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Georgetown upsets No. 7 Michigan State at Madison Square Garden

Michigan State's Gary Harris defends Georgetown's D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera

Michigan State's Gary Harris defends Georgetown's D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera during the first half. (Feb. 1, 2014) Credit: AP

Identity theft at the Garden?

Georgetown, which had lost five straight and six of its last seven, played more like the nation's No. 7 team Saturday.

That's Michigan State, which lost to Georgetown in the second game of a doubleheader, 64-60. And both teams generated the kind of passionate noise typical of a home team -- far more than St. John's did earlier in its win over Marquette.

Georgetown (12-9) had the more spartan defense, frugally holding Michigan State (nicknamed the Spartans, of course) to a fairly paltry 40 percent field-goal accuracy and never relinquishing a second-half lead. Georgetown also outrebounded Michigan State 37-30.

More confusing, while the Michigan State fans echoed their "Go Green!" "Go White!" chant, Michigan State's players wore gold. Georgetown, with school colors of blue and gray, wore charcoal.

And, just as oddly, Michigan State lost an away game for the first time this season after 10 straight victories, including two at Brooklyn's Barclays Center in November.

Who was who, anyway?

Michigan State's last hurrah was a three-pointer by sophomore guard Gary Harris with 1:32 to go that closed Georgetown's lead to 56-54.

But Georgetown reserve Jabril Trawick tipped in a missed floater by senior guard Markel Starks with 1:10 to go. It was only Trawick's seventh and eighth points in the game.

Then Michigan State's Denzel Valentine, looking for Harris (20 points), threw the ball away with 54 seconds left. Michigan State (19-3) couldn't get closer than four points the rest of the way.

Starks led Georgetown with 16 points, followed by D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera with 12 (along with eight rebounds) and Mikael Hopkins with 10. The 6-9 Hopkins also had four blocked shots.

Valentine scored 11 and Kenny Kaminski 10 for Michigan State.


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