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Recap: Georgetown 67, St Johns 51
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Date: January 12, 2013 11:00 AM EDT
  

NEW YORK (AP) - John Thompson III entered Madison Square Garden on Saturday morning not knowing how his team would respond to a two-game losing streak in which the 19th-ranked Hoyas scored 48 points in each game and were throttled at home in the second.

He found out in a hurry.

Georgetown took a 23-point lead in the first half and cruised to a 67-51 victory over St. John's, showing flurries of offense and a superior defense.

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``You lose a couple of games and sometimes you feel like you're never going to win another game,' Thompson said. ``Our guys responded today up and down the line. We had energy, enthusiasm, communication with each other. We played well, It was fun.'

Otto Porter had 19 points and a season-high 14 rebounds, and Martel Starks had 17 points for the Hoyas (11-3, 1-2 Big East), who certainly didn't look like a 48-point team. There was plenty of offense from them in this game as they continued their great defense in taking a 36-19 halftime lead after being up by 33-10.

Georgetown reached 48 points with 13:36 to play, taking a 21-point lead. The Hoyas' biggest lead of the game was 26 points.

They were coming off a 73-48 loss to Pittsburgh, their worst home loss in 40 years.

``The last game we were terrible in every facet of basketball, not just scoring,' Thompson said. ``But we worked on our offense and stressed a few things and saw a few things we had to adjust and we did OK today.'

The Hoyas, who came in allowing 55.7 points per game and shooting 38.7 percent from the field, improved those numbers with the suffocating defense they have played all season. They outrebounded St. John's 48-33.

``We just played defense. No tricks. No gimmicks,' Stark said. ``You have your teammates' back. The things we've emphasized from day one. We're a good defensive team but we have to keep getting better.'

Jamal Branch had 16 points and JaKarr Sampson added 12 for the Red Storm (9-7, 1-3), who have lost three straight and four of five. The lone win was at then-No. 14 Cincinnati.

For the second straight game, St. John's hurt itself at the free-throw line. The Red Storm went 15 of 27 at the line this week in a two-point loss to Rutgers. On Saturday, they were 6 of 16.

``We're very embarrassed but we have to get back to work,' Sir'Dominic Pointer of St. John's said. ``Notre Dame is right around the corner, and we can't dwell on it. This is a bad loss for us, but we have to snap back quick.'

St. John's missed 13 of its 16 3-point attempts, with the three makes coming in the final 2:09. The Red Storm came in shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc, 11th in the Big East.

``It was a dominating performance by Georgetown,' St. John's coach Steve Lavin said. ``We got taken to the woodshed in all aspects of play. They beat us to the punch from start to finish. It's not that complicated. It's simple.'

Georgetown played without sophomore forward Greg Whittington, who missed the game for a violation of team rules. No details were provided.

The 6-foot-8 Whittington had started all 13 games and is second on the team in scoring (12.1) and rebounding (7.0).

``Certain people had to step up to carry the load,' Porter said. ``It's a team effort.'

When Thompson was asked whether Whittington would be back for the next game he said, ``I can't tell you right now.'

Georgetown avoided its first 0-3 start in the conference since 1998-99.

It was the Hoyas' fourth straight win in the series and the 10th in the last 13 games. The teams play again Feb. 2 in Washington.

It was the fewest points St. John's scored in a half this season and it was the biggest halftime deficit the Red Storm faced this season.

Chris Obekpa's six blocks gave him 82 for the season, breaking the tie with Walter Berry for the St. John's season record of 76.

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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 GEORGE  -115   -1   118.5 
 STJOHN  -105   +1   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 GEORGE     -1.5   118 
 STJOHN     +1.5   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 GEORGE  n/a   70%   46% 
 STJOHN  n/a   30%   54% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NCAA BK RECAPS
 Saturday, Jan 12
 
    Georgetown at St Johns
11:00 AM EDT
    Virginia at Clemson
12:00 PM EDT
    Delaware at Georgia State
12:00 PM EDT
    Minnesota at Indiana
12:00 PM EDT
    Duke at North Carolina State
12:00 PM EDT
    Villanova at Syracuse
12:00 PM EDT
    Northeastern at Towson
12:00 PM EDT
    Marquette at Pittsburgh
12:00 PM EDT
    Tennessee at Alabama
1:00 PM EDT
    Mississippi St at Georgia
1:45 PM EDT
    Auburn at South Carolina
1:45 PM EDT
    Kansas State at West Virginia
1:45 PM EDT
    UCLA at Colorado
2:00 PM EDT
    North Carolina at Florida State
2:00 PM EDT
    Texas at Iowa State
2:00 PM EDT
    Bradley at Northern Iowa
2:00 PM EDT
    Valparaiso at Wisconsin Milwaukee
2:00 PM EDT
    Illinois at Wisconsin
2:15 PM EDT
    Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech
2:30 PM EDT
    Fresno State at New Mexico
3:00 PM EDT
    Tulane at Southern Methodist
3:00 PM EDT
    Oklahoma State at Oklahoma
3:00 PM EDT
    Montana State at North Dakota
3:00 PM EDT
    Washington State at California
4:00 PM EDT
    Harvard at Dartmouth
4:00 PM EDT
    William Mary at Hofstra
4:00 PM EDT
    Texas AM at Kentucky
4:00 PM EDT
    Florida at Louisiana State
4:00 PM EDT
    Kansas at Texas Tech
4:00 PM EDT
    George Washington at Xavier
4:00 PM EDT
    Boston College at Wake Forest
4:00 PM EDT
    Detroit at Cleveland State
4:30 PM EDT
    Vanderbilt at Arkansas
6:00 PM EDT
    Saint Louis at Temple
6:00 PM EDT
    Southern Cal at Utah
6:00 PM EDT
    Montana at Northern Colo
6:30 PM EDT
    Northridge at UC Irvine
7:00 PM EDT
    Hawaii at Long Beach State
7:00 PM EDT
    Colorado State at San Diego State
8:00 PM EDT
    Drake at Illinois State
8:00 PM EDT
    Missouri at Mississippi
8:00 PM EDT
    Indiana State at Southern Illinois
8:00 PM EDT
    Arizona at Oregon State
8:00 PM EDT
    Florida Atlantic at W. Kentucky
8:00 PM EDT
    Memphis at UAB
8:30 PM EDT
    Sacramento State at Eastern Washington
9:00 PM EDT
    Cal Riverside at Cal State Fullerton
9:00 PM EDT
    Idaho State at Southern Utah
9:00 PM EDT
    Santa Barbara at UC Davis
10:00 PM EDT
    Air Force at UNLV
10:00 PM EDT
    Cal Poly SLO at Pacific
10:00 PM EDT
    Northern Arizona at Portland State
10:30 PM EDT
    Washington at Stanford
11:00 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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