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St. John's guard Phil Greene uses a screen (Credit: MCT)

St. John's guard Phil Greene uses a screen by teammate Amir Garrett in an attempt to shed Georgetown defender Hollis Thompson, back, during second-half action at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Georgetown defeated St. John's, 71-61. (Feb. 12, 2012)

Georgetown 71, St. John's 61

For much of Sunday's game, it appeared as if St. John's was primed to pull off an upset. But the Red Storm's inability to guard the perimeter late spelled defeat in a 71-61 loss to No. 11 Georgetown at Verizon Center.

Georgetown forward Greg Whittington (2) goes over the
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Georgetown forward Greg Whittington (2) goes over the back of St. John's forward Amir Garrett (22) to pull down a rebound during first-half action at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Sunday, February 12, 2012. (Chuck Myers/MCT)

St. John's guard D'Angelo Harrison (11) puts up
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St. John's guard D'Angelo Harrison (11) puts up a shot and scores during first-half action against Georgetown at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Sundayt, February 12, 2012. (Chuck Myers/MCT)

St. John's guard/forward Sir'Dominic Pointer (15) finishes off
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St. John's guard/forward Sir'Dominic Pointer (15) finishes off a dunk during first-half action against Georgetown at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Sundayt, February 12, 2012. (Chuck Myers/MCT)

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St. John's forward Moe Harkless (4), left, St.
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St. John's forward Moe Harkless (4), left, St. John's forward God'sgift Achiuwa (3), back, Georgetown guard Jason Clark (21) and Georgetown forward Otto Porter (22) battle for a rebound during first-half action at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Sundayt, February 12, 2012. (Chuck Myers/MCT)

Georgetown forward Otto Porter (22), left, lays up
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Georgetown forward Otto Porter (22), left, lays up a score past St. John's forward Sir'Dominic Pointer (15) during second-half action at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Sunday, February 12, 2012. Georgetown defeated St. John's, 71-61. (Chuck Myers/MCT)

St. John's forward God'sgift Achiuwa (3), left, applies
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St. John's forward God'sgift Achiuwa (3), left, applies tight defense against Georgetown guard Jason Clark (21) in the lane during second-half action at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Sunday, February 12, 2012. Georgetown defeated St. John's, 71-61. (Chuck Myers/MCT)

Georgetown forward Hollis Thompson (1), left, and St.
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Georgetown forward Hollis Thompson (1), left, and St. John's forward God'sgift Achiuwa (3) go after a loose ball under the basket during second-half action at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Sunday, February 12, 2012. Georgetown defeated St. John's, 71-61. (Chuck Myers/MCT)

Georgetown forward Nate Lubick (34) takes the ball
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Georgetown forward Nate Lubick (34) takes the ball to the basket for a score between St. John's forward Moe Harkless (4) and St. John's guard D'Angelo Harrison (11) during second-half action at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Sunday, February 12, 2012. Georgetown defeated St. John's, 71-61. (Chuck Myers/MCT)

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St. John's guard Phil Greene uses a screen
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St. John's guard Phil Greene uses a screen by teammate Amir Garrett in an attempt to shed Georgetown defender Hollis Thompson, back, during second-half action at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Georgetown defeated St. John's, 71-61. (Feb. 12, 2012)

St. John's forward Amir Garrett (22) brings down
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St. John's forward Amir Garrett (22) brings down a rebound during first-half action against Georgetown at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Sunday, February 12, 2012. Georgetown defeated St. John's, 71-61. (Chuck Myers/MCT)

St. John's Phil Greene (1) goes up for
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St. John's Phil Greene (1) goes up for two points against the defense of Georgetown's Henry Sims (14) during first half of their NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

St. John's God'sgift Achiuwa (3) ducks the ball
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St. John's God'sgift Achiuwa (3) ducks the ball for two points against Georgetown during first half of their NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

Georgetown forward Nate Lubick (34) and Georgetown forward
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Georgetown forward Nate Lubick (34) and Georgetown forward Greg Whittington (2) defend a jump shot by St. John's guard/forward Moe Harkless (4) during second-half action at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Sunday, February 12, 2012. Georgetown defeated St. John's, 71-61. (Chuck Myers/MCT)

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Georgetown center Henry Sims (14) hits a jumper
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Georgetown center Henry Sims (14) hits a jumper against St. John's during second-half action at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Sunday, February 12, 2012. Georgetown defeated St. John's, 71-61. (Chuck Myers/MCT)

