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No. 23 Wildcats Defeat Hoyas, 67-56

Feb. 27, 2005

Final Stats

AP Sports Writer

WASHINGTON  - Allan Ray scored 18 points, Will Sheridan had a season-high 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and No. 23 Villanova throttled one of the Big East's top freshmen to win its fifth straight game, 67-56 over Georgetown on Sunday.

Kyle Lowry added 12 points and seven assists for the Wildcats, who held Georgetown without a field goal for 7{ minutes in the second half. Villanova limited Jeff Green - one of two favorites for Big East rookie of the year - to five points, matching his season-low.

The victory moved Villanova (19-6, 9-5) into sole possession of fourth place in the conference. While the Wildcats have almost certainly assured themselves of an NCAA tournament berth, the Hoyas (16-9, 8-6) have lost three straight and likely need at least two more victories to have a realistic shot for their first NCAA bid since 2001.

The victory avenged a 66-64 loss to Georgetown at Villanova on Jan. 15, the day the Wildcats celebrated the 20th anniversary of the stunning upset over the Hoyas in the 1985 NCAA final. Some of the Villanova fans who made the trip Sunday chanted "85" and "N-I-T" in the closing minutes. The Wildcats have never lost in five games at the MCI Center.

The Wildcats did not shoot well - Ray went 5-for-17 and Randy Foye was 3-for-11 - but their defense did more than enough. Villanova double-teamed Green at every opportunity when Georgetown fed the ball inside, and the Hoyas' 3-point shooting failed to compensate except for a brief hot streak that cut a 12-point halftime deficit to six points early in the second half.

But Georgetown made only three field goals in the final 9 minutes, all 3-pointers in the final 2:10. Brandon Bowman, the Hoyas' only player in double figures, scored 22 points and fouled out in the final minute. Green finished 1-for-5 from the field, and Ashanti Cook was 3-for-14.



The Hoyas have struggled in the first half all season, and Sunday was no exception. They started 2-for-10 from the field with four turnovers in the first 9 minutes. They were 1-for-10 from 3-point range before Darrel Owens hit two in the final 2 minutes to keep the half from being a complete embarrassment.

Villanova also started slowly against a tough Georgetown defense, but Ray's jumpers and Sheridan's inside baskets helped build a 16-point lead late in the half and a 29-17 halftime lead. Sheridan was 4-for-5 from the field at halftime, an aberration in a half in which the teams combined to make just 19 of 52 shots.

Lowry was able to create baskets early in the second half, and Ray made two more jumpers to keep Villanova in the lead. Lowry started his second straight game in place of point guard Mike Nardi, who sprained an ankle in practice last week.

Curtis Sumpter added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats.