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Wright, Freeman rescue No. 20 Hoyas against Old Dominion

Published November 12, 2010 10:10 pm

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Georgetown didn't have many players doing much offensively in a sloppy season opener, but the three that did carried the 20th-ranked Hoyas to a close victory.

Chris Wright scored 19 points, Jason Clark had 18 and Austin Freeman 17 on Friday night, and all three had big second halves as the Hoyas rallied and then held off Old Dominion, 62-59.

"These guys, when we needed them to make shots, they put the ball in the basket," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said.

Freeman and Wright scored 15 points each after halftime, and Clark had nine, giving the trio all but four of the Hoyas' 43 points in the half. They had all but eight overall.

Freeman and Wright keyed a late 13-2 run that gave the Hoyas the lead, and Clark helped finish off the Monarchs, who had won two of the last three meetings between the teams.

Old Dominion had its 23-game home winning streak — the fourth-longest in the nation — dating to January 2009 snapped. They blew two 8-point second-half leads, the last at 49-41.

Meanwhile, Georgetown freshman center Moses Ayegba has been ruled ineligible for the men's basketball team's first nine games by the NCAA for violating pre-enrollment rules.

Coach Thompson said Friday in a statement that someone who was not a member of Ayegba's immediate family paid for a ticket to bring the player from his home in Nigeria to the United States. Thompson said that happened "before we began recruiting Moses, before he enrolled in high school here."

No. 2 Michigan St. 96, Eastern Michigan 66

Kalin Lucas scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half, helping No. 2 Michigan State open the season with victory over Eastern Michigan.

Lucas looked fully recovered from surgery to repair his ruptured left Achilles' tendon. Durrell Summers had 17 points, freshman Keith Appling scored 14 and Draymond Green added 12 for the Spartans.

Brandon Bowdry had a career-high 32 points.

No. 7 Kansas 113, Longwood 75

Markieff Morris had 14 points and 15 rebounds and four other players finished in double figures, leading No. 7 Kansas to a 113-75 rout of outmanned Longwood on Friday night, giving the Jayhawks their 39th consecutive home-opening victory.

Marcus Morris, Markieff's twin brother, added 18 points.