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“We shot a lot of foul shots,” he said, “because we were fouled a lot.”

Georgetown had its problems on offense in the early going, waiting more than 6½ minutes between its first successful field-goal attempt of the game and its second. Rutgers scored 10 points in a row to go ahead 10-4.

That rough stretch included turnovers by the Hoyas on three consecutive possessions. And — surprise, surprise — it was Porter who put an end to the drought by making a pair of free throws after being fouled on a 3-point try, then hitting a turnaround jumper.

Georgetown led 29-28 at halftime. Rutgers, though, scored the first five points after the break on Miller’s three-point play and Kadeem Jack’s inside basket to lead 33-29.

At 33-all, Porter’s three-point play gave Georgetown the lead — for good, it turned out — and with 12 minutes left, his putback dunk off a teammate’s fastbreak miss put the Hoyas ahead 41-37 and awoke a rather quiet home crowd.

“I just have to do whatever necessary to win,” Porter said. “I think my teammates feel the same way.”