NEW YORK -- Hollis Thompson is a shooter. A very good shooter. The statistics bear that out, but so does his attitude about the craft.
After missing all four of his 3-point attempts and not scoring in the first half Sunday against St. John's, Georgetown's 6-foot-8 junior made four of five from beyond the arc and finished with 20 points in the 11th-ranked Hoyas' 69-49 victory.
"Coming out of halftime you have to say, 'Well, none have dropped but I have confidence in my shooting and if the last ones haven't dropped that means I got one coming soon,' " said Thompson, who leads the Big East in 3-point shooting at 52.4 percent.
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Jesse Clark had 15 points and freshman Otto Porter added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Hoyas (14-3, 4-2 Big East), who had lost to West Virginia and Cincinnati after an 11-game winning streak.
Freshman Moe Harkless had 21 points and 10 rebounds for St. John's (8-9, 2-4), but he fouled out with 5:15 to play in the midst of a 12-2 run that gave the Hoyas a 58-47 lead.
Freshman Sir'Dominic Pointer had 12 points for the Red Storm, who have lost four of five and dropped to 0-7 this season against ranked teams. Last season, St. John's had six wins over teams in the Top 25.
Georgetown used a 7-0 run early in the second half to take a 35-25 lead and the final points of it were a 3-pointer and an impressive dunk on the fast break by Thompson.
St. John's did get the crowd of 11,475 into the game with the 8-0 run but Thompson hit a 3 from right in front of the Georgetown bench to end it and center Henry Sims then got Harkless to foul him on consecutive possessions. He made three of the four free throws but much more important was that they were Harkless' fourth and fifth fouls.
The Hoyas closed the game on an 11-1 run.
St. John's, which came into the game 15th in the 16-team Big East in 3-point shooting at 25.8 percent, finished 0 of 10 from beyond the arc.
The loss dropped the Red Storm to 1-4 this season at Madison Square Garden with all but one of the losses being to a ranked team.