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Henry Sims leads Georgetown past American 81-55

Georgetown head coach John Thompson III argues a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against American University, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, in Washington. Georgetown head coach John Thompson III argues a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against American University, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
By Howard Fendrich
AP Sports Writer / December 17, 2011
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WASHINGTON—Georgetown center Henry Sims took over the game early in the second half, finishing with 17 points and six assists, and Markel Starks scored 18, leading the 16th-ranked Hoyas past American 81-55 on Saturday.

Sims assisted on back-door baskets on four consecutive possessions in the opening minutes after halftime as Georgetown (9-1) broke open a tight game en route to its seventh victory in a row.

Charles Hinkle scored 16 for American (8-4), which has followed an eight-game winning streak with two straight losses.

Hollis Thompson added 15 points and eight rebounds for Georgetown, which made 59 percent of its field-goal attempts, while holding American to 41 percent.

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