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PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- On a bitterly cold Saturday, Otto Porter Jr. got hot down the stretch for No. 20 Georgetown.

Porter scored 10 of the Hoyas' final 12 points in a 69-63 Big East Conference victory over Rutgers at the Rutgers Athletic Center. The sophomore forward finished with 19 points, 14 rebounds and four assists.

Georgetown (17-4, 7-3 in the Big East) outscored Rutgers, 9-3, with Porter starting the run on a 3-pointer to provide the Hoyas with a 60-58 lead with 5:33 to go.

After Mike Poole tied the score for Rutgers, 60-60, with two free throws at 4:53, Porter scored the next five points to lift Georgetown to a 65-61 advantage with 1:15 remaining.

Rutgers had led, 56-55, but didn't make another field goal until 56 seconds were left to play.

Porter, the team leader in scoring (14.8) and rebounder (7.6), was limited to only four first-half points.

Eli Carter led Rutgers with 23 points. Junior guard Markel Starks contributed 20 points and freshman guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 13 points off the bench.

The loss was the sixth straight for Rutgers (12-10, 3-8) and third straight against a ranked team. The Scarlet Knights dropped a 62-54 decision to No. 24 Cincinnati on Jan. 30 and fell to No. 11 Louisville, 68-48, Feb. 6.

The score was deadlocked, 33-33, at the half and featured four lead changes, as both teams relied on the long ball. Rutgers was 4-of-7 and Georgetown was 5-of-10 from 3-point range.

Carter led the Scarlet Knights with 14 points in the first half. Starks and Smith-Rivera paced the Hoyas with 12 points apiece in the half.

NOTES: Georgetown is one of only four Division 1 schools with no seniors on the roster, joining Penn, Navy and Wright State. It's the second time in five years that the Hoyas have no seniors on the team. ... Rutgers' Myles Mack leads Big East Conference guards in field goal percentage at 50.3. ... In the last seven seasons, spanning 221 games, only 47 opponents have shot higher than 45 percent from the field against the Hoyas. This season opponents, are shooting only 37 percent from the floor against Georgetown, 13th in the nation.

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