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Georgetown 56 Villanova 54: Quick Recap

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In what was an ugly and sloppy battle between two longtime Big East rivals, the Georgetown Hoyas survived a late rally from the Wildcats and held on for a two point victory.

The opening minutes gave an early look at what the fans would see over the entire game.  Both teams shot extremely poorly and with 11:46 remaining in the half Villanova led just 11-8.  At that point, Villanova was 2 for 11 from the field while Georgetown was 3 for 10.

Eventually, Georgetown found its grove and hit 11 of their next 14 shots.  Were it not for a heavy dose of first half free throw attempts, where Villanova hit 13 of 16, the Wildcats would have been staring at a much bigger deficit at the half than 32-27.

In that first half, Villanova shot 7 for 24, including 0 of 6 from beyond the arc.

Georgetown was led by Nikita Mescheriakov and Greg Monroe, who both had eight points.  The total was already a career-high for Mescheriakov , who finished with 11.

Dante Cunningham was the only Wildcat to perform well offensively in the first half as he hit the break with eight points.

Villanova opened the second half with a Scottie Reynolds 3-point basket, the team’s first of the game.  However, DaJuan Summer hit a 3-point shot of his own on the next possession.  It was an early preview of what would be a back and forth second half.

With 5:07 remaining in the second half, Cunningham made a basket to cut the Georgetown lead to 52-50.  In what would be the most crucial portion of the game, Georgetown and Villanova traded missed baskets and turnovers over the next several minutes.  The score did not change until Corey Stokes hit a free throw with with 1:15 remaining.

The Wildcats would get no closer as Chris Wright took over the final minute for Georgetown and scored four points.  Villanova’s comeback attempt had died and Georgetown escaped with a 56-54 victory.

Cunningham led the way for the Wildcats with 13 points and nine rebounds.  Reynolds was the only other player in double figures for Villanova as he finished with 12.

Georgetown was led by a big second half from Summers.  11 of his 16 points came in the final 20 minutes.  Wright also had a strong game, finishing with 13 points.

After the game both coaches praised the Georgetown defense.  It held Villanova to 33.3 percent shooting, including 3 for 16 from long range.  Both coaches said the key was the way Georgetown was able to prevent Cunningham from getting the ball.

Villanova’s hope of a double-bye is still alive, but no longer in their own hands.  For the Wildcats to move up to fourth, they cannot afford a loss to Notre Dame on Monday.

-David Cassilo

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