WASHINGTON (AP) -Chris Wright and Georgetown put on a show for the commander in chief.
With President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden seated in the front row, the No. 7 Hoyas used five early turnovers to run away from No. 8 Duke, 89-77 on Saturday.
It couldn't have been a much bigger day for Georgetown: the president at his first Hoyas game, its first sellout this season at the Verizon Center, a crowd wearing ``We Are Georgetown'' T-shirts, the 200th win for coach John Thompson III and the launch of an initiative for Darfur.
Wright seemed pumped for it all, scoring 21 points on 8-for-9 shooting and making two defensive plays that helped ignite an 18-3 run and gave the Hoyas (16-4) the lead for good.
Nolan Smith scored 19 points, Kyle Singler had 18 before fouling out with 2:10 to play, and Jon Scheyer added 17 for the Blue Devils (17-4), who shot 37 percent.
No. 4 Syracuse 59, DePaul 57
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Wes Johnson scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and the Orange rallied from 18 down to win their eighth straight game.
ight to cut its deficit to two late in the first half, then took the lead with a 16-2 run in the second. DePaul's Will Walker missed a 3 in the closing seconds.
Kris Joseph added 15 points for Syracuse (21-1, 8-1 Big East). Rick Jackson scored 10.
Walker poured in 21 for DePaul (8-13, 1-8), which has lost nine of 10.
No. 9 West Virginia 77, Louisville 74
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Da'Sean Butler scored a season-high 27 points, including the go-ahead basket with 16 seconds left, as the Mountaineers overcame a 12-point second-half deficit.
West Virginia (17-3, 6-2 Big East) snapped a four-game losing streak to the Cardinals (13-8, 4-4), who managed only two baskets over the final seven minutes.
Samardo Samuels and Reginald Delk scored 16 points apiece for Louisville.
No. 15 Temple 64, La Salle 52
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ramone Moore scored 14 points, Lavoy Allen had 12 points and 10 rebounds and the Owls held on before a crowd that included longtime coach John Chaney.
Temple (18-4, 6-1 A-10) got key buckets down the stretch from their second-teamers during an 11-2 run that helped squash La Salle's upset bid.
Rodney Green led La Salle (11-10, 3-5) with 13 points.
Marquette 70, No. 19 Connecticut 68
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Jimmy Butler's driving shot with 2.4 seconds left gave the Golden Eagles their first road win of the season.
ith 21 points and Lazar Hayward had 20 for Marquette (13-8, 4-5 Big East).
Jerome Dyson had 18 points for UConn (13-8, 3-5), which has lost two straight after beating then No. 1-Texas a week ago. The Huskies played their fourth straight without coach Jim Calhoun, who is on a doctor-ordered medical leave.
No. 22 Georgia Tech 98, Kentucky State 50
ATLANTA (AP) - Glen Rice Jr. scored 15 points, D'Andre Bell added 14 and the Yellow Jackets breezed to an easy win over the Division II Thorobreds.
Georgia Tech (16-5) has four of five and improved to 11-1 at home.
Jarrod Gay had 16 points to lead the Thorobreds, (4-13) who hit just 28.3 percent from the field. Tony Johnson added eight for Kentucky State after shooting 2 for 11.
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