WVU ends Hoyas' winning streak
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Truck Bryant and Kevin Jones are making life a bit easier for coach Bob Huggins on a young West Virginia team that has few other scoring options.
Bryant continued his hot stretch of late with 25 points and West Virginia ended No. 9 Georgetown's 11-game winning streak with a 74-62 victory Saturday at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va.
Bryant didn't like the way he played in the first half, when he went just 2 of 8 from the floor. But he scored 19 points after halftime as the Mountaineers broke open a close game.
"I just came out focused at halftime," Bryant said. "The coaches were talking to me but I didn't say anything to anybody. I just had one thing in mind -- to come out here and help this team win the game."
Jones, the Big East's leading scorer and rebounder, had 22 points and 16 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season for West Virginia (12-4, 3-1), which has to travel for a game Monday at No. 8 Connecticut.
Georgetown came back from 17 points down Wednesday to beat No. 20 Marquette but couldn't overcome a double-digit deficit against the Mountaineers, who shot 60 percent (12 of 20) from the floor after halftime and beat the Hoyas for the fifth consecutive time.
"Our attention to detail, particularly on the defensive end, was not where it was supposed to be," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "Most of it was our turnovers. They got a lot of easy baskets off our turnovers."
Hollis Thompson, who is no relation to his coach, led Georgetown (13-2, 3-1) with 20 points. Jason Clark, who had 26 points in the Marquette win, was limited to 10 on Saturday -- six below his team-leading average. Henry Sims also had 10 points.
• Notre Dame 67, Louisville 65: Eric Atkins scored six points in the second overtime, propelling Notre Dame to a victory against No. 11 Louisville. Notre Dame (10-6, 2-1) notched its first road win of the season and held the Cardinals without a field goal in the second overtime until Rakeem Buckles' tip-in at the buzzer. Kyle Kuric and Chane Behanan each scored 17 points to pace Louisville (13-3, 1-2).
• Syracuse 73, Marquette 66: Kris Joseph scored 17 points, Brandon Triche added 16, and top-ranked Syracuse remained unbeaten with a gritty victory against No. 20 Marquette at Carrier Dome. Syracuse (17-0, 4-0) is two wins away from matching the school's best start, established a decade ago. Marquette (12-4, 1-2) entered the game 1-7 against the top-ranked teams. The Golden Eagles' lone triumph was victory against Kentucky in the 2003 NCAA tournament, which earned them a trip to the Final Four in New Orleans, where Carmelo Anthony led Syracuse to its lone national championship. The Golden Eagles lost, 82-77, to Duke in November 2010 in their previous try. C.J. Fair had 13 points and Dion Waiters added 12 to go with seven assists and three steals. Darius Johnson-Odom led Marquette with 19 points and Jae Crowder had 15.
• St. John's 57, Cincinnati 55: Moe Harkless' putback at the buzzer gave St. John's a victory, ending a seven-game winning streak by the host Bearcats (12-4, 2-1) and giving the Red Storm (8-7, 2-2) its first road win of the season.
First Published January 8, 2012 12:00 am