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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