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No. 10 Georgetown beats DePaul 83-75

DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell encourages his team against DePaul during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Rosemont, Ill., on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell encourages his team against DePaul during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Rosemont, Ill., on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Cherney)
By Rick Gano
AP Sports Writer / January 17, 2012
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ROSEMONT, Ill.—Jason Clark scored a career-high 31 points and No. 10 Georgetown dominated the rebounding in an 83-75 victory over DePaul on Tuesday night.

The Hoyas (15-3, 5-2 Big East) outrebounded DePaul 47-25 and consistently worked inside for second shots. Henry Sims added 16 points and Otto Porter had 15 rebounds for Georgetown.

Clark made 11 of 14 shots from the field, including 5 of 7 from behind the 3-point line.

Cleveland Melvin scored 19 points and Moses Morgan had 17, including five 3-pointers, for the Blue Demons (10-8, 1-5), who lost their fourth straight.

Clark's dunk on a break with 6:29 left gave the Hoyas a 14-point lead, but DePaul kept scrapping on defense and cut it to seven on a jumper by Morgan with 2:44 left. But Clark made two free throws and Jabril Trawick had a three-point play for the Hoyas.

Clark, who had 13 points in the first half, connected on his third 3 in a quick 7-0 run as Georgetown went up by 11 points late in the half.

But DePaul's Brandon Young dribbled for about 5 seconds and then hit a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to sliced the lead to 37-31.

DePaul scored the first five points of the second half, but just as the Blue Demons were about to gain the momentum, Clark responded with another 3-pointer and Sims scored consecutive baskets after grabbing offensive rebounds. After a timeout, Clark made a steal and drove in for another basket to cap a 9-0 run and put the lead back to 10.

Morgan found the range on two 3-pointers and Melvin had a jumper in an 8-0 run by the Blue Demons that made it a two-point game with 14 minutes to go.

Once again the Hoyas' strong rebounding and Clark stopped the run. Clark had a driving reverse layup, Hollis Thompson scored on a follow to build it back to eight and Clark made another 3-pointer in a 12-2 run for a 60-48 lead.

The Hoyas played without guard Markel Starks, who came down with a stomach ailment and was not able to go. He had started the Hoyas' first 17 games.

The Hoyas have won 11 straight against DePaul and lead the series 20-6

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