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No. 15 Georgetown rallies for 7th straight win, 62-55 over Cincinnati

  • Cincinnati guard Cashmere Wright (1) shoots against Georgetown forward Mikael Hopkins (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    Cincinnati guard Cashmere Wright (1) shoots against Georgetown forward Mikael Hopkins (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)  (The Associated Press)

  • Georgetown coach John Thompson III questions a call in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Cincinnati, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    Georgetown coach John Thompson III questions a call in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Cincinnati, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin reacts to a call against during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgetown, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin reacts to a call against during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgetown, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)  (The Associated Press)

Otto Porter Jr. scored 16 points while playing in foul trouble, and No. 15 Georgetown wasted a 12-point lead in the second half before rallying for its seventh straight win Friday night, 62-55 over Cincinnati.

Markel Starks hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 5:35 left and made five free throws in final minute, helping the Hoyas (19-4, 9-3) stay atop the Big East. They were tied with Syracuse and Marquette heading into the weekend games.

Starks finished with 17 points. Freshman D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 14.

Cincinnati (19-7, 7-6) has lost three of its last four games with poor shooting. The Bearcats shot only 31.5 percent from the field against Georgetown and went 4 of 24 behind the arc. JaQuon Parker led with 15 points.

The Hoyas had lost their last four against the Bearcats and hadn't won in Cincinnati since the 2006-07 season. They've won nine of their last 10 overall.