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American knocks off Georgetown for 1st time since 1982

Jerome Kersey Classic

FARMVILLE, VIRGINIA - NOVEMBER 20: Johnny O’Neil #14 of the American University Eagles dribbles the ball during the Jerome Kersey Classic college basketball game against the Western Carolina Catamounts on November 20, 2021 in Farmville, Virginia. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON - Johnny O’Neil scored 16 points, Geoff Sprouse added 15 points and American defeated Georgetown 74-70 on Wednesday for its first victory against the Hoyas since Dec. 15, 1982.

American trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half and Georgetown led 40-30 at the break. Elijah Stephens gave the Eagles their first lead of the second half with 11:06 remaining.

Sprouse sank a wide-open 3-pointer, during an 8-0 run. for a 59-55 lead and American stayed in front for the final 8:33. Sprouse made four free throws in the final 19 seconds to seal it.

Jaxon Knotek added 14 points for the Eagles (3-2), which had 18 of the game’s 35 turnovers.

Primo Spears led the way for the Hoyas (3-3) with 15 points and six assists. Akok Akok added 14 points, six rebounds and two steals for Georgetown.

Georgetown was playing without its second-leading scorer Brandon Murray.