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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Sugar Rodgers scored a career-high 34 points, and No. 5 seed Georgetown breezed past fourth-seed Maryland 79-57 Tuesday night to advance to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament for the first time.
The Hoyas (24-10) bolted to an 11-0 lead, made it 40-26 at halftime and increased the margin to 23 points with 16:23 left.
Georgetown will next face top-seed Connecticut in the Philadelphia Regional. The Hoyas went 0-2 against their Big East rivals this season.
Making its third appearance in the NCAA tournament, Georgetown dominated both sides of the court in this matchup of rival schools located only 15 miles apart. Rodgers, a sophomore guard, led the way with a 21-point first half.
Alyssa Thomas had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Maryland (24-8), and Lynetta Kizer contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds. But the Terrapins, playing on their home floor, shot a miserable 32 percent and committed 20 turnovers.
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