The Georgetown Hoyas have won six in a row.
Thanks to great showings by Terrell Allen and Omer Yurtseven, the Hoyas romped the American University Eagles 80-60, their sixth consecutive victory. This, of course, means that Georgetown will enter Big East play with a 10-3 record, a mark that certainly looked a little unfeasible after their 4-3 start to the season.
Georgetown was able to get out and run to a strong start. They led by as many as eight points at one point in the first half, but saw their lead dissipate. American went on a bit of a run and eventually was able to grab a lead as large as four points by the 5:28 mark. However, Georgetown answered back strongly. They kept the Eagles off the board and ran up the score, leading 41-30 late in the first half. The half ended with the Hoyas taking a nine-point edge into the break, and American just could not get it going after that.
The Hoyas kept their foot on the gas the whole way in the second half. They were never challenged, and the lead never got lower than 11 points, which was how it actually all started. The Hoyas built up a lead as large as 23 points over halfway through the second half, and of course won by 20. This was an impressive win to say the least. Even with the valley they sunk into, the Hoyas were able to right the ship and finish the nonconference slate strongly.
Yurtseven scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds on the day. Both marks led the team, and h shot 7-for-13 from the field and 3-for-5 from the free throw line. Allen and Jahvon Blair each scored 14 points, with Allen shooting 70 percent from the field on 10 attempts. Blair was 4-for-10, but went 2-for-6 from the 3-point arc and 4-for-5 from the FT line, with six rebounds to boot. Jamorko Pickett finished with nine points, just missing double figures, while Timothy Ighoefe scored eight points.
Mac McClung also scored eight points on the day. But he only played in the first half. McClung was held out in the second half thanks in part to an eye injury. There was no update on him and his health after the game.
Georgetown will open Big East play against the Providence Friars on Tuesday.