Porter leads Georgetown past Providence 74-65

Porter leads Georgetown past Providence 74-65
January 16, 2013, 9:38 pm
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Providence forward Kadeem Batts, top left, shoots as Georgetown forward Nate Lubick (34) tries to draw a foul during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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WASHINGTON (AP) Otto Porter had 20 points and eight rebounds, and Georgetown beat Providence 74-65 Wednesday night.

The Hoyas (12-3, 2-2 Big East) have won eight straight over the Friars (9-8, 1-4).

Bryce Cotton, who entered the game leading Big East players with 21.6 points per game, paced Providence with 21 points.

Markel Starks added 16 points and seven assists for Georgetown.

The Hoyas were playing their second straight game without forward Greg Whittington, who was declared academically ineligible.

Georgetown coach John Thompson III said in a statement that Whittington ``will not participate in competition until further notice.''

Whittington ranks second on the team in points (12.1) and rebounds (7.0) per game.

The offensive struggles that have plagued the Hoyas this season scarcely appeared in the first half Wednesday. Georgetown shot 67 percent from the field (16 of 24) and 4 of 8 on 3-pointers in the opening frame.