Georgetown defeated visiting South Carolina Saturday night, 47-43, extending the Hoya's basketball winning streak to 10 games, just one short of the school record set in 1940-41.
For the second straight game, the highly ranked Hoyas, 12-2, overcame a team well-schooled in the art of disciplined, slow-placed basketball.
The difference between the win over South Carolina and Wednesday's 56-53 triumph over Navy was the shooting guard who made sure the visitors left McDonough Gym a loser.
Three times after South Carolina pulled within two points late in the game, John Duren struck with long jump shots. After Georgetown ran almost 3 1/2 minutes off the clock in a stall, Duren's perfect bounce pass found Derrick Jackson streaking to a basket for a layup and a 47-41 lead with 1:08 to play.
"You can't beat that shooting," said Frank McGuire, who took 512 college coaching victories into the game. "Every time we got down to two, that guy would hit."
Duren took more than 25 per cent of Georgetown's shots. He missed only two of 11 and finished with 18 points, two fewer than South Carolina's Mike Boyle.
Georgetown shot 55 per cent against South Carolina. The Hoyas are ranked 12th by UPI and 17th by AP.
George Washington returned to the friendly confines of Smith Center and celebrated with a racehorse 84-68 victory over Penn State.
It was the first time the Colonials had played at home since they beat Maryland on Dec. 10. In the interim, they had won two and lost three on the road.
The victory over the Nittany Lions improved George Washington's record to 7-4 and evened its Eastern Eight Conference mark at 2-2.
Mike Zagardo, with no one to challenge him underneath, made eight of 11 shots, scored 20 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for the Colonials.
Les Anderson added 18 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots for GW.
The Hoyas led, 36-29, at the half then used 17-3 and 18-3 spurts to put the game out of reach.
Howard University's tenacious fullcourt press and near-perfect free throw shooting ended Morgan State's four-year jinx, 93-74, before 3,200 at Burr Gymnasium.
The Bison led just 40-37 at halftime but gave Morgan a sound thrashing the remainder of the game.
Howard freshman Louis Wilson made all eight shots and was two-of-two from the free throw line to lead the Bison with 18 points. Harold Glover had 17.
Keith Lewis scored 14 first-half points and Riley Clarida 12 as George Mason built a 40-8 lead and defeated host University of Baltimore, 75-65, in the Mason-Dixon Conference. Mason is 4.7.