Georgetown eases into two-week break with victory over American

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Eagles no match for Porter, Hoyas

Georgetown played as if it will not participate in a real game for weeks. And in this case, that is actually true.

A scheduling quirk leaves the No.?15 Hoyas idle for the next 14 days. They went on break in style with a relatively easy 65-48 victory over local rival American on Saturday afternoon at Verizon Center.

Georgetown was led by star forward Otto Porter, who scored 16 points and posted his third double-double of the season with 13 rebounds. As a team, the Hoyas hit 10 of 21 3-point shots, their second most of the season from behind the arc.

The Hoyas don't play again until Jan. 5, when they open Big East play at Marquette. The Golden Eagles, who hosted LSU on Saturday, still play two more times before that contest. Keeping his players sharp in the meantime poses a challenge for Georgetown coach John Thompson III and his staff. For at least a few days, they will have off for the Christmas holiday before reconvening Wednesday and enduring essentially a second training camp with one practice after another on an empty campus. But Thompson doesn't want to hear any excuses. He said his team will be ready for Marquette.

"I don't think [the long break is] going to be an issue at all because it's Big East play," Thompson said. "There are a few things we have to make an adjustment to, some tweaks to, some things to work on. So it gives us uninterrupted time to do that."

Georgetown led by just six with 5:52 left in the first half as American (4-8) hung tough on the strength of four 3-pointers. In all, it finished with just seven turnovers, including only one in the second half. But the Eagles just didn't have the size or athleticism to stay with the Hoyas, who closed the first half with an impressive 11-2 run to take a 40-25 advantage.

Sophomore forward Greg Whittington added 13 points for Georgetown. Senior guard Daniel Munoz scored a team-high 15 points for American. Senior forward Stephen Lumpkins added 10 to go with four assists and four rebounds.

"We're 10-1, so we want to come back after Christmas break and keep it up and continue to play good basketball," Porter said.

Porter hit three of the four 3-pointers he took and was 5-for-10 from the field overall. He also had three assists and two steals and made three of five free throws. It was a typically efficient performance from one of the nation's most versatile players.

"I got this idea of Georgetown players over the years since [Thompson] has been there, and they've had really versatile players. And to me, Otto Porter fits that mold perfectly," American coach Jeff Jones said. "You can't pin him as just a shooter, just a driver. You can't say he's a post man. You can't say he's just an offensive rebounder. He's all those things."

bmcnally@washingtonexaminer.com

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