St. John's forward Amir Garrett (22) pulls down
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St. John's forward Amir Garrett (22) pulls down a rebound against Georgetown forward Greg Whittington (2), off a free throw miss, during second-half action at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Sunday, February 12, 2012. Georgetown defeated St. John's, 71-61. (Chuck Myers/MCT)

Georgetown forward Otto Porter (22), right, blocks a
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Georgetown forward Otto Porter (22), right, blocks a shot by St. John's guard D'Angelo Harrison (11) during second-half action at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Sunday, February 12, 2012. Georgetown defeated St. John's, 71-61. (Chuck Myers/MCT)

St. John's forward God'sgift Achiuwa (3) and Georgetown
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St. John's forward God'sgift Achiuwa (3) and Georgetown forward Nate Lubick (34), center, battle for a rebound, as St. John's guard D'Angelo Harrison (11) watches, during second-half action at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Sunday, February 12, 2012. Georgetown defeated St. John's, 71-61. (Chuck Myers/MCT)

Georgetown's Hollis Thompson, top left, drives to the
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Georgetown's Hollis Thompson, top left, drives to the basket for a reverse layup and two points against St. John's Sir'Dominic Pointer (15) during second half of their NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, in Washington. Georgetown defeated St. John's 71-61. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

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Georgetown's Hollis Thompson drives in for a reverse
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Georgetown's Hollis Thompson drives in for a reverse layup and two points against the defense of St. John's Amir Garrett (22) and Sir'Dominic Pointer (15) during second half of their NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, in Washington. Georgetown defeated St. John's 71-61. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

Georgetown's Nate Lubick (34) blocks the shot-attempt of
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Georgetown's Nate Lubick (34) blocks the shot-attempt of St. John's Moe Harkless (4) during second half of their NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, in Washington. Georgetown defeated St. John's 71-61. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

Georgetown's Nate Lubick blocks the shot of St.
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Georgetown's Nate Lubick blocks the shot of St. John's Phil Greene (1) during second half of their NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, in Washington. Georgetown defeated St. John's 71-61. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

Georgetown's Markel Starks, right, goes up for the
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Georgetown's Markel Starks, right, goes up for the shot and two points against the defense of St. John's Moe Harkless (4) during second half of their NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, in Washington. Georgetown defeated St. John's 71-61. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

Georgetown forward Nate Lubick (34) passes around St.
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Georgetown forward Nate Lubick (34) passes around St. John's forward God'sgift Achiuwa (3) during second-half action at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Sunday, February 12, 2012. Georgetown defeated St. John's, 71-61. (Chuck Myers/MCT)

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St. John's forward Moe Harkless (4) dunks against
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St. John's forward Moe Harkless (4) dunks against Georgetown forward Otto Porter (22), Georgetown forward Hollis Thompson (1) and Georgetown forward Nate Lubick (34) during first-half action against Georgetown at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Sunday, February 12, 2012. Georgetown defeated St. John's, 71-61. (Chuck Myers/MCT)

Georgetown forward Otto Porter (22) cradles a rebound
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Georgetown forward Otto Porter (22) cradles a rebound before teammate Hollis Thompson, back, during first-half action against St. John's at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Sunday, February 12, 2012. Georgetown defeated St. John's, 71-61. (Chuck Myers/MCT)

Georgetown's Hollis Thompson, left, and St. John's God'sgift
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Georgetown's Hollis Thompson, left, and St. John's God'sgift Achiuwa scramble for the loose ball under the basket during second half of their NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, in Washington. Georgetown defeated St. John's 71-61. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

The ball bounces away as Georgetown's Otto Porter,
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The ball bounces away as Georgetown's Otto Porter, top center, battles St. John's Moe Harkless (4), Phil Greene (1) and Sir'Dominic Pointer (15) for the rebound during second half of their NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, in Washington. Georgetown defeated St. John's 71-61. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

St. John's Moe Harkless (4) blocks the shot-attempt
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St. John's Moe Harkless (4) blocks the shot-attempt of Georgetown's Mikael Hopkins (3) as teammate Sir'Dominic Pointer, right, defends during first half of their NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, in Washington. Georgetown defeated St. John's 71-61. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

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Georgetown's Nate Lubick (34) goes for two points
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Georgetown's Nate Lubick (34) goes for two points away from the defense of St. John's Moe Harkless (4) and D'Angelo Harrison (11) during second half of their NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, in Washington. Georgetown defeated St. John's 71-61. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

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