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Late surge helps Hoyas rout St. John's

Jan 16, 2012 - 6:16 AM New York, NY (Sports Network) - Hollis Thompson scored 20 points, all in the second half, and Jason Clark finished with 15, leading 11th-ranked Georgetown to a 69-49 victory over St. John's at Madison Square Garden.

Clark also chipped in eight rebounds and assists for the Hoyas (14-3, 4-2 Big East), who snapped a two-game slide. Otto Porter contributed 13 points with 10 rebounds for Georgetown, which let St. John's hang around until closing the contest with a 21-4 run.

Moe Harkless led the Red Storm with 21 points and 10 rebounds, but fouled out with 5:15 remaining as the Hoyas were pulling away. St. John's (8-9, 2-4) has lost two straight and four of its last five.

"They were really long," said Red Storm assistant coach Mike Dunlap. "We just tried to get the ball in the paint and get them to foul us or get open shots on the baseline or in the short corner. We didn't do a great job of attacking their zone, but I think we just need to get better."

Georgetown carried a 25-19 lead to the break and had it trimmed to three early in the second half before opening a 37-25 cushion on a bucket by Greg Whittington.

St. John's managed to again pull within three at 48-45 on a pair of free throws by D'Angelo Harrison with 6 1/2 minutes remaining, but Georgetown responded with a 12-2 run.

Thompson, who was 0-for-6 in the first half, buried a three-pointer from the corner to start the burst and Clark scored the last four, giving the Hoyas a 60-47 advantage with 3 1/2 minutes to play.

The Red Storm failed to answer, especially with Harkless on the bench. St. John's didn't make a field goal over the last five minutes of the contest and fell to 0-7 against ranked opponents this season.

After St. John's opened a 13-5 lead early, Georgetown countered with 12 in a row and 18 of the next 20 points. Clark ignited the burst with a three-pointer and his jumper with just under 4 1/2 minutes left in the half gave the Hoyas a 23-15 edge.

A bucket by Sir'Dominic Pointer drew the Red Storm within 25-19 two minutes later, but neither team scored again and the Hoyas took the six-point margin to the locker room.

Game Notes

Thompson entered the day leading the Big East in three-point percentage and connected on 5-of-9 Sunday. He reached the 20-point plateau for the fourth time this season...St. John's was 0-for-10 from three-point range...Georgetown had lost three straight to St. John's at Madison Square Garden. The teams will meet again in Washington on February 12...Pointer finished with 12 points for St. John's...Each of the Red Storm's four Big East losses have come by at least 14 points...Georgetown travels to DePaul on Tuesday...St. John's will visit South Florida on Wednesday.