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COL BKB: Georgetown 83, Providence 81

Georgetown Hoyas Austin Freeman gets poked by Syracuse Orange Wes Johnson fighting for a rebound in the second half at the NCAA Big East Basketball Championship at Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 11, 2010. Georgetown defeated Syracuse 91-84. UPI/John Angelillo
Georgetown Hoyas Austin Freeman gets poked by Syracuse Orange Wes Johnson fighting for a rebound in the second half at the NCAA Big East Basketball Championship at Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 11, 2010. Georgetown defeated Syracuse 91-84. UPI/John Angelillo | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Austin Freeman scored 23 points Saturday to lead No. 14 Georgetown past plucky Providence 83-81.

The Hoyas (18-5, 7-4 Big East) held off a late charge by the Friars (14-10, 3-8) to extend their winning streak to six games.

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Georgetown led 46-34 at the half, but Providence roared back to outscore its host 47-37 in the second.

Jason Clark chipped in 18 points for the Hoyas and Chris Wright added 16, including four free throws in the final 20 seconds to keep the game out of reach.

Marshon Brooks poured in 43 points for Providence. Brooks was 17-of-28 from the field and hit two 3-pointers.

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