WASHINGTON (AP) -Greg Monroe was all but unstoppable Saturday, making his first eight shots and finishing with 21 points and 14 rebounds to help No. 12 Georgetown beat Rutgers 88-63 in a Big East mismatch.
Monroe finished 10 of 12 from the field, working the paint with seemingly every move in the book, and the only way the Scarlet Knights could quiet him was to settle back into a tight zone defense. That opened the way for Chris Wright to hit 4-of-5 3-point attempts, and the junior guard finished with 16 points and six assists.
Austin Freeman added 14 points for the Hoyas (15-3, 6-2), who appear headed to the top 10 after a win at No. 9 Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Georgetown never trailed, didn't commit a turnover until the game was more than 11 minutes old, led 46-29 at the half and shot 63 percent for the game.
Jonathan Mitchell scored 21 points to lead the Scarlet Knights (9-10, 0-7), who have lost eight straight and remain the only winless team in Big East play. The team's leading scorer on the season, Mike Rosario, was shadowed everywhere he went and scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half, after Georgetown had the game well in hand.
Hamady Ndiaye added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Scarlet Knights, who have played five of eight games against teams ranked 12th or higher. Rutgers has lost eight in a row to Georgetown, last beating the Hoyas in 2003.
The game was essentially over after a 12-0 run that included a pair of 3-pointers from Wright gave the Hoyas 29-14 lead midway through the first half. Rutgers twice cut the lead to eight, but Monroe scored on back-to-back inside moves in a 7-0 run to end a first half in which Rutgers committed 10 turnovers.
The Hoyas opened the second half with another 7-0 run. Rutgers responded with an 8-0 spurt, but Monroe quieted that rally with a 3-pointer, his first outside basket of the game.
His perfect shooting game came to an end about a minute later when he wasn't able to convert an offensive rebound, but he soon followed with a soft fadeaway jumper and went to his left hand to make a tough, contested shot that gave his team a 30-point lead.
The lopsided game gave Georgetown coach John Thompson III a chance to use a bench that has seen sparse work in Big East play. When Vee Sanford and Henry Sims made baskets in the second half, they became only the third and fourth Hoyas subs to score in a conference game this season.
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