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McClung leads short-handed Georgetown over Oklahoma State

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) With Georgetown missing two of its top five scorers, the Hoyas needed someone to step up and Mac McClung answered the call.

McClung scored a season-high 33 points to help the Hoyas hand Oklahoma State its first loss of the season, 81-74 on Wednesday night.

After Georgetown announced that James Akinjo and Josh LeBlanc were transferring, the Hoyas (5-3) put forth a spirited effort following two consecutive losses. McClung connected on 12 of 21 shots, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range. Omer Yurtseven added 19 points and nine rebounds.

''Hell of a game, he stepped up,'' Hoyas coach Patrick Ewing said of McClung. ''When you lose two guys like Josh LeBlanc and James Akinjo, it's hard to replace. Last year, they were part of the heart and soul of our team. But I thought that my guys showed that we have a lot of character and have a lot of talent on our team. Mac stepped up and played, to me, one of his best games as a Hoya.''

Terrell Allen started at guard in place of Akinjo and had a season-high 15 points and five assists in 33 minutes.

Oklahoma State's Lindy Waters also had a career night, scoring 29 points, along with six rebounds and six assists for the Cowboys (7-1), who were also missing a key player. Leading scorer Isaac Likekele, who averages 13.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.9 steals per game, sat out due to illness. Cam McGriff added 20 points and six rebounds for the Cowboys.

''I thought our kids played hard,'' Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said. ''All credit goes to Georgetown. They outplayed us, they made timely baskets, they kicked us on the glass, and it's something that we need to figure out how to get better at before we move forward.''

Waters, who sank three 3-pointers for nine points in the game's opening three minutes and 22 seconds, downplayed Likekele's absence as a reason for the defeat.

''He's obviously a great player, a great piece of our team. He controls the floor a lot, he's a big guard so he can help us with rebounding and pushing in transition, but we can't sit here and make excuses about it,'' Waters said. ''We have to find a way to win, because at any moment, someone might get hurt or get sick.''

After Yurtseven's rebound dunk made it 40-32 Georgetown 1:42 into the second half, the Cowboys surged back, outscoring the Hoyas 21-8 over the next six-plus minutes to take their first lead since the first four minutes of the contest.

Georgetown grabbed the lead back after McClung connected on three straight 3-pointers, going up 61-55 with 8:27 to play. McGriff's two free throws with 1:28 remaining brought Oklahoma State to within 71-67 but the Cowboys could get no closer, with Allen scoring seven points in the final minute, including four free throws.

''I think the key to the win is that we picked it up defensively - everyone, not just one person,'' Ewing said.

No reason has been given for Akinjo, who ranked second on the Hoyas with 13.4 points per game, leaving the Hoyas. LeBlanc, who averaged 7.2 points per game (fifth on the squad), and two other players, Myron Gardner and Galen Alexander, have had restraining orders requested against them amid allegations they harassed a female student and stole several items from her home. Temporary restraining orders filed by a different student against LeBlanc and Alexander have been granted.

No criminal charges have been filed and Georgetown officials have said Akinjo was not involved in either case.

Both Gardner and Alexander played against Oklahoma State. Alexander scored five points and had seven rebounds in 13 minutes, while Gardner had zero points and four rebounds in 10 minutes.

BIG PICTURE

Georgetown: Despite the distractions, the Hoyas put forth a strong effort right from the start. They used a 14-3 run over a five-minute span early in the opening half to build a comfortable lead, going ahead 23-15 on Jahvon Blair's 3-pointer with 11:56 left. From that point, Georgetown maintained a lead of at least five points until a 3-pointer by Oklahoma State's McGriff with nine seconds left sent the Hoyas into halftime with a 36-32 advantage.

Oklahoma State: Coming off a dominant 78-37 triumph over Ole Miss in the NIT Season Tip-off Championship game last Friday night in Brooklyn, the Cowboys appeared to miss Likekele. It was the first time in 34 games, dating back to early last season, that the same five Oklahoma State players (McGriff, Yor Anei, Likekele, Thomas Dziagwa and Waters) did not start together. Freshman Chris Harris Jr. started at guard in Likekele's place and had a career-high 10 points and three rebounds in 23 minutes.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

The Hoyas won the rebounding battle 43-29, including a dominant 25-7 advantage in the second half alone. Oklahoma State had the edge 22-18 in the opening half, but with the help of 10 second half offensive boards, Georgetown controlled the glass down the stretch. ''I thought in the second half, we did a much better job of boxing out and securing rebounds,'' Ewing said.

