WASHINGTON --- Chris Wright and Georgetown put on a show for the commander in chief.
With President Obama and Vice President Biden seated in the front row, the No. 7 Hoyas literally stole the game from No. 8 Duke, forcing five turnovers in a two-minute, first-half spurt on the way to an 89-77 victory on Saturday.
It couldn't have been a much bigger day for Georgetown: the president attending his first Hoyas game, the first sellout of the season in the 20,000-seat Verizon Center, a crowd mostly sporting "We Are Georgetown" T-shirts in a school-sponsored "gray out," the 200th win for coach John Thompson III, the launch of an initiative for Darfur schools, and, of course, a dominant program from the Atlantic Coast Conference in the building.
Wright seemed pumped for it all, scoring 21 points on 8 for 9 shooting and making two defensive plays that helped ignite an 18-3 run and gave the Hoyas the lead for good in the first half. Greg Monroe also scored 21, and Austin Freeman added 20 points for Georgetown, which shot 77 percent in the first half and 72 percent for the game.
Nolan Smith scored 19 points, Kyle Singler had 18 before fouling out with 2:10 to play, and Jon Scheyer added 17 for the Blue Devils, who shot 37 percent.
FLORIDA STATE 61, BOSTON COLLEGE 57
In Boston, Derwin Kitchen hit Florida State's only 3-pointer of the game in the closing minute and Solomon Alabi scored 16 points and had six rebounds, lifting the Seminoles to a scrappy win over Boston College.
Michael Snaer, Chris Singleton and Ryan Reid each finished with 10 points for the Seminoles.
It was just Florida State's third win in its past six games after a seven-game winning streak.
Rakim Sanders led the Eagles with 17 points. Joe Trapani had 15 and seven rebounds.
Kitchen also hit two free throws to seal it with 7.8 seconds left.
Florida State held Boston College to 43.6 percent shooting -- its 57th consecutive opponent held below 50 percent.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE 77, NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL 42
In Raleigh, N.C., Tracy Smith scored 23 points and North Carolina State took a break from ACC play in a victory over North Carolina Central.
The Wolfpack (14-8) improved to 84-11 in nonconference games at the RBC Center, which opened 11 seasons ago.