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Hoyas sputter to victory

Georgetown’s Greg Whittington soars to the basket in the second half.

Associated Press

Georgetown’s Greg Whittington soars to the basket in the second half.

WASHINGTON — The first time it was kind of funny. Win a game with 37 points? Hadn't seen anything like that since elementary school.

The second time, Georgetown coach John Thompson III was more defensive about the offensiveness of his offense.

He said he was concerned about the No. 15 Hoyas' lack of scoring in Saturday's 46-40 win over Towson but not overly concerned. He insisted he has "good offensive players" but he said they are "immature offensively" and "have a lot of growing up to do."

"We have a lot of guys that are thinking, trying to figure out where to go, what to do, what reads to make," he said. "It's something we have to work on."

Eight days after setting the school record for scoring futility in the shot clock era with a 37-36 win over Tennessee — a game Thompson compared to one he played when he was 8 years old — the Hoyas (7-1) made it back-to-back home clankfests by scoring 17 and shooting 17 percent in the first half.

They shot 29 percent for the game and won by getting to the free-throw line in the second half and with defense, forcing 22 turnovers and pulling away — if it could be called that — with a 4-0 game-ending run over the final 4½ minutes.

"It was one of those games where we said, 'Let's try to make it as ugly as possible,' " Thompson said.

"This group, we can win a lot of different ways. We can win at a fast pace. We can win at a slow pace. We can win what purists may call pretty. But we can also win ugly, and I thought that in the second half, we had to win ugly."

NO. 1 INDIANA 100, CENTRAL CONN. ST. 69: Christian Watford scored 21, Cody Zeller had 19 points and 19 rebounds, and the host Hoosiers (9-0) dominated on both ends of the floor.

NO. 2 DUKE 90, TEMPLE 67: Seth Curry scored 23 and hit 5 of 9 3-pointers for the Blue Devils (9-0) at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J.

NO. 3 MICHIGAN 80, ARKANSAS 67: Jordan Morgan scored a season-high 12 and matched a season high with 10 rebounds for the host Wolverines (9-0), off to their best start since their 1988-89 national championship season.

NO. 4 SYRACUSE 108, MONMOUTH (N.J.) 56: Michael-Carter Williams had 15 points and a career-high 16 assists for the Orange (8-0), which won its 28th straight home game.

NO. 5 LOUISVILLE 99, Missouri-K.C. 47: Russ Smith had a career-high 31 points to lead the host Cardinals (8-1) in scoring for the sixth time this season.

NO. 7 OHIO ST. 89, LONG BEACH ST. 55: Deshaun Thomas had 18 points, including a 3-pointer in an 11-point first-half run for the host Buckeyes (6-1).

NO. 8 ARIZONA 66, CLEMSON 54: Mark Lyons scored a season-high 20 for the visiting Wildcats, who improved to 7-0 for the first time in 14 years.

NO. 9 KANSAS 90, COLORADO 54: Ben McLemore scored 24, and the host Jayhawks (7-1) rolled over their former Big 12 rival for their seventh straight win.

NO. 13 ILLINOIS 85, NO. 10 GONZAGA 74: Brandon Paul had 35 points as the Illini (10-0) pulled away from the Bulldogs (9-1) for their first nonconference road win over a top 10 foe since 1986.

NO. 11 CINCINNATI 92, MD.-EASTERN SHORE 60: Point guard Cashmere Wright had a career-high six 3-pointers for the host Bearcats, who are 9-0 for the 10th time.

NO. 12 MISSOURI 68, TENN. ST. 38: Stefan Jankovic scored all of his 14 in the second half, helping the host Tigers (8-1) overcome a sloppy first half.

NO. 18 NEW MEXICO 65, VALPO 52: Alex Kirk scored 11 of his 12 in the second half, and the host Lobos (10-0) overcame a sluggish start.

NO. 19 MICH. ST. 73, LOYOLA of CHICAGO 61: Gary Harris scored 20 for the host Spartans (8-2), who broke away with a 22-9 second-half run.

NO. 20 UNC 78, ETSU 55: Leslie McDonald scored 14, and the host Tar Heels (7-2) held East Tennessee State to 12 points in the first half.

NO. 22 NOTRE DAME 84, BROWN 57: Freshman Cameron Biedscheid had a career-high 17 points for the host Fighting Irish (8-1).

NO. 23 OKLA. ST. 62, MISSOURI ST. 42: Markel Brown had 15 points for the host Cowboys (7-1), who opened with a 14-2 run and cruised.

NO. 24 WICHITA ST. 80, N. COLO. 54: Cleanthony Early had 16 points for the host Shockers (9-0), who matched the best start in school history.

NO. 25 N.C. STATE 80, CLEVELAND ST. 63: Richard Howell had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the host Wolfpack (6-2) in its annual return to its former on-campus home, Reynolds Coliseum.

PLAYER TIRED, RELIEVED: Danny Berger said it was a "miracle" to be back watching his Utah State teammates play four days after he collapsed on the court and was revived by an assistant trainer. Berger, 22, who was released earlier in the day from a Salt Lake City area hospital, said the earliest he could return to the court would be six weeks.


B-CU 85, WEBBER 72: Adrien Coleman had 18 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists for the first triple double in school history for host Bethune-Cookman (4-6).

FAMU 109, ALLEN 59: Jamari Bradshaw had 14 points to lead six players in double figures for the host Rattlers (4-6).

Hoyas sputter to victory 12/08/12 [Last modified: Sunday, December 9, 2012 12:29am]
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