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Georgetown 63, Marquette 55

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WASHINGTON - Otto Porter, Jr. scored 21 points and Markel Starks added 16 as No. 15 Georgetown won its sixth straight game with a 63-55 victory over No. 18 Marquette on Monday in a Big East Conference game at the Verizon Center.

Starks hit a 3-pointer to give the Hoyas a 54-43 lead with 6:34 left, and on the next possession Mikael Hopkins scored to give Georgetown a 56-43 advantage. Porter's basket and free throw with 3:42 left made it 60-46.

Georgetown is now 13-1 at home this season.

The loss dropped Marquette out of a tie for first place in the conference and into a tie with Georgetown for second place, a half-game behind Syracuse.

Marquette, in the midst of a tough stretch of games, got 13 points from Jamil Wilson.

The Hoyas (18-4, 8-3) led 33-23 at halftime, but Marquette (17-6, 8-3) pulled to within 37-34 on a 3-pointer by reserve Derrick Wilson.

But Marquette head coach Buzz Williams, who nearly came to halfcourt in the first half to call a timeout, was whistled for a technical foul when he argued with the refs with 12:13 to go in the game.

Porter hit two free throws, and on the next possession, his basket gave the Hoyas a 41-34 lead.

The Hoyas trailed 11-6 before rallying to take a 19-14 lead on a basket by D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera with 8:40 left in the first half.

A basket by Porter made it 24-18 with 4:46 left in the first half, and a basket by Hopkins late in the half gave the Hoyas a 33-23 lead at the break.

Porter had 10 points in the first half and teammate Starks added eight. Starks was 1-of-12 from the field in two games last season against Marquette, but he was 7-of-12 from the floor with 18 points in the game at Marquette in January.

Marquette's Chris Otule, averaging 4.6 points at game time, made three of the first four baskets for the Golden Eagles and had eight points at halftime as he made all four of his shots.

The visitors also got a basket early on from Juan Anderson, who entered the game averaging 3.4 points a contest. Vander Blue, averaging a team-high 15 points for the Golden Eagles, had just three points in the first half.

Marquette beat the Hoyas 49-48 on Jan. 5 in Milwaukee. That was the third of four games in which Georgetown scored less than 50 points this season.

Notes: The Hoyas entered Monday with a record of 12-1 at home. That one loss was 73-45 to Pittsburgh on Jan. 8, which came after a loss at Marquette. . . . Georgetown was coming off a 69-63 win on Saturday at Rutgers as Porter, Jr. had 19 points while Marquette won at home Saturday over DePaul as Blue had 18 points and Junior Cadougan had 17. . . .Georgetown will play on Friday night at Cincinnati while Marquette will host Pittsburgh on Saturday ... The Golden Eagles have two players from the Tidewater region of Virginia: freshman Jamal Ferguson (Maury High in Norfolk) and junior Davante Gardner of Suffolk and King's Fork High. Gardner was averaging 12 points at game time Saturday. . . .Marquette assistant Jerry Wainwright is the former head coach at UNC-Wilmington, Richmond and DePaul ... The Golden Eagles will honor their 2003 Final Four team on Saturday.
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