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Marquette coach sparks Hoyas' run

WASHINGTON — Georgetown coach John Thompson III was so focused on the details of the game that he claimed not to notice a momentum swing when Marquette counterpart Buzz Williams was called for a technical foul in the second half.

But his point guard felt it.

"Yeah, absolutely," the Hoyas' Markel Starks said. "Absolutely."

The 18th-ranked Golden Eagles were making a run at No. 15 Georgetown, having closed a 10-point deficit to three when Williams got T'd up for arguing an out-of-bounds call along the baseline with 12:13 left.

The Hoyas responded with an 8-1 run immediately after the call, and Marquette didn't get closer than eight points the rest of the way in Georgetown's 63-55 victory Monday night.

"I was just hollering at somebody that would respond," Williams said. "We can make a big deal out of it if you want. I got a technical. I'm sorry. I may get a technical again next year — that's my average — and it'll probably be on the road."

Otto Porter scored 11 of his 21 after the technical, Starks had 16 points and Georgetown scored 24 off 19 turnovers to tie the Golden Eagles for second place in the Big East.

The Hoyas (18-4, 8-3) won their sixth straight game. Jamil Wilson scored 13 for the Golden Eagles (17-6, 8-3), who fell out of a first-place tie with Syracuse.

Williams indeed has five technical fouls in his five seasons at Marquette, according to the school. He used up his reservoir of goodwill long before the costly call, pushing the envelope repeatedly in the first half with strolls outside the coach's box.

NO. 14 KANSAS 83, NO. 10 KANSAS ST. 62: Ben McLemore scored 30 on his 20th birthday for the host Jayhawks (20-4, 8-3), who snapped a three-game skid and tied the Wildcats (19-5, 8-3) atop the Big 12.

NCCU 81, B-CU 75: Jeremy Ingram scored 20 of his career-high 32 in the first half as host North Carolina Central held off Bethune-Cookman (9-16, 4-6 MEAC) for its 11th straight win.

N.C. A&T 64, FAMU 56: Bruce Beckford had 16 points to lead the host Aggies past the Rattlers (6-18, 3-7 MEAC).

NO. 11 BUTLER: Senior center Andrew Smith, who is second on the team in scoring (11.4 points) and rebounding (5.4), has been ruled out for two games because of an abdominal injury.

NO. 22 MEMPHIS: Junior guard Antonio Barton has a hairline fracture in his right foot that will not need surgery but will keep him out for four to six weeks.

CONNECTICUT: Junior center Enosch Wolf was suspended from the team after his arrest in what police described as a domestic dispute.

SOUTHERN CAL: Junior guard-forward Ari Stewart is expected to miss at least three weeks after breaking his left thumb.

TEXAS: Sophomore guard Myck Kabongo said that he is ready to return after a 23-game NCAA suspension and that he should have cooperated with school officials when first asked about a 2012 trip to Cleveland.


NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 93, NO. 10 LOUISVILLE 64: Natalie Achonwa had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the host Irish (23-1, 11-0 Big East), who won their 18th straight and stopped a six-game winning streak by the Cardinals (20-5, 8-3).

NO. 5 DUKE 71, NO. 7 MARYLAND 56: Chelsea Gray scored a career-high 28 for the host Blue Devils (22-1, 12-0 ACC), who snapped a nine-game winning streak by the Terrapins (19-4, 10-2).

Marquette coach sparks Hoyas' run 02/11/13 [Last modified: Monday, February 11, 2013 11:39pm]
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