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No. 15 Georgetown beats Western Carolina 81-68

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No. 15 Georgetown beats Western Carolina 81-68

WASHINGTON (AP) Greg Whittington scored a career-high 25 points, and No. 15 Georgetown beat Western Carolina 81-68 Saturday in a game played as executives discussed the future of the Hoyas and the Big East conference.

Jabril Trawick added a career-high 14 points, and Otto Porter had 12 for the Hoyas (9-1), who took control with a 13-3 run at the end of the first half against a school that fell to 0-38 against teams ranked in the AP poll.

Tom Tankelewicz made six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Catamounts (4-7).

Georgetown is one of seven Big East schools without top-level football programs who were scheduled to have a conference call Saturday to discuss splitting from the conference. Hoyas athletic director Lee Reed quickly covered up his smartphone when a reporter approached him during halftime and said he didn't know when an announcement might be made.

On the court, Georgetown had its second straight productive scoring game against a mid-major opponent following home clunkers against Tennessee and Towson, two games the Hoyas won despite scoring a combined 83 points. Georgetown scored 89 against Longwood on Monday and shot 49 percent against Western Carolina.

The Catamounts played Top 25 Illinois tough this month before falling 72-64. They made four quick 3-pointers early against the Hoyas to take 13-6 lead, but their reliance on the outside game could only take them so far. Tankelewicz made 6 of 11 from 3-point range and Trey Sumler hit 2 of 3 3-pointers; the Catamounts otherwise shot 16 for 38 from the field.

The Hoyas, whose only loss this season came against No. 1 Indiana in overtime, built their lead by forcing turnovers and getting to the free throw line. Leading 42-30 at halftime, they pushed the lead to 20 with a 14-6 run to start the second half.

Another spate of 3-pointers pulled the Catamounts within 12 with 1:37 remaining, but turnovers on the Western Carolina's last two possessions allowed Georgetown to put the game away.

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Daryl Dike's incredible goals leads UVA to the national championship game

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Daryl Dike's incredible goals leads UVA to the national championship game

It's never too late for a beautiful strike.

In the national semifinals between Virginia and Wake Forest, Hoos' leading scorer Daryl Dike, scored a goal for the ages. 

Dike tracked this ball perfectly and buried it past Andrew Pannenberg on his first touch.

Dike wasn't done there, stretching the lead to 2-0 with this beauty of a header:

Next up for UVA is the national championship title game Sunday, December 15th at 6 p.m., where they'll face off with Georgetown in Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.

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Wizards release statement on the passing of John Wall's mother

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Wizards release statement on the passing of John Wall's mother

The Washington Wizards announced the passing of John Wall's mother, Frances Pulley on Friday. 

Wall's mother had been battling cancer before her passing. She was 58. 

In a statement on Twitter, the Wizards said, "Sending thoughts and love for John Wall and his family after the passing of his mother, Frances Pulley. She will forever be a part of our #DCFamily."

Zach Leonsis, the senior vice president of strategic initiatives at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, also released a statement

"Thinking of @JohnWall and his family right now. Keeping you guys in our prayers. So terribly sorry for your loss and know that she will be remembered forever. #DCFamily

Wall's Kentucky coach, John Calipari also expressed his condolences for his former star: 

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