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Georgetown 53, Louisville 51

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WASHINGTON -- Otto Porter Jr. scored 17 points as host Georgetown handed No. 5 Louisville its third consecutive defeat, 53-51, on Saturday in a Big East Conference game.

Aaron Bowen's tip-in with 3:40 to go gave the Hoyas a 52-50 lead and Peyton Siva of Louisville missed a shot in the final seconds with the Cardinals trailing, 52-51.

The Hoyas (14-4, 4-3 in the Big East) got the rebound, Porter was fouled with 1.4 seconds left and hit the first free throw before missing the second.

A desperation heave by the Cardinals (16-4, 4-3) fell short at the buzzer.

Luke Hancock of Louisville, a transfer from nearby George Mason, returned to the area and had 12 points in only his third start of the season.

Russ Smith of the Cardinals came off the bench for the third time this season and had 12 points.

The Cardinals took their first lead of the second half on a 3-pointer by Hancock to make it 34-33 and he hit another 3-pointer to give Louisville a 37-35 lead with 16:33 to play.

But Georgetown took a 39-38 lead on a basket by Markel Starks and two three throws by Porter made it 41-38 with 12:10 to go.

Siva, who had 13 assists on Tuesday at Villanova, was in foul trouble most of the game and picked up his fourth foul midway through the second half.

Georgetown took a 21-12 lead midway through the first half and led, 24-15, on a 3-pointer by Porter with 10:08 left in the first half.

But the Cardinals, who made their first 12 free throws, started getting to the foul line to get back into the game.

Smith hit two free throws to make it 27-21 and Louisville pulled to within 29-27 on two free throws by Wayne Blackshear with 3:58 left in the first half.

Georgetown led, 33-29, at halftime as Porter had 10 points. The Hoyas made all six free throws in the first half, while Louisville made all 12, including a stretch of 10 points in a row from the free throw line before a field goal by Gorgui Dieng pulled the Cardinals to within 31-29 with 2:09 left in the half.

Smith, Louisville's top scorer, came off the bench for only the third time this season after he made only 2-of-13 shots from the field for eight points in the loss at Villanova on Tuesday. He was averaging 18.7 points per game before Saturday and had six points in the first half against the Hoyas.

The Cardinals, after 11 straight victories, were coming off back-to-back losses, at home to Syracuse on Jan. 19 and at Villanova on Tuesday, while Georgetown won Monday at Notre Dame.

Georgetown had scored 48 points or fewer in four of its games heading into Saturday.

The Hoyas were ranked in the top 25 earlier this season, but fell out of the poll after a 73-45 loss at home to Pittsburgh on Jan. 9.

NOTES: Louisville will host Pittsburgh on Monday, while the Hoyas host Seton Hall on Wednesday. ... Georgetown played for the fifth game in a row without Greg Whittington because of academic issues, according to published reports. He is averaging 12.1 points per game, second-best on the team.
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