UP NEXT

Georgetown: The Hoyas continue their southwestern road trip with a visit to Dallas to take on SMU on Saturday.

Oklahoma State: The Cowboys remain home to face Wichita State on Sunday afternoon.

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1st Half

Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Georgetown  
19:47 +2 Jagan Mosely made layup, assist by Omer Yurtseven 2-0
19:31   Lost ball turnover on Yor Anei, stolen by Jagan Mosely  
19:22   Mac McClung missed jump shot  
19:20   Defensive rebound by Thomas Dziagwa  
19:13 +3 Lindy Waters III made 3-pt. jump shot 2-3
18:59 +2 Omer Yurtseven made jump shot, assist by Terrell Allen 4-3
18:44 +3 Lindy Waters III made 3-pt. jump shot 4-6
18:21   Personal foul on Yor Anei  
18:15 +2 Terrell Allen made layup 6-6
18:15   Shooting foul on Chris Harris Jr.  
18:15 +1 Terrell Allen made free throw 7-6
17:47   Chris Harris Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:45   Defensive rebound by Georgetown  
17:34 +2 Mac McClung made jump shot 9-6
17:14   Avery Anderson III missed layup, blocked by Jamorko Pickett  
17:12   Offensive rebound by Oklahoma State  
17:07 +3 Thomas Dziagwa made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Lindy Waters III 9-9
16:51   Omer Yurtseven missed jump shot, blocked by Yor Anei  
16:49   Defensive rebound by Lindy Waters III  
16:39 +3 Lindy Waters III made 3-pt. jump shot 9-12
16:29 +2 Mac McClung made jump shot, assist by Terrell Allen 11-12
16:20   Offensive foul on Yor Anei  
16:20   Turnover on Yor Anei  
16:02 +2 Terrell Allen made hook shot 13-12
15:32   Thomas Dziagwa missed jump shot  
15:30   Defensive rebound by Jagan Mosely  
15:19   Mac McClung missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:17   Defensive rebound by Kalib Boone  
15:04   Lindy Waters III missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:02   Defensive rebound by Jamorko Pickett  
14:54 +2 Mac McClung made jump shot 15-12
14:35   Bad pass turnover on Avery Anderson III  
14:24   Bad pass turnover on Terrell Allen, stolen by Keylan Boone  
14:21   Personal foul on Terrell Allen  
14:06   Keylan Boone missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:04   Offensive rebound by Oklahoma State  
13:51 +3 Cameron McGriff made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Avery Anderson III 15-15
13:41 +2 Mac McClung made jump shot 17-15
13:19   Keylan Boone missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:17   Defensive rebound by Jamorko Pickett  
13:03   Qudus Wahab missed jump shot  
13:01   Defensive rebound by Cameron McGriff  
12:48   Shooting foul on Qudus Wahab  
12:48   Kalib Boone missed 1st of 2 free throws  
12:48   Kalib Boone missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
12:48   Defensive rebound by Galen Alexander  
12:26 +3 Mac McClung made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jagan Mosely 20-15
12:11   Lost ball turnover on Avery Anderson III, stolen by Qudus Wahab  
11:55 +3 Jahvon Blair made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Mac McClung 23-15
11:29   Avery Anderson III missed layup  
11:27   Offensive rebound by Kalib Boone  
11:24 +2 Kalib Boone made dunk 23-17
11:13   Bad pass turnover on Mac McClung  
10:56   Hidde Roessink missed jump shot, blocked by Galen Alexander  
10:54   Defensive rebound by Galen Alexander  
10:34   Omer Yurtseven missed jump shot  
10:32   Defensive rebound by Jonathan Laurent  
10:28   Lost ball turnover on Avery Anderson III, stolen by Jagan Mosely  
10:24   Offensive foul on Galen Alexander  
10:24   Turnover on Galen Alexander  
10:08   Thomas Dziagwa missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:06   Defensive rebound by Georgetown  
9:53   Omer Yurtseven missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:51   Defensive rebound by Chris Harris Jr.  
9:44   Lindy Waters III missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:42   Defensive rebound by Galen Alexander  
