D Is The Key For Wildcats Against Georgetown
Jan. 8, 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) - Freshman Scottie Reynolds scored 16 points in a good old fashioned Big East defensive struggle, and Villanova beat Georgetown 56-52 on Monday night to end the Hoyas' seven-game winning streak.
Villanova (11-4, 1-2) snapped its own two-game skid and improved to 6-0 against Georgetown at Verizon Center.
The Hoyas (11-4, 1-1) led by as many as nine early in the second half, at 33-24, but their offense deserted them down the stretch, including a 6 1/2-minute span without a point down the stretch.
Georgetown's leading scorer, 7-foot-2 center Roy Hibbert, didn't attempt a field goal and scored only two points, while the team's No. 2 scorer, Jeff Green, finished with only seven.
Overall, the Wildcats shot only 19-for-50 (38 percent) from the field, while the Hoyas were 16-for-38 (42 percent).
Freshman DaJuan Summers led Georgetown with 16 points.
Mike Nardi's 3-pointer with a little under 10 minutes left - his only points of the game - tied it at 43-43. And when Reynolds made his only 3 of the game, Villanova led 46-43 with 6:20 remaining.
Summers' 3 pulled Georgetown within 48-47, and at the other end, he came across the lane to join Hibbert in blocking Reynolds' shot into the seats. But Villanova retained possession, and Reynolds' pull-up jumper restored a 50-47 lead.
In a rare instance of lax defense by Georgetown, Dante Cunningham's baseline drive and dunk made it 52-48 for the visitors, and Clark went 4-for-4 from the foul line down the stretch.
There was little to boast about by either team during a low-scoring first half that ended with Georgetown ahead 30-24.
Villanova made only one of its first 10 shots, and both teams had field-goal droughts of more than 4 1/2 minutes in the first half.
Villanova would steal the ball, then immediately toss away an ill-advised outlet pass. Georgetown would force an off-balance miss and grab a rebound, only to give the ball right back on a traveling call. On one inbounds play, Villanova threw it right to Georgetown, but Hoyas guard Jessie Sapp was called for a charge at the other end.
And so they went, back and forth.
Villanova matched its lowest scoring output for a half this season, shooting 7-for-22 from the field, including 1-for-7 on 3-pointers. Georgetown was slightly better in the opening 20 minutes: 9-for-23 overall, 4-for-12 on 3s.
The Wildcats turned the ball over 11 times in the first half, the Hoyas 13.