fifth-place game of the Maui Invitational on Wednesday.

"In the Kansas game, I told our guys we made mistakes coming down the stretch that we can control," Thompson said. "Tonight we made plays as opposed to making mistakes at key points, so hopefully that's growth for this group."

Memphis and Georgetown didn't look like teams playing for fifth place, trading monster dunks, 3-pointers and leads throughout regulation.

The Hoyas went up 90-86 in overtime after Clark hit a 3 with 51 seconds left and Markel Starks sank two free throws.

The Tigers (2-2) cut the lead to two on Stan Simpson's two free throws and had a shot to tie after Georgetown's Hollis Thompson made just 1 of 2 from the line. But Memphis didn't get a good look at the end of regulation and did it again in overtime, with Antonio Barton's 3-pointer coming up well short at the buzzer.

Will Barton led Memphis with 22 points and Joe Jackson added 20.

"It was really frustrating, because we didn't play our best ball," Will Barton said. "We regrouped and got ourselves together … then we come here in our last game and we just came up short."

NO. 2 KENTUCKY 88, RADFORD 40: Terrence Jones had 17 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 15 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats (5-0) in their first home game in nearly two weeks. They improved to 35-0 at Rupp Arena since John Calipari took over as coach in 2009.

NO. 3 OHIO ST. 107, VMI 74: William Buford had 23 points and Jared Sullinger added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the host Buckeyes (5-0), who shot 68 percent from the field.

NO. 9 BAYLOR 75, TEXAS-ARLINGTON 65: Freshman Quincy Miller had 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Bears (5-0) won their second home game in less than 24 hours.

NO. 13 ALABAMA 82, ALABAMA A&M 45: Charles Hankerson Jr. came off the bench to score a career-high 16, and the Crimson Tide (6-0) won its 23rd straight home game.

NO. 15 MICHIGAN 79, UCLA 63: Zack Novak scored a career-high 22, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 20 and the Wolverines (5-1) made 15 of 23 shots in the second half to pull away and take third place in the Maui Invitational.

SAN DIEGO ST. 61, NO. 23 ARIZ. 57: Chase Tapley had 17 points for the Aztecs, who took a 17-point lead in the opening minutes and never trailed to break a 22-game home winning streak by the Wildcats (4-2).

SAINT LEO 66, P.R.-BAYAMON 54: Tom Neary had 15 points and seven rebounds for the host Lions (3-2).

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USF 86, CENTRAL MICH. 80, OT: Andrell Smith hit two tying free throws in the final second of regulation, and Kaneisha Saunders had 18 of her season-high 23 points after halftime to lead the Bulls (4-2) at the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, their fourth straight win.

SAINT LEO 60, P.R.-BAYAMON 37: Sarah Winans had 11 points to lead the host Lions (3-0), who held the Cowgirls to 26 percent shooting.

NO. 9 MIAMI 72, ALA.-ANCHORAGE 55: Shenise Johnson had 18 points to lead the Hurricanes (3-1) at the Great Alaska Shootout.

NO. 14 KENTUCKY 81, NEB.-OMAHA 48: A'dia Mathies had 11 points, seven rebounds and nine steals for the host Wildcats (5-0), who pulled away with a 26-2 first-half run.

Hoyas show rapid growth 11/23/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 11:15pm]

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