College Basketball Roundup : Ewing Reaches 2,000-Point Mark; Hoyas Win

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John Thompson's Georgetown Express is right on schedule and the main cog of the Hoyas was in overdrive Tuesday night at Landover, Md.

The second-ranked Hoyas rolled over Big East Conference foe Pittsburgh, 70-46, on a big night for Georgetown center Patrick Ewing.

Ewing, who joined Sleepy Floyd as the only players in Georgetown history to score more than 2,000 points in a career, dominated play at both ends of the court, scored 16 points, blocked 9 shots and grabbed 8 rebounds.

"On some other teams he might have 3,000 points by now," Georgetown forward Bill Martin said. "He's a team player."

"Winning means more to me than scoring 2,000 points," Ewing said. "We won the game, that's what's important. This is February and all of Coach Thompson's teams play better in February. Everything is starting to click."

Georgetown, leading from start to finish, scored the game's first 13 points, opening a 36-18 lead at the half in winning its sixth straight. The Hoyas are 11-2 in the Big East and 24-2 overall. Pittsburgh is 6-7 and 15-9 overall.

Alabama Birmingham 62, South Florida 61--Steve Mitchell made both ends of a one-and-one with two seconds left in the Sun Belt Conference game at Birmingham, Ala.

Leading, 61-60, with only seven seconds left in the game, South Florida let the game slip away when Charlie Bradley missed the front end of a one-and-one and was called for traveling after recovering the loose ball.

Mitchell got the ball on UAB's inbounds pass after the turnover and was fouled by Vince Sanford.

UAB, 22-6 overall and 10-2 in the Sun Belt, needed the victory to remain tied with Virginia Commonwealth for the conference lead. South Florida is 15-10 overall and 5-8.

Georgia Tech 48, Maryland 43--Bruce Dalrymple and Scott Petway each sank two free throws in the final 12 seconds at Atlanta to again deny Coach Lefty Driesell his 500th coaching victory.

It was the fourth loss in a row for Maryland, which returns home Thursday night to face Towson State in Driesell's fifth shot at becoming the 17th coach in the NCAA Division I to win 500 games.

Dalrymple hit his free throws with 12 seconds remaining to give Tech a 46-43 lead and, after Maryland failed to score, Petway hit his with only two seconds to play.

The victory lifted Tech to 19-5 for the year and improved its Atlantic Coast Conference-leading mark to 8-4. Maryland fell to 19-10 and 5-6.

Villanova 47, St. Joseph's 44--Dwayne McClain scored 18 points, including the game-winning three-point play with two seconds remaining to lift the Wildcats to victory in a Philadelphia Big 5 game at the Spectrum.

Villanova (16-8), which broke a three-game losing streak in winning the City Series title with a 4-0 mark, took possession with four seconds left after a miss by St. Joseph's Greg Mullee. After two timeouts, McClain received an inbounds pass, took a dribble to his left and sank a 15-foot shot from the baseline. He was fouled on the play and made the free throw.

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