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February 12, 2013

Porter drops 21 on Marquette, Hoyas win

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Porter Jr. Scores 21, No. 15 Georgetown Beats Marquette 63-55

WASHINGTON - Georgetown University sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./Scott County Central) scored 21 points to lead three players in double figures as the 15th-ranked Hoyas opened up a 10-point lead at the half and used a late run in the second half to pull away for a 63-52 win over No. 18 Marquette in front of 11,821 fans at Verizon Center on Big Monday.

It was the sixth-straight win for Georgetown, who improves to 18-4 overall and 8-3 in the BIG EAST, while

Marquette falls to 17-6 overall and 8-3 in league play.

Porter Jr. scored 21 points had seven rebounds, three assists and three steals while junior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) added 16 points and three assists and kunior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) scored 10 points had four rebounds and four assists.

The Hoyas led by 10 points at the break and held that lead in the opening minutes, with a free throw from Starks at the 16:11 mark making it 35-25. A 9-2 run from Marquette cut the GU lead to three points, 37-34, on a three-pointer from Jamil Wilson with 12:56 left.

Georgetown, however, responded with an 8-1 run over 1:28 - with Porter Jr. (4-of-4) and Lubick (2-of-2) hitting six free throws - top push lead back to 10 points, 45-35, at the 10:46 mark. The Hoyas continued to maintain that lead over the next three minutes, with a layup from Starks making it 47-37 (9:52) and a jumper from the junior guard making it 49-39 (9:12).

The lead was still 10 points, 51-41, after a dunk from sophomore center Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha), but free throws from Jamil Wilson made it 51-43 with 6:44 to play. The Hoyas responded with a 9-3 run over 2:45 and took a 60-46 lead on the three-point play from Porter Jr. The run was started by a three-pointer from Starks to make it 54-43 and included a jumper from Hopkins and a free throw from Lubick.

Despite only shooting 39.3 percent from the floor in the first half (11-of-28), the Hoyas took a 10-point lead into the break, 33-23, with Porter Jr. scoring 10 points.

The Golden Eagles had jumped out to an 11-6 lead in the early going on a dunk from Chris Otule at the 14:58 mark, but consecutive three-pointers from Starks at the 12:27 mark ignited an 11-2 GU run over 2:31 as Georgetown took a 17-13 lead on a three-pointer from Porter Jr.at the 9:56 mark.

The lead was two points, 20-18, after a layup from Trent Lockett, but Georgetown out-scored Marquette 13-5 over the final 5:17 of the half and took a 33-23 lead into the break on a layup from Hopkins.

The matchup with the Golden Eagles will be the 15th all-time between the programs, with each team having won seven games. The teams met earlier this season, in the BIG EAST Conference opener for both teams, with Marquette hanging on for a 49-48 win. Georgetown won the last game played at Verizon Center, a 73-70 decision on Jan. 4, 2012.

Georgetown is back in action on Friday, Feb. 15, visiting Cincinnati in a BIG EAST Conference matchup at First Third Arena. Tipoff is slated for 9 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN, with John Saunders and Bobby Knight calling all of the action. It can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.

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