WASHINGTON (AP) Otto Porter had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 15 Georgetown pulled away late in the first half Saturday in a 65-48 win over D.C. neighbor American.
Greg Whittington added 13 points for the Hoyas (10-1), who took advantage of the sizable talent gap between the Big East school and the Eagles from the Patriot League. Georgetown has a nine-game winning streak over American, its last loss coming 30 years ago when Patrick Ewing and Co. lost by one point in what still stands as the biggest intra-city upset in the nation's capital.
Any thought of another stunner was dispatched when the Hoyas went on an 11-2 run to end the first half, then a 8-0 spurt to start the second half to build a 48-25 lead. It would be a stretch to say the teams are rivals - the atmosphere at the Verizon Center was relaxed, especially with the cheerleaders, band and many other students away for Christmas - and the bigger conversations surrounding Georgetown center on its decision a week ago to join a group of schools that will break away from the Big East, perhaps taking the name with them.
The Hoyas (10-1) have won seven straight since an overtime loss to then-No. 1 Indiana. Georgetown now has a two-week break before opening its conference schedule at Marquette.
Daniel Munoz scored 15 points to lead the Eagles (4-8), who stayed close early with 3-point shooting but struggled to handle Georgetown's pressure defense. It doesn't get any easier for American - its next game is at No. 9 Kansas next Saturday.
Three first-half plays by the Hoyas' defense defined the game as well as any. Porter made a nice linebacker-like interception at midcourt and was fouled taking the ball to the basket. Whittington pulled off a backcourt steal and drew a blocking foul on the way to the hoop for a three-point play. Jabril Trawick had a steal in the frontcourt and fed Porter for a fast-break layup.
Still, the score was a competitive 29-23 with 5 1/2 remaining in the first half. Georgetown then took control, with Whittington, Trawick and Markel Starks all hitting 3-pointers before halftime, and Nate Lubick opening the second half with a three-point play.
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Thanks to his illustrious career at Miami, Sean Taylor caught the eyes of Joe Gibbs and the Redskins heading into the 2004 NFL Draft.
Not surprisingly, though, Washington wasn't the only franchise interested in adding a do-it-all, safety-in-a-linebacker's-body prospect to their defense.
In a terrific look-back at that draft from Sports Illustrated — a draft in which a record six Miami products went in the first 21 picks — you'll find this excerpt:
But at the last minute, the Browns, owners of the No. 7 pick, called asking to trade up. Butch Davis, Cleveland’s coach and EVP, had previously been the head coach at Miami and had recruited all six of these Hurricane prospects out of high school...
[Vinny] Cerrato says the Browns were coming for Taylor. Davis is more diplomatic about it: “It was probably about 60-40 that we would’ve taken Sean [over Winslow],” he says. He wanted to know what it’d cost to get Taylor. But Washington wasn’t budging. “There was no interest whatsoever,” Cerrato says. “We wanted Sean Taylor.”
Cleveland also reportedly contacted the Giants about their fourth overall selection so they could skip the 'Skins entirely, but New York ended up orchestrating their own deal to land Eli Manning.
Fortunately, the Burgundy and Gold stayed in place and got Taylor despite the calls. Often times, trading back in the draft is an attractive option. This time around, however, that option paled in comparison to the opportunity to acquire Taylor.
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Were the countless mock drafts not enough? Do you need a little more explanation before the nail-biter that is Round 1? NBC Sports has you covered.
Representatives from every branch of the NBC Sports Regional Network will be breaking down the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 25th just hours before one of the most anticipated and nerve-wracking shows in all of sports. Beginning at 3 p.m. ET, experts and insiders will preview Round 1 and the draft needs of their network's respective teams.
So obviously, we've got Redskins insider JP Finlay on set and ready to discuss what's in store for the 2019 Burgundy and Gold.
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