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The senior was held to 16 points, his second-lowest total of the season, on 13 shots from the floor. Hinkle frequently works his way to the foul line, but had only three free-throw attempts against Georgetown.

“We wanted to make him drive, and when he drove we wanted to sit on it and make him dish out to his teammates,” Georgetown’s Hollis Thompson said. “I thought we did a decent job of that.”

At that point, Thompson looked over at his coach. John Thompson III simply smiled. Decent was plenty good enough since the Hoyas were clearly wary of what Hinkle could do.

“They were playing a lot of attention to him,” Jones said. “They were switching out on screens, they weren’t allowing him to get open looks. When he caught the ball, they were crowding him and if he did try to attack off the dribble, there were one or two guys there.”

* Superlatives for Starks. When little else went right for the Hoyas’ offense, Markel Starks made three 3-pointers in as many trips down the floor. He finished the game with a career-high 18 points.

“It was just a good day,” Starks said. “I told our manager, Eddie Bradley, I told him ‘I’m loose. I feel pretty good today.’ I shot it pretty well.”

And shot it, period. Starks made four 3-pointers against the Eagles. The sophomore had never tried more than four in a game until Saturday.

* Brewer missing. American (8-4) played without the injured Troy Brewer, who is averaging 14.1 points. That led Jones to make his first starting lineup change of the season, slipping Blake Jolivette (11 points) into Brewer’s slot.

“He’s one of our better players,” Jones said. “We would have liked to have had him out there. Bigger picture, that was what I decided what we needed to do. How much of a difference that would have made, I don’t know. But we’re clearly better with Troy in the lineup.”

* Not getting easier. The Hoyas are off to a 9-1 start (or better) for the fifth straight season. Maintaining it won’t necessarily be smooth.

Georgetown plays host to Memphis on Thursday, then plays its last 18 games against Big East competition. As well as the Hoyas have played, starts like Saturday’s are likely to be punished more severely going forward.