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No. 1 Connecticut 87, Georgetown 64

January 3, 1999

STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Khalid El-Amin had 17 of his game-high 22 points in the first half and top-ranked Connecticut was nearly flawless from the foul line late in an 87-64 victory over Georgetown on Saturday night.

The Huskies’ quick-strike offense put Georgetown away early. UConn (11-0, 3-0 Big East) led 14-2 after four minutes and by as many as 27 points. El-Amin had four points in the opening run.

Georgetown (7-5, 0-3) had few good looks at the basket or second chances and shot an icy 22 percent in the first half. The Hoyas got their first consecutive baskets in the final 2 1/2 minutes of the first half when they went on a 6-0 run. Jake Voskuhl had all of his six rebounds and a block in the first half, helping to close down Georgetown’s inside attack.

The Hoyas warmed up a bit in the second half, and pulled within 12 points on Anthony Perry’s basket midway through the period. UConn responded with a 9-0 run on layups from El-Amin and Edmund Saunders, a 3-pointer from Albert Mouring and a foul shot from Richard Hamilton.

The Huskies were 20-of-22 from the free throw line in the second half and finished 26-of-32. Hamilton was 9-of-10 from the line.

Kevin Freeman and Hamilton had 16 and 15 points, respectively, for UConn.

Perry finished with a career-high 24 points.

The game marked the first time Georgetown played in Gampel Pavilion on the UConn campus. The last 16 UConn home games in the series have been played at the Hartford Civic Center, about 40 miles from campus.

The change of scenery did little to help the Hoyas. Georgetown holds a 29-18 edge in the series, but have beaten the Huskies only once in the last 11 games.

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