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Church, Hoyas roll past 'Canes

Published Oct. 10, 2005

Irvin Church, picking up the slack for foul-plagued Alonzo Mourning, scored 21 points Saturday to lead Georgetown to a 75-58 victory over Miami and a share of first place in the Big East Conference.

Miami (6-17, 1-11) stayed close throughout the first half before dropping its eighth consecutive game and 13th in its past 14. Georgetown (15-6, 8-4) moved into a tie for first place with Syracuse.

The Hoyas' suffocating defense held Miami to just two field goals over the first 14:15 of the second half, helping Georgetown stretch a nine-point halftime lead to 62-44.

Mourning, Georgetown's leading scorer and rebounder, who had been averaging 22.8 points and 12.4 rebounds per game, played just five minutes in the first half after incurring his third foul 4:28 into the game. He had one rebound and did not score in the first half. He finished with a season-low 11 points. That gave him 1,786 career points, good for fourth on Georgetown's career list.

Church, a freshman whose previous high was 18 against Villanova, scored five points during a 9-3 burst that gave Georgetown its largest lead of the first half, 35-26.

Ochiel Swaby, Miami's leading scorer for the past four games, scored 18 points.

FIT 83, Tampa 77: Robert Sewell and Peter Walcott scored 20 points each to lead host Florida Tech (14-10, 5-4) to the Sunshine State Conference victory over Tampa (17-5, 4-5).

Tampa tied it at 63 on two free throws by Matt Streff with 4:21 left. But FIT responded with a 6-0 run and wasn't challenged again.

Mike Rouse scored 23 points to lead Tampa. Reggie Larry added 14, DeCarlo Deveaux 11 and Streff 10.

FAMU 96, Md.-E. Shore 69: Reginald Finney scored 27 points to lead host Florida A&M (12-12, 9-4) to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rout of Maryland-Eastern Shore (3-20, 2-10).

FAMU led 42-23 at halftime, with all the points from the trio of Finney, DeLon Turner and Kelvin Daniels. Turner had 15, Finney 14 and Daniels 13.

FAMU scored the first nine points of the second half and built its lead to 82-49 with 6:29 left.

Turner added 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Daniels _ a senior from Tampa's Bayshore Christian _ had 17 points and 11 rebounds.

New Orleans 94, UCF 64: Loren Clyburn and Ervin Johnson scored 19 points each and Louweegi Dyer added 16 as New Orleans (15-11, 7-5) routed host Central Florida (9-14, 2-10) in a Sun Belt Conference game.

New Orleans led 48-33 at halftime. Dyer hit two free throws to start a 13-2 run at the beginning of the second half to put the game out of Central Florida's reach.

UCF shot just 35.3 percent from the floor.

Georgia St. 71, Stetson 66: Reserve Mark Thompson scored 15 second-half points as host Georgia State (12-12, 6-5) rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to beat Stetson (8-14, 4-6) in a Trans America Athletic Conference game.

Thompson was 5-of-8 from three-point range.

Mark Brisker led Stetson with 22 points.

Rollins 64, Barry 56: Derek Thurston scored all 20 of his points in the second half to lift host Rollins (19-5, 6-2) past Sunshine State Conference foe Barry (11-12, 2-6).

Thurston opened the second half by hitting his first five shots, including two three-pointers, to put Rollins up 50-45 with 9:44 left. Barry led 28-23 at halftime.

Texas-Pan American 67, Florida Atlantic 66: Francisco Siller hit two free throws with nine seconds left as host Texas-Pan American snapped its 12-game losing streak with the victory over Division II Florida Atlantic (9-13).

Chris Jones had 22 points, nine rebounds and six blocks for the Broncs (3-21), who have won all their games by one point.