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Allen leads No. 5 Duke past Georgetown for 2K Classic title

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Allen leads No. 5 Duke past Georgetown for 2K Classic title

NEW YORK (AP) -- Grayson Allen carried No. 5 Duke to the 2K Classic title. It was quite a turnaround from a shoddy performance against Kentucky.

Allen scored a career-high 32 points, and the Blue Devils beat Georgetown 86-84 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Derryck Thornton had 14 points and Matt Jones scored 11 for the Blue Devils (4-1), who trailed by five at halftime.

Allen bounced back nicely after he scored six points on 2-for-11 shooting in Tuesday night's 74-63 loss to the second-ranked Wildcats.

The sophomore came off the bench and set a career high with 30 points in Friday night's win over VCU and then returned to the starting lineup against the Hoyas and went 9 for 12 from the field in his fourth game with at least 25 points.

"I think more than prove a point, he wanted to show up," Duke forward Amile Jefferson said. "I think the performance he had this weekend was unbelievable. We're not in this game tonight without Grayson. He kept us afloat and he's been amazing."

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Allen went 5 for 6 from 3-point range and 9 for 9 at the free-throw line. He also had five rebounds, four assists and two steals.

"It feels better to play better," Allen said. "That's the simple answer. For me it was about making adjustments and I made those adjustments with the help of the coaches, film and feedback and it definitely does feel better to play better."

Isaac Copeland scored 21 points for Georgetown (1-3), but was scoreless in the second half until hitting two late 3-pointers. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and freshman Kaleb Johnson added 14 points apiece.

L.J. Peak's dunk with 17:10 left gave the Hoyas a 54-53 lead, but the Blue Devils responded with a 10-0 run. Allen got the surge started with three free throws, and Jefferson finished it off with a layup off a pass from Jones.

Georgetown made a couple more charges at Duke, but the Blue Devils held on. Allen finished off a 7-0 run with a 3-pointer that made it 77-69 with 2:46 left.

The Hoyas closed to 86-84 on a 3-pointer by Copeland with 7 seconds left. After Thornton missed two free throws with 5.4 seconds remaining, Copeland's 3-point attempt at the buzzer was short.

"I hit two shots before that so I was very confident," Copeland said. "I got to a spot I wanted to get to, saw the clock running down and I shot it. It just fell a little short."

SOME IMPORTANT NUMBERS

Duke outrebounded Georgetown 31-27 and went 28 for 36 at the line, compared to 19 of 24 for the Hoyas.

TIP-INS

Georgetown: Before hitting two 3-pointers in the final two minutes of the first half, including the late heave from midcourt, Johnson had not attempted a 3-pointer in his brief college career. ... The Hoyas shot 55 percent (28 for 51) from the field. ... Georgetown's only other meeting with Duke on a neutral site was at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, in the 1989 East Regional final during Alonzo Mourning's freshman season.

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Georgetown hosts Bryant on Saturday.

MORE COLLEGE HOOPS: Allen's 30 points lead No. 5 Duke past Johnson, VCU 79-71

More than just a mixtape, Hoyas' Mac McLung drops career-high 38 points in win over Little Rock

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More than just a mixtape, Hoyas' Mac McLung drops career-high 38 points in win over Little Rock

The Mac McClung to Allen Iverson comparisons are outlandish and, as Wizards forward and former Georgetown star Jeff Green noted previously, unfair. At a minimum, any side-by-side talk is wildly premature even though McClung is the most electric guard to play for the Hoyas since the Basketball Hall of Famer roamed the Hilltop in the mid 90’s.

In the 12th game of his college career, McClung made the comparison slightly tangible at least for one day.

The social media sensation – in this case we mean the 6-foot-2 guard from Gate City, Virginia – scored a career-high 38 points in Georgetown’s 102-94 overtime win over Little Rock Saturday afternoon. Based on some internet sleuthing, that’s more points than any Hoyas freshman since Jim Barry dropped 39 and 41 during the 1962-63 season.

In between notables like Eric “Sleepy” Floyd, Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Iverson, Green and Otto Porter suited up for Georgetown. McClung’s scoring performance topped them all.

He sank 10 of 21 shots from the floor including four 3-pointers, several assertive driving layups and a dunk to satisfy the fans familiar with his aerial work via YouTube videos. 

McClung hit 14 of 16 free throws, though the two misses in the final seconds of regulation kept Little Rock alive for a game-tying 3–pointer at the buzzer. His 4-point play with 46 seconds remaining in overtime, set up by a pass from fellow freshman James Akinjo, sealed the win.

“I just tried to stick to the game plan,” the deferential McClung said of his performance. "James did a lot of great things too. We just try and feed off each other’s energy.

Akinjo, hardly a supporting player, had 25 points and seven assists.

“It becomes real fun,” Akinjo said of playing with McClung. “You get the crowd involved. He’s making shots; I make a couple plays here and there. It’s real fun playing with him. He makes it easier for me and our team as well.”

Head coach Patrick Ewing started the kids together in the season opener.

“They’re ability to create and get to the hole, they used that to their advantage today,” Ewing said after the Hoyas improved to 9-3 in their penultimate non-conference game of the regular season.

Anybody that watched highlights of McClung dominate high school games and set the state of Virginia single-season record, surpassing Iverson in the process,  knows he can get to the rim. It’s why the buzz popped leading to his arrival on the Hilltop and the comparisons began.

"It's not hype. The kid is good," Green said of McClung in November. "You can't put these expectations (on him). What have people been calling him? White Iverson. There's no other player that's gonna be Allen Iverson. He's gonna be who he's gonna be."

McClung was all kinds of good against Little Rock. More notable than the scoring fest, at least by those on the media side and long-time fans eager to hear from the team’s stars, is what happened postgame. McClung and Akinjo joined Ewing for the postgame press conference.

Georgetown’s long-standing policy dating back to at least Ewing’s arrival in 1981 precludes freshmen from engaging officially with reporters. No matter the talents and interest, the Hoyas never waver from this approach.

Then McClung and Akinjo entered. They were still wearing their gray home uniforms rather suits, another new wrinkle. Ewing left the press conference noting the pair needed a shower.

Little stunk about McClung’s work Saturday.

“We’re excited about the win, but we’re excited to get back (to practice) and keep growing,” McClung said on a day his legend took another leap.

That doesn’t mean those Iverson comparisons should re-start. It just means McClung had quite the day.  

Govan, Georgetown top Richmond, 90-82

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Govan, Georgetown top Richmond, 90-82

Jessie Govan had a season-high 29 points, on 11-of-15 shooting, and nine rebounds to help Georgetown beat Richmond 90-82 on Wednesday night.

The Hoyas led 40-35 at halftime behind Govan's 19 points and six rebounds in 17 minutes. Georgetown made 8 of 10 shots midway through the second half to extend its lead to 73-62.

Matthew McClung added a career-high 16 points for Georgetown (6-1) and freshman James Akinjo scored 13. Greg Malinowski had 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Grant Golden had 22 points, 10 rebounds and three assists for Richmond (2-5). It was his 14th career 20-point game and his third straight as the Spiders have had five different players score at least 20 this season.

Richmond freshman Jake Wojcik made six 3-pointers and scored 20 points and Nathan Cayo added 18 points. Freshman Andre Gustavson was the only Spider starter not to score in double figures, but he had eight points, five rebounds and a season-high 10 assists. It was the most assists by a Spider in the past two seasons.