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Jeff Greer scored 22 points, Todd Billet had 18 and they combined to lead a 21-6 second-half run that carried Rutgers to an 88-71 victory over Georgetown on Tuesday night.

Greer had 10 points and Billet added five in the spurt that turned a three-point half-time lead into a 55-37 advantage and helped Rutgers (15-11, 6-7 Big East) end a three-game winning streak by Georgetown (15-11, 5-8).

Kevin Braswell had 24 points and Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje added 22 and 10 rebounds for Georgetown in physical game that featured 54 personal fouls and 70 free throw attempts.

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  • The Scarlet Knights held Georgetown to 33 percent shooting from the field and had its bench outscore the Hoyas 34-7 in avenging a 71-55 loss to the Hoyas on Jan. 29.

    While Rutgers' bench outscored the Hoyas 20-1 in the first half to help build a 34-31 lead, the starters did the job of putting Georgetown away in the opening six minutes of the second half.

    Billet started things with a jumper and then Greer, who had scored only 25 points in five previous games against the Hoyas, scored seven straight points. He picked up a loose ball and scored in close and, after Boumtje-Boumtje scored in the lane, Greer added two free throws and a 3-pointer for a 43-33 lead.

    After Billet traded a 3-pointer for baskets by Lee Scruggs and Nat Burton, Rutgers scored the next nine points with Greer hitting another 3-pointer and Dahntay Jones bringing the crowd of 7,641 to its feet with a dunk over Boumtje-Boumtje.

    Georgetown was 3 of 12 from the field, had a turnover and missed the front end of a one-and-one in the spurt. They never got closer than nine points the rest of the way.

    Greer, a junior forward, also added nine rebounds and six assists, also team highs.

    The 88 points were the most scored by Rutgers in a conference game this year and the second-most given up by Georgetown in any game this season.

    The first half had ery little flow with the officials calling 24 fouls that resulted in 35 foul shots. The difference in Rutgers taking a 34-31 lead was the Scarlet Knights bench, which was outscored 29-5 in an 82-70 loss to Villanova on Sunday.

    Luis Flores, Mike Tompson and Renardo Brown, who had two points in the loss to Georgetown earlier this year, had 14 in the half. Joel Salvi added six.

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