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“We knew they were going to make their run, and we just tried to stay composed,” Porter said. “We don’t want to get rattled or anything like that, and we did a very good job at that.”

Georgetown outhustled Notre Dame to loose balls on both ends of the court and outrebounded the Irish 35-24.

“I’m sorry the fans had to watch that,” Brey said. “It was like men versus boys. They really flustered us. Give credit to Georgetown. Any time we started to make a run, they made shots. We’re struggling a little bit right now.”

Georgetown was coming off a 61-58 loss to South Florida, a game in which they had let an 11-point lead evaporate. So Thompson said it’s too early to evaluate his team.

“We have to continue to get better,” Thompson said. “How would I sum us up? We weren’t good the other night. We were good tonight. Hopefully we’ll be good the next night.”

Cooley said his experienced team must find a way to respond after getting “punched.”

“We’ve just got to play better than that,” Cooley said. “That was just not a good effort at all. We just can’t start off halves really well and then slack off near the end. We have to keep up the intensity the entire second half.”