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Then his words trailed off.

Sure, Georgetown cut Pittsburgh’s lead to five points in the second half and got within six points twice. But the communication problems and defensive breakdowns didn’t relent. Neither did Pittsburgh’s stream of uncontested baskets.

“It happened plenty of times, more times than it should,” Clark said.

Stout forward Nasir Robinson, who scored a game-high 23 points and hit all nine of his field goals, was alone under the hoop for a layup. No defender was around to stop Dante Taylor’s dunk. Patterson sliced to the basket along the baseline, like the defense wasn’t there.

Thirty-two of Pittsburgh’s points came in the paint.

“The other team’s big man is going to be smarter than me,” Robinson said. “So, I just used my quickness and finished plays.”

Freshman Otto Porter came off the bench to lead Georgetown with 14 points. Hollis Thompson added 11, but eight of those came in the final 53.4 seconds when the game was long-since decided.

Pittsburgh has never lost to a top-10 team at Petersen Events Center since it opened in 2002, going 12-0. Georgetown joined the list of victims, hurt by the deceptively simple problem.

“They were able,” Thompson said, “to get baskets too easily.”