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Freeman helps Georgetown win 8th straight

Barely able to walk on his sprained right ankle as he headed to the locker room late in the first half, Austin Freeman made one unyielding request of Georgetown head trainer Lorry Michel.

"I told Miss Michel I was going to play through it anyway," Freeman said. "I just told her to tape me up and let me go back out there."

Fans cheered when Freeman returned to sit on the bench at the start of the second half and again when he entered the game a few minutes later. He wasn't 100 percent, and a couple of his shots weren't close, but his 17 points helped No. 11 Georgetown get past visiting Marquette, 69-60, Sunday to run the No. 11 Hoyas' winning streak to eight games.

"I was in pain, but I played through it," said Freeman, who scored eight points in the second half. "It didn't hurt as much while I was played, so I'm good."

Chris Wright scored 20 points, and Hollis Thompson grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds for the Hoyas (20-5, 9-4), who moved into sole possession of third place in the Big East.

Darius Johnson-Odom's 20 points led the Golden Eagles (15-10, 6-6).

Connecticut 75, Providence 57: Jamal Coombs-McDaniel had 25 points, and Kemba Walker added 22 points, seven assists and six rebounds to lift host No. 10 UConn (19-5, 7-5). The Huskies took over in the second half after leading 33-30 at the break. Marshon Brooks' 25 points led the Friars (14-11, 3-9).

Duke 81, Miami 71:Nolan Smith scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, and Seth Curry added 16 to lead visiting No. 5 Duke (23-2, 10-1 ACC). The Blue Devils' record after 25 games matches its best since the 2005-06 season. Miami is 15-10, 4-7.

WOMEN'S GAMES

St. John's 75, Georgetown 71:Amanda Burakoski scored 15 points as host St. John's won in overtime, snapping the 16th-ranked Hoyas' six-game winning streak. St. John's (17-7, 6-5 Big East) had its first win over a Top 25 team in five tries. Georgetown is 20-6, 8-4.

VCU 85, Hofstra 76: Shante Evans had 25 points and 10 rebounds for her 12th double-double, but it wasn't enough as the Pride (14-10, 6-7 CAA) fell at Virginia Commonwealth (14-9, 9-4). VCU's Courtney Hurt had 26 points and 15 rebounds. - AP

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