Chris Wright and Georgetown put on a show for the commander in chief.
With President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden seated in the front row, the No. 7 Hoyas (16-4) literally stole the game from No. 8 Duke (17-4), forcing five turnovers in a two-minute, first-half spurt on the way to an 89-77 victory Saturday.
It couldn't have been a bigger regular day for Georgetown: the president attending his first Hoyas game, the first sellout of the season in the 20,000-seat Verizon Center, a crowd mostly sporting "We Are Georgetown" T-shirts in a school-sponsored gray out, the 200th win for Coach John Thompson III, the launch of an initiative for Darfur schools, and a dominant program from the Atlantic Coast Conference in the building.
Wright seemed pumped for it all, scoring 21 points on 8-for-9 shooting and making two defensive plays that helped ignite an 18-3 run that gave the Hoyas the lead for good.
NO. 1 KENTUCKY 85,
NO. 21 VANDERBILT 72
LEXINGTON, Ky. - DeMarcus Cousins posted his 12th double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds as Kentucky (20-1, 5-1 SEC) bounced back from an upset loss to South Carolina with a win against Vanderbilt (16-4, 5-1).
Darnell Dodson added 16 points in a rare start for the Wildcats.
NO. 2 KANSAS 81,
NO. 11 KANSAS STATE 79
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Sherron Collins bounced back from a back injury to score on a hard drive with nine seconds left in overtime, helping Kansas (20-1, 6-0 Big 12) pull out a gritty win against Kansas State (17-4, 4-3).
NO. 4 SYRACUSE 59,
ROSEMONT, Ill. - Wes Johnson scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Syracuse (21-1, 8-1 Big East) rallied from 18 down to beat DePaul (8-13, 1-8) for its eighth straight win.
The Orange scored 16 straight to cut their deficit to two late in the first half, then took the lead with a 16-2 run in the second, escaping with a victory after DePaul's Will Walker missed a 3 in the closing seconds.
NO. 5 MICHIGAN ST. 79,
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Durrell Summers started each half with an alley-oop dunk and finished with a season-high 24 points and 10 rebounds, leading Michigan State (19-3, 9-0 Big Ten) past Northwestern (14-7, 3-6).
NO. 24 BAYLOR 80,
NO. 6 TEXAS 77
AUSTIN, Texas - Freshman guard A.J. Walton, a 47 percent free-throw shooter, made three of four foul shots in the final 17 seconds of overtime as Baylor (16-4, 3-3 Big 12) beat Texas (18-3, 4-2).
NO. 9 WEST VIRGINIA 77,
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Da'Sean Butler scored a season-high 27 points, including the go-ahead basket with 16 seconds remaining, and West Virginia (17-3, 6-2 Big East) rallied from a big second-half deficit to beat Louisville (13-8, 4-4).
NO. 15 TEMPLE 64,
LA SALLE 52
PHILADELPHIA - Ramone Moore scored 14 points, and Lavoy Allen had 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead Temple (18-4, 6-1 Atlantic 10) past La Salle before a crowd that included longtime Owls coach John Chaney.
NO. 19 CONNECTICUT 68
HARTFORD, Conn. - Jimmy Butler's driving shot with 2.4 seconds left gave Marquette (13-8, 4-5 Big East) a win against Connecticut (13-8, 3-5).
NO. 22 GEORGIA TECH 98,
KENTUCKY STATE 50
ATLANTA - Glen Rice Jr. scored 15 points, D'Andre Bell added 14 and Georgia Tech (16-5) breezed past Kentucky State (4-13).
NO. 23 NEW MEXICO 73,
FORT WORTH, Texas - Darington Hobson scored 19 points to lead New Mexico (20-3, 6-2 Mountain West) past TCU (10-12, 2-5).
FLORIDA TECH 86,
TAMPA - Simon Cummings had a season-high 33 points to lead Florida Tech (12-8, 2-7 SSC) to an overtime victory against Tampa (9-9, 3-6).
Rashad Callaway led UT with 30 points, five rebounds, six assists and five steals. Anthony LaBruno added 24 points.