9:35   Terrell Allen missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:33   Offensive rebound by Jahvon Blair  
9:30   Galen Alexander missed dunk  
9:28   Defensive rebound by Oklahoma State  
9:03   Lindy Waters III missed jump shot  
9:01   Defensive rebound by Omer Yurtseven  
8:55 +3 Galen Alexander made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terrell Allen 26-17
8:31 +2 Chris Harris Jr. made jump shot 26-19
8:12   Omer Yurtseven missed dunk, blocked by Kalib Boone  
8:10   Defensive rebound by Lindy Waters III  
7:56   Lindy Waters III missed layup, blocked by Omer Yurtseven  
7:54   Defensive rebound by Galen Alexander  
7:50   Jahvon Blair missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:48   Offensive rebound by Omer Yurtseven  
7:45   Omer Yurtseven missed layup  
7:40   Defensive rebound by Oklahoma State  
7:28   Lost ball turnover on Avery Anderson III  
7:19   Personal foul on Kalib Boone  
7:12   Bad pass turnover on Terrell Allen, stolen by Lindy Waters III  
6:58 +2 Cameron McGriff made dunk, assist by Thomas Dziagwa 26-21
6:42   Mac McClung missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:40   Offensive rebound by Terrell Allen  
6:31 +2 Omer Yurtseven made jump shot, assist by Myron Gardner 28-21
6:24 +2 Lindy Waters III made layup, assist by Avery Anderson III 28-23
6:02   Shooting foul on Thomas Dziagwa  
6:02 +1 Mac McClung made 1st of 2 free throws 29-23
6:02 +1 Mac McClung made 2nd of 2 free throws 30-23
5:46   Avery Anderson III missed jump shot  
5:44   Defensive rebound by Mac McClung  
5:38   Mac McClung missed layup  
5:36   Defensive rebound by Avery Anderson III  
5:24   Avery Anderson III missed layup  
5:22   Defensive rebound by Jagan Mosely  
5:10 +2 Jamorko Pickett made jump shot 32-23
4:38 +2 Lindy Waters III made jump shot 32-25
4:22   Omer Yurtseven missed layup, blocked by Cameron McGriff  
4:20   Defensive rebound by Lindy Waters III  
4:08   Thomas Dziagwa missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:06   Offensive rebound by Cameron McGriff  
3:59 +2 Cameron McGriff made dunk 32-27
3:52 +2 Mac McClung made layup, assist by Omer Yurtseven 34-27
3:40   Lindy Waters III missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:38   Defensive rebound by Omer Yurtseven  
3:27   Jamorko Pickett missed jump shot  
3:25   Defensive rebound by Lindy Waters III  
3:22   Avery Anderson III missed layup, blocked by Jamorko Pickett  
3:20   Defensive rebound by Jamorko Pickett  
2:59   Traveling violation turnover on Jagan Mosely  
2:37   Bad pass turnover on Thomas Dziagwa  
2:28   Omer Yurtseven missed jump shot  
2:26   Defensive rebound by Keylan Boone  
2:26   Thomas Dziagwa missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:24   Offensive rebound by Kalib Boone  
2:23   Traveling violation turnover on Keylan Boone  
2:14   Traveling violation turnover on Omer Yurtseven  
1:57   Shooting foul on Terrell Allen  
1:57 +1 Lindy Waters III made 1st of 2 free throws 34-28
1:57 +1 Lindy Waters III made 2nd of 2 free throws 34-29
1:42   Mac McClung missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:40   Defensive rebound by Lindy Waters III  
1:34   Jonathan Laurent missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:32   Offensive rebound by Kalib Boone  
1:22   Chris Harris Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:20   Offensive rebound by Thomas Dziagwa  
1:14   Jonathan Laurent missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:12   Defensive rebound by Jagan Mosely  
57.0   Shooting foul on Kalib Boone  
57.0 +1 Omer Yurtseven made 1st of 2 free throws 35-29
57.0 +1 Omer Yurtseven made 2nd of 2 free throws 36-29
49.0   Offensive foul on Lindy Waters III  
49.0   Turnover on Lindy Waters III  
38.0   Galen Alexander missed 3-pt. jump shot  
36.0   Defensive rebound by Cameron McGriff  
21.0   Personal foul on Jagan Mosely  
8.0 +3 Cameron McGriff made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Keylan Boone 36-32
1.0   Mac McClung missed jump shot  
0.0   End of period  

