- Associated Press - Saturday, February 18, 2012

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Hollis Thompson and Jason Clark scored 13 points each and No. 10 Georgetown shut down Providence’s shooters for the second time this season in a 63-53 victory Saturday night.

The Friars made just 14 of 54 field goals (25.9 percent). In the previous meeting Dec. 31, they hit only 13 field goals and shot 25.5 percent in a 49-40 loss.

Georgetown (20-5, 10-4 Big East) held Providence (13-15, 2-13) without a basket for a 14-minute stretch in the first half and led 31-20 at the break. The Friars cut it to 36-32 before the Hoyas went on a 13-3 run to open a 49-35 lead with 9:43 remaining. Thompson had seven points in the surge, starting with a 3-pointer.

Providence was led by Vincent Council with 13 points. He was the only Friars player to score in double figures against a team that had allowed the second-fewest points in the Big East, 58.9 per game.

Gerard Coleman, the Friars’ third-leading scorer at 13.7 points per game, missed the game because of the flu.

Georgetown won for the fourth time in five games and broke a tie for fourth place in the Big East with South Florida, which plays at Pittsburgh on Sunday.

The Hoyas held their biggest lead at 57-42 on two free throws by Jabril Trawick with 2:56 to play. Then the Friars chipped away, closing the margin to 58-50 on a 3-pointer by LaDontae Henton with 1:27 to go. But a dunk by Henry Sims and a free throw by Markel Starks built the lead back up to 61-50 with 47 seconds left.

Ron Giplaye started for Coleman after going scoreless in Providence’s last 10 games. But he scored on a tip-in that cut the lead to 6-4 with 2:37 gone. The Friars then went more than 14 minutes without a basket, but the Hoyas could only open a 21-11 lead.

Bryce Cotton broke the drought with a 3-pointer on a desperation heave just before the shot clock expired and Council scored on a fast-break layup just 17 seconds later, closing the gap to 21-16 with 3:02 left in the first half. It was the only basket of the half by Cotton, who went 2 for 17 in his previous two games.

Sims followed with a layup for Georgetown, but Providence hit four straight free throws and trailed just 23-20. Then the Hoyas scored the last eight points of the half in the final 1:20 on a 3-pointer by Clark, a layup by Otto Porter and another 3 by Thompson.