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“Every scouting report says you can’t let him shoot,” Cronin said.

Thompson appeared to injure his left ankle with 15:31 remaining in the game. He left briefly, but insisted afterward the injury didn’t impact his play — or second-half disappearance on offense — in any way.

“They guarded me differently,” Thompson said in a low voice as the clock crept toward midnight.

Redshirt sophomore Sean Kilpatrick led Cincinnati with 27 points and senior Dion Dixon added 22. After Porter’s lone turnover, Dixon hit four free throws to cinch the victory.

Everything came back to the turnovers.

“We just turned the ball over,” John Thompson III said, then repeated the words. “I don’t mean to negate anything they did. But we shot ourselves in the foot.”

NOTE: Cincinnati freshman Ge’Lawn Guyn was taken to a hospital as a precaution after a scary first-half collision with Georgetown’s Greg Whittington when both players dove for a loose ball. Cronin said Guyn suffered concussion-like symptoms, but was “OK.”