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Recap: Western Carolina 68, Georgetown 81
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Date: December 15, 2012 12:00 PM EDT
  

WASHINGTON (AP) - During halftime of No. 15 Georgetown's 81-68 win over Western Carolina, Hoyas athletic director Lee Reed sat next to Hall of Fame coach John Thompson and typed away on a smartphone, quickly covering the screen when a reporter approached.

This was a day when the routine action on the court - an easy home win over an overmatched nonconference opponent - was overshadowed by the behind-the-scenes moves to break up one of college basketball's most storied leagues.

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After the game, Reed broke his silence, confirming that the seven Big East schools without major football programs were breaking away to form their own ``basketball-centric' group, reviving the concept that created the conference with Georgetown as a founding member in 1979.

``In terms of our model for intercollegiate athletics, our broad base model that's basketball-centric, that's something that's important to us,' Reed said. ``That has defined us for well over a generation. We're committed to doing that. We're committed to pursuing that and think this new structure provides the best opportunity right now moving forward to do that.'

Known first and foremost as a basketball school - Georgetown's football team plays before small crowds on its Hilltop campus and will remain in the Patriot League - the Hoyas were anxious to separate themselves from a conference that gone to geographic extremes to attract schools such as Boise State and San Diego State to stay relevant in big-time gridiron.

Saturday, therefore, no time to be emotional about breaking long-established ties, although Reed did not rule out the possibility that the splinter schools would try to keep the Big East name.

``Georgetown was an outstanding program before the Big East. We've been an outstanding program during our time in the Big East. And we're going to be an outstanding program with whatever tomorrow holds,' Thompson III said. ``The stability is up on the Hilltop, the stability is within our institution, and whoever wants to be with us can be with us.'

Seven Catholic schools make up the breakaway group, but Thompson III said that's not the unifying factor.

``The common philosophical link is not religion,' the coach said. ``It's basketball.'

Many details are still to be worked out in a process that will play out over months, if not years. In the meantime, Georgetown (9-1) has a team that's won sixth straight and has rediscovered its scoring punch.

Greg Whittington scored a career-high 25 points against Western Carolina, Jabril Trawick added a career-high 14, and Otto Porter had 12 for the Hoyas, who took control with a 13-3 run at the end of the first half against a school that fell to 0-38 against teams ranked in the AP poll.

Georgetown recently played a pair of home-court clunkers against Tennessee and Towson, winning both despite scoring a combined 83 points, but the Hoyas scored 89 against Longwood on Monday and shot 49 percent on Saturday.

Tom Tankelewicz made six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Catamounts (4-7). Coach Larry Hunter sat two regular contributors - Trey Sumler and Brandon Boggs - for the first half for missing a video session Friday night.

The Catamounts played Top 25 Illinois tough this month before falling 72-64, part of a difficult road nonconference schedule necessitated by finances.

``I've got to bring in a pretty good hunk of change every year,' Hunter said, ``to help our entire program.'

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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 WCAR  +2750   +18.5   129 
 GEORGE  -5500   -18.5   
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 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 WCAR     +18    
 GEORGE     -18   
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 WCAR  n/a   28%   n/a 
 GEORGE  n/a   72%   n/a 
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 NCAA BK RECAPS
 Saturday, Dec 15
 
    Akron at Detroit
12:00 PM EDT
    Western Carolina at Georgetown
12:00 PM EDT
    Elon College at Massachusetts
12:00 PM EDT
    East Carolina at North Carolina
12:00 PM EDT
    UNC-Asheville at Ohio State
12:00 PM EDT
    Cleveland State at St. Bonaventure
2:00 PM EDT
    Indiana at Butler
2:00 PM EDT
    Wright State at Hofstra
2:00 PM EDT
    Eastern Michigan at Illinois Chicago
2:00 PM EDT
    Texas AM at Oklahoma
2:00 PM EDT
    Southern Methodist at Rhode Island
2:00 PM EDT
    Dartmouth at Arizona State
3:00 PM EDT
    Tulsa at Arkansas-Little Rock
3:00 PM EDT
    Nebraska at Oregon
4:30 PM EDT
    UC Davis at Stanford
5:00 PM EDT
    Nebraska-Omaha at Denver
6:00 PM EDT
    San Francisco at Nevada
6:00 PM EDT
    UNC Wilmington at Davidson
7:00 PM EDT
    Cal Riverside at Southern Cal
7:00 PM EDT
    North Dakota St at Towson
7:00 PM EDT
    Indiana State at Indiana Purdue
7:00 PM EDT
    West Virginia at Michigan
8:00 PM EDT
    Valparaiso at Missouri St
8:00 PM EDT
    Georgia State at Troy
8:00 PM EDT
    Tennessee Tech at Wisconsin Milwaukee
8:00 PM EDT
    Santa Clara at Pacific
8:00 PM EDT
    Kansas State at Gonzaga
9:00 PM EDT
    South Dakota St at Montana
9:00 PM EDT
    Brigham Young at Weber State
9:00 PM EDT
    Florida at Arizona
10:00 PM EDT
    Creighton at California
11:00 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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