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Saturday, February 2, 2013
Rapid React: Georgetown 68, St. John's 56

By Kieran Darcy

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A quick take on St. John's 68-56 loss to Georgetown on Saturday at the Verizon Center:

What it means: St. John's lost a game, and perhaps a key player as well.

The Red Storm had their five-game winning streak stopped, falling to the Hoyas for the second time this season.

Early in the second half, starting guard Jamal Branch went down with a left knee injury, and had to be carried off the floor by teammates. As of now, the injury has been termed a sprain -- we'll see whether it ends up being more serious than that.

St. John's drops to 14-8 overall, 6-4 in the Big East. Georgetown improves to 16-4 overall, 6-3 in the conference.

The turning point: St. John's jumped out to a 7-3 lead, but Georgetown took control of the game shortly thereafter. A 12-0 run by the Hoyas turned a 15-12 deficit into a 24-15 lead. Georgetown led 39-28 at intermission.

Jakarr Sampson opened the second half with a three-point play, and the Red Storm were within eight, 39-31. But that's as close as they would get. St. John's hung around -- it wasn't nearly the blowout that the first meeting was, back on Jan. 12 at Madison Square Garden. But it wasn't close, either.

Star watch: St. John's leading scorer, D'Angelo Harrison (19.7 ppg), had the worst game of his career, finishing with just two points, shooting 0-for-10 from the field. Coach Steve Lavin kept Harrison on the bench for the final few minutes of the game, instead of going with little-used Marco Bourgault, who had a career-high 12 points. Sampson scored a team-high 18 points.

For Georgetown, three players were in double figures -- led by forward Nate Lubick, who had a career-high 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Number crunch: As a team, St. John's had a miserable day shooting the basketball -- 20-for-64 (31.3 percent).

What's next: St. John's hosts Connecticut on Wednesday at 7 p.m., at Madison Square Garden. Georgetown travels to Rutgers, next Saturday at noon.