No. 15 Georgetown beats DC neighbor American 65-48

No. 15 Georgetown beats DC neighbor American 65-48
December 22, 2012, 2:02 pm
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American guard Marko Vasic (5) battles for the ball against Georgetown forward Mikael Hopkins (3) and Greg Whittington (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)


WASHINGTON (AP) Otto Porter had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 15 Georgetown pulled away late in the first half Saturday in a 65-48 win over D.C. neighbor American.

Greg Whittington added 13 points for the Hoyas (10-1), who took advantage of the sizable talent gap between the Big East school and the Eagles from the Patriot League. Georgetown has a nine-game winning streak over American, its last loss coming 30 years ago when Patrick Ewing and Co. lost by one point in what still stands as the biggest intra-city upset in the nation's capital.

Any thought of another stunner was dispatched when the Hoyas went on an 11-2 run to end the first half, then a 8-0 spurt to start the second half to build a 48-25 lead. It would be a stretch to say the teams are rivals - the atmosphere at the Verizon Center was relaxed, especially with the cheerleaders, band and many other students away for Christmas - and the bigger conversations surrounding Georgetown center on its decision a week ago to join a group of schools that will break away from the Big East, perhaps taking the name with them.

The Hoyas (10-1) have won seven straight since an overtime loss to then-No. 1 Indiana. Georgetown now has a two-week break before opening its conference schedule at Marquette.

Daniel Munoz scored 15 points to lead the Eagles (4-8), who stayed close early with 3-point shooting but struggled to handle Georgetown's pressure defense. It doesn't get any easier for American - its next game is at No. 9 Kansas next Saturday.

Three first-half plays by the Hoyas' defense defined the game as well as any. Porter made a nice linebacker-like interception at midcourt and was fouled taking the ball to the basket. Whittington pulled off a backcourt steal and drew a blocking foul on the way to the hoop for a three-point play. Jabril Trawick had a steal in the frontcourt and fed Porter for a fast-break layup.

Still, the score was a competitive 29-23 with 5 1/2 remaining in the first half. Georgetown then took control, with Whittington, Trawick and Markel Starks all hitting 3-pointers before halftime, and Nate Lubick opening the second half with a three-point play.


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