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No. 11 Georgetown downs No. 20 Notre Dame

Feb 28, 2012 - 5:16 AM Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Greg Whittington paced all scorers with a career-high 15 points off the bench, and No. 11 Georgetown downed No. 20 Notre Dame, 59-41, on Monday.

Jason Clark added 13 points and six rebounds while Henry Sims had 12 and six for the Hoyas (22-6, 12-5 Big East), who have won four of five. Otto Porter grabbed 10 boards in the victory.

Scott Martin and Eric Atkins each contributed nine points for the Fighting Irish (20-10, 12-5), who dropped their second consecutive contest after rolling off nine straight wins. No Irishman finished in double figures.

Notre Dame was held to an abysmal 33.3 percent (16-of-48) shooting from the field and finished with its lowest point total of the season. Its previous low was 50, in a win at Connecticut on January 29.

"It's a nice wake-up after an unbelievable run for us," Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey said. "I give a lot of credit to Georgetown and their defense. That may be the best defensive team we've played against this season."

It was a defensive struggle early, with neither team leading by more than three points for the opening 12 minutes, including a deadlock at 11 for over four minutes.

But Markel Starks broke the stalemate with a momentum-building layup at the 8:51 mark and Whittington drained a three-pointer on the Hoyas' next possession, giving the hosts a 16-11 edge and a lead they did not relinquish.

Georgetown scored 17 of the period's final 24 and led 28-18 at the break.

It was more of the same in the second. Notre Dame never sustained a significant run and watched its deficit balloon as high as 23. The Irish could not solve the Hoyas' suffocating defense.

Both teams had already earned at least one bye in the Big East tournament. With its win, Georgetown moved into a third-place tie with Notre Dame in the conference standings, where the top four teams receive double-byes into the tournament quarterfinals. Syracuse and Marquette have clinched double-byes.

"Honestly, I don't know where we stand. I know we're up there, but we have to go and beat Marquette," Georgetown head coach John Thompson III said, referring to the Hoyas' regular season finale.

Game Notes

Georgetown outrebounded Notre Dame 33-23...The Big East's fifth place team, USF (11-5), did not play on Monday...The Irish shot 17.6 percent (3-of-17) from beyond the arc...The Hoyas shot 52.3 percent (23-of-44) from the field and 36.4 percent (4-of-11) from three-point range.