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             === Hoyas thump American for seventh straight win ===
 
 Washington,  DC  (Sports Network) - Otto  Porter had 16 points and 13 rebounds
 to lead No.  15 Georgetown past  American University,  65-48,  at the  Verizon
 Center.
 
 Greg  Whittington  added 13  points for  the Hoyas (10-1),  who have won seven
 straight since their lone loss of the season.
 
 "I'm  happy  with where we are,"  Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "We
 all  realize there are so many areas of the game that we can get better at. So
 am  I  happy with  10-1? Yes,  but I  do realize  that we  have to continue to
 improve."
 
 Daniel  Munoz paced  the  Eagles (4-8)  with 15  points  and Stephen  Lumpkins
 followed  with 10 for American, which has now dropped three in a row and seven
 of nine overall.
 
 Georgetown  controlled the game from the start,  opening the first half with a
 10-3 run to jump out to the early lead.
 
 Marko Vasic put an end to the spurt with a 3-pointer, but Porter answered with
 a shot from beyond the arc at the other end that was followed by a Whittington
 three-point play to open up a double-digit lead.
 
 American  answered with an 8-4 push to close its gap to 20-14, but consecutive
 3-pointers  by  D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and  Porter around a Lumpkins layup put
 the Hoyas back on top by 10 points at the midpoint of the first half.
 
 The  Eagles  later cut their  deficit to  six points again before Whittington,
 Jabril  Trawick  and Markel Starks each  connected on treys during an 11-2 run
 that gave Georgetown a 40-25 lead at the break.
 
 The  Hoyas carried  that momentum into the second half, opening the frame with
 an  8-0  spurt to jump  ahead, 48-25, and they  maintained at least a 14-point
 edge from there as they cruised through the second half.
 
 "I  do think that  we do bring some positives out of this game," said American
 coach  Jeff Jones. "Hopefully nobody feels good about losing regardless of who
 the  opponent is, but I thought we stayed with it and we played a lot of young
 guys,  which  is something  that I  think we  will probably  be doing more and
 more."
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Georgetown  leads  the all-time series between  the schools, 45-8, and has won
 nine  straight games over  the Eagles ... The Hoyas shot 44.2 percent from the
 floor while holding American to just 28.6 percent shooting ... Georgetown held
 a 42-30 advantage on the glass.
 
 12/22 16:18:35 ET

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