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Digest: Georgetown hammers winless Coppin State, 96-44

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The Hoyas men enjoy their largest margin of victory in a rout of Coppin State on Wednesday night.

The Georgetown men's basketball team removed any potential drama down the stretch against a second straight winless opponent from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, overwhelming Coppin State early for a 96-44 victory Wednesday night.

The Hoyas (4-4) never trailed in winning back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 13 thanks to a 24-4 outburst in the first half that included four three-pointers and a closing stretch of 12 consecutive points for a 32-9 lead. Coppin State (0-9) got no closer than 22 points the rest of the way at Verizon Center in Washington.

It was the largest margin of victory, the fewest points allowed and the second-most points scored this season for the Hoyas. The triumph came one game after Georgetown opened a 19-point lead on Howard but had to stave off a rally in which the Bison drew within eight late in the second half.

Georgetown shot 50 percent overall with a season-high 14 for 31 on 3-pointers (45 percent) against Coppin State. The Hoyas have made 27 3-pointers combined over the past two games, with both the Eagles and Howard choosing to deploy zone defenses in an effort to counter Georgetown's size advantage in the frontcourt.

"Quite honestly, 31 [3-point] attempts is probably too many," coach John Thompson III said. "They went to their zone for a long stretch of the game slightly more than midway through the first half on until the very end, and we made shots, but where we have to do a better job of is on our rotations of attacking, getting into the heart off the dribble. I thought we settled for too many 3s."

Rodney Pryor scored a game-high 30 points, making seven of eight from beyond the arc and shooting 10-for-13 overall before exiting the game for good with 15:35 left in regulation. The graduate transfer is the Hoyas' scoring leader, with a pair of 30-point performances since arriving at Georgetown from Robert Morris.

The 6-foot-5 guard who was the most outstanding player in last season's Northeast Conference tournament had 32 points in his Hoyas debut, a 105-60 win against South Carolina Upstate in the season opener Nov. 12.

Pryor became the third player in 13 years under Thompson to score 30 points twice in a season. The other two were Austin Freeman and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera.

"Just seeing the rim, being aggressive and taking good shots," Pryor said. "When we take those type of shots, not forcing anything, not taking tough twos and stuff like that, I was able to get really good looks at the basket due to my teammates moving the ball and running the floor."

In front of an announced crowd of 3,996, guard L.J. Peak had 10 of Georgetown's 22 assists, marking the first time a Hoyas player collected double-digit assists since Markel Starks' 11 on March 4, 2014, in a 75-63 win against Creighton. Peak, a junior, did not commit a turnover and added seven points and three rebounds.

Center Bradley Hayes chipped in 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists in helping Georgetown reach .500 for the first time since Nov. 21. The 7-footer missed the first four games this season as part of the NCAA's terms in granting him a fifth year of eligibility based on his freshman year, when he played sparingly and dealt with the death of his father.

The Hoyas opened the game by scoring 16 of the first 21 points, including three straight three-pointers, the first two courtesy of Pryor. Georgetown claimed its first double-figure lead after a pair of free throws from Hayes, who made four of five field goals for the game.

The Hoyas finished with a significant advantages in rebounding at 55-28, second-chance points at 31-3 and points off turnovers at 28-3. The rebound total was the most for the Hoyas under Thompson, eclipsing the 52 they had against Syracuse in a 64-61 overtime loss Feb. 8, 2012.

The Eagles shot 27 percent. Joshua Treadwell led Coppin State with 17 points on 7-for-14 shooting, and Tre Thomas had 16 points, making five of eight 3-pointers.

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Football: Maryland senior offensive lineman Michael Dunn was named to the All-Big Ten honorable-mention team for the second straight year. A former preferred walk-on, he has started 11 games this season, 10 at left tackle. ... Johns Hopkins senior linebacker Jack Campbell and senior safety Jack Toner, Gettysburg senior offensive lineman Cordell Boggs (Francis Scott Key) and Salisbury junior kicker Alex Potocko (River Hill) were named to the Division III CoSIDA Academic All-America first team. Hopkins sophomore offensive lineman Cameron Little made the second team.

Women's soccer: Johns Hopkins senior defender Adrienne Johnson, senior midfielder Ana Bengoechea and senior forward Meg Van de Loo and McDaniel junior goalie Sarah McDonald and junior defender Kristen Upton were named to the NSCAA NCAA Division III All-Mid-Atlantic team. McDaniel senior midfielder Christina Wroblewski and senior forward Nicole Hill and Lebanon Valley senior forward Sammy Bost (Liberty) made the second team. The third team included Hopkins senior goalie Clara Aranguren. ... Van de Loo was named the ECAC Division III South Offensive Player of the Year and was joined on the first team by Bengoechea, McDonald, Upton and Bost.

Men's basketball: Coppin State senior guard Keith Shivers, Towson junior guard Eddie Keith II, Navy senior guard Grant Vermeer and Hood senior guard Tanner Ruths were among 278 nominees for the Allstate National Association of Basketball Coaches and Women's Basketball Coaches Association Good Works Teams, which honor student-athletes who represent the sport's finest in the areas of community service and leadership among their peers.

Women's basketball: Maryland senior guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and senior center Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) are among 50 players on the Naismith Watch List.

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NHL: The Washington Capitals recalled forwards Paul Carey and Jakub Vrana, their 2014 first-round draft pick, from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League and reassigned Zach Sanford to Hershey.

NFL: The Washington Redskins signed defensive lineman Trevon Coley to the practice squad.

Baltimore Sun staff and news services contributed to this article.

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