2nd Half

Time Team Play Score
19:42   Lindy Waters III missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:40   Defensive rebound by Jamorko Pickett  
19:34 +2 Mac McClung made jump shot 38-32
19:11   Offensive foul on Lindy Waters III  
19:11   Turnover on Lindy Waters III  
19:00   Traveling violation turnover on Omer Yurtseven  
18:42   Traveling violation turnover on Cameron McGriff  
18:42   Jagan Mosely missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:40   Offensive rebound by Jagan Mosely  
18:42   Mac McClung missed layup  
18:40   Offensive rebound by Omer Yurtseven  
18:42 +2 Omer Yurtseven made dunk 40-32
18:00   Yor Anei missed jump shot  
17:58   Defensive rebound by Omer Yurtseven  
17:52   Mac McClung missed layup, blocked by Yor Anei  
17:50   Defensive rebound by Cameron McGriff  
17:40 +3 Chris Harris Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Lindy Waters III 40-35
17:20 +2 Mac McClung made jump shot, assist by Terrell Allen 42-35
17:12   Shooting foul on Jagan Mosely  
17:12 +1 Lindy Waters III made 1st of 2 free throws 42-36
17:12 +1 Lindy Waters III made 2nd of 2 free throws 42-37
16:55   Terrell Allen missed jump shot  
16:53   Defensive rebound by Chris Harris Jr.  
16:38 +2 Lindy Waters III made layup 42-39
16:24 +2 Omer Yurtseven made jump shot 44-39
16:00 +3 Thomas Dziagwa made 3-pt. jump shot 44-42
15:43 +2 Omer Yurtseven made dunk, assist by Jamorko Pickett 46-42
15:21 +3 Thomas Dziagwa made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Lindy Waters III 46-45
15:01   Bad pass turnover on Mac McClung  
14:44   Yor Anei missed layup  
14:42   Defensive rebound by Jamorko Pickett  
14:32   Jamorko Pickett missed layup  
14:30   Offensive rebound by Jamorko Pickett  
14:09 +2 Omer Yurtseven made jump shot, assist by Jagan Mosely 48-45
13:46 +3 Chris Harris Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Cameron McGriff 48-48
13:17   Terrell Allen missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:15   Offensive rebound by Omer Yurtseven  
13:05   Omer Yurtseven missed layup  
13:03   Offensive rebound by Georgetown  
13:02   Jahvon Blair missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:00   Offensive rebound by Jamorko Pickett  
12:56   Turnover on Jamorko Pickett  
12:50   Lindy Waters III missed jump shot  
12:48   Offensive rebound by Cameron McGriff  
12:47   Personal foul on Omer Yurtseven  
12:43 +2 Yor Anei made layup, assist by Lindy Waters III 48-50
12:43   Shooting foul on Omer Yurtseven  
12:43 +1 Yor Anei made free throw 48-51
12:25   Lost ball turnover on Jahvon Blair, stolen by Avery Anderson III  
12:17   Chris Harris Jr. missed layup  
12:15   Defensive rebound by Qudus Wahab  
12:15   Personal foul on Avery Anderson III  
12:14   Bad pass turnover on Jahvon Blair, stolen by Thomas Dziagwa  
12:10 +2 Chris Harris Jr. made layup 48-53
11:48   Shooting foul on Kalib Boone  
11:48 +1 Mac McClung made 1st of 2 free throws 49-53
11:48 +1 Mac McClung made 2nd of 2 free throws 50-53
11:30   Kalib Boone missed layup, blocked by Omer Yurtseven  
11:28   Defensive rebound by Omer Yurtseven  
11:09 +2 Galen Alexander made dunk, assist by Omer Yurtseven 52-53
10:48 +2 Lindy Waters III made jump shot 52-55
10:27   Galen Alexander missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:25   Offensive rebound by Omer Yurtseven  
10:11 +3 Mac McClung made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Galen Alexander 55-55
10:02   Thomas Dziagwa missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Mac McClung  
10:00   Defensive rebound by Jagan Mosely  
9:52   Terrell Allen missed layup, blocked by Jonathan Laurent  
9:50   Offensive rebound by Georgetown  
9:47 +3 Mac McClung made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terrell Allen 58-55
9:28   Thomas Dziagwa missed 3-pt. jump shot