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COLLEGE BASKETBALL / PRESEASON NIT : Georgetown Sputters but Wins Going Away

From Associated Press

It took 10 minutes for Georgetown’s new high-octane offense to get into gear. Then Allen Iverson made a steal, and a freshman guard did the rest.

Victor Page scored 18 points in his debut and center Othella Harrington led Georgetown with 21 as the fifth-ranked Hoyas sped past Colgate, 106-57, Thursday night in the first round of the Preseason NIT at Landover, Md.

Boasting a host of speedy guards, Georgetown Coach John Thompson unveiled a much- anticipated high-tempo game. There were several turnovers and blown defensive assignments in the early going before a series of plays around the 10-minute mark turned the game around.

“I told them we need to stop making highlight films and start making sensible plays,” said Thompson, whose team committed 22 turnovers. “We’ve got a lot of athletic people who can do colorful things, but you’re not going to win tough ballgames being pretty.”

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The turning point came when Iverson, who had 11 points and five steals, made a layup after a backcourt steal to close the score to 21-20 with 9:58 to go in the half. The Red Raiders then had to use a timeout when they couldn’t get the ball inbounds, had trouble getting off a shot and lost the ball on a turnover. Harrington came back the other way with a layup to give Georgetown a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

Malik Cupid led Colgate with 15 points.

Temple 65, Rider 62--Marc Jackson scored 17 points and the Owls overcame a 34-point performance by the Broncos’ Charles Smith in a victory at Philadelphia.

The Owls held a 51-38 lead with nine minutes left, but Rider went on a 20-7 run. Smith scored the final six points of the run to make it, 58-58, at the 4:13 mark before Temple pulled away for good.

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