WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- This time, Notre Dame did not need overtime to take care of Georgetown.
Chris Thomas scored eight of his 29 points in a second-half run and helped the 16th-ranked Fighting Irish to hold off a late rally and snap a three-game losing streak with an 86-80 Big East Conference victory over the Hoyas.
Earlier this season, Notre Dame needed double overtime for a 93-92 victory over Georgetown (14-13, 6-10 Big East West). The Fighting Irish posted a 116-111 triumph in four overtimes the last time the teams met here.
Notre Dame (22-8, 10-6) struggled early, but forged a 37-37 tie at halftime. With the Irish down 51-47 just over six minutes into the second half, Thomas sparked a 14-4 spurt with a layup.
After Thomas hit a 3-pointer to put the Irish up 58-55 with 10:23 left, they never trailed again.
The Irish took control and held a 78-65 lead with 3:05 left, but the Hoyas did not go away. Georgetown went on a 15-4 run to get within 82-80 when Tony Bethel hit 1-of-2 free throws with 26 seconds left.
Thomas sealed the game with four free throws in the final 16 seconds. Georgetown had a chance to get back within two points after Thomas' first pair of foul shots, but Gerald Riley missed a dunk with 11 seconds left.
Thomas had seven rebounds and six assists, but hurt Notre Dame by committing 10 of the Irish's 22 turnovers. Georgetown, however, could not capitalize on those turnovers, scoring just 17 points off Notre Dame miscues.
Dan Miller scored 17 points and Matt Carroll added 15 as Notre Dame used hot 3-point shooting. The Irish shot 46 percent (11-of-24) from beyond the arc as Thomas and Carroll each drained three.
Notre Dame also had a 23-14 advantage in points at the line to overcome its turnovers. Backup point guard Chris Quinn matched Thomas with six assists.
Mike Sweetney led Georgetown with 26 points and nine rebounds. Riley added 21 points and six boards, along with four steals, while Bethel had 17 points and a career-high six steals.
Notre Dame shot 61 percent (14-of-23) from the field in the second half to win its fifth straight road game over Georgetown. The Irish also had success at the MCI Center earlier this season at the BB&T Classic with wins against Maryland and Texas.
Irish coach Mike Brey is 6-0 in the facility while Carroll improved to 7-0.
Notre Dame will face St. John's in Wednesday's first round of the Big East tournament, while Georgetown will play either Providence or Villanova.