Jan. 8, 2007
Washington, D.C. - Villanova freshman Scottie Reynolds broke a 43-all tie with a three-pointer late in the second half to cap a 10-0 run and the Wildcats hit four-straight free throws in the final 15 seconds en route to a 56-52 win over Georgetown in a BIG EAST men's basketball game in front of 11,816 fans at Verizon Center Monday night.
The loss ended Georgetown's seven-game win streak, as the Hoyas fall to 11-4 overall and 1-1 in league play. Villanova improved to 11-4 overall and 1-2 in the BIG EAST. It was the third-straight win over the Wildcats in the head-to-head series and the sixth win for the visitors since Georgetown made Verizon Center home.
Georgetown led by five points, 41-36, after a basket from freshman Vernon Macklin (Portsmouth, Va./Hargrave Military Academy) with 11:55 to play, but Villanova used a 10-0 run over a span of 5:33 and took a 46-43 lead on a Reynolds three-pointer with 6:22 to play. The Hoyas pulled to within one point, 48-47, on a three-pointer from freshman DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh), but a Reynolds jumper and a baseline dunk from Dante Cunningham with just over a minute to play pushed the lead to 52-48. Shane Clark hit four free throws in the final 15 seconds to seal the win.
Georgetown led by six points (30-24) at the break and a three-pointer from junior guard Jonathan Wallace (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman) gave the Hoyas their biggest lead at 33-24. A three-pointer from Curtis Sumpter and a layup from Reynolds cut the lead to four points, but a layup and free throw from Green pushed the lead back to seven points, 36-29.
The Wildcats, however, chipped away at the Hoya lead, scoring seven-straight points, holding Georgetown scoreless for 5:14 and pulling to within a point, 37-36, on a Shane Clark three-pointer. Georgetown responded with baskets from freshmen Summers and Macklin to push the lead back to five points, 41-36.
The Hoyas had jumped out to an early 10-4 lead after three-pointers from Summers and Sapp in the opening five minutes, but the Wildcats scored nine-straight points to take a 13-10 lead on a conventional three-point play from Scottie Reynolds. Georgetown tied the game on the ensuing possession, with Macklin hitting a free throw to cap a three-point play. Those three points were the first of seven-consecutive for the Hoyas, who got a free throw from Patrick Ewing (Marietta, Ga./National Christian Academy) and a three-pointer from Wallace, taking a 17-14 lead.
Georgetown would out-score Villanova 20-9 over a span of 9:32 in the last 10 minutes of the first half and took its biggest lead, 30-22, on a pair of free throws from Summers with 1:41 to play. A layup from Casien Drummond with 28 seconds left gave the Hoyas a 30-24 lead at the break.
Summers scored 16 points to lead the Hoyas, who shot 42.1 percent from the field (16-of-38), 30.0 percent from three-point land (6-of-20) and 66.7 percent from the free throw line (14-of-21). Wallace added 12 points, Sapp had seven points and four rebounds and Green finished with seven points and four boards.
Georgetown is off until Saturday, when the Hoyas travel to play at Pittsburgh. The game tips off at 9 p.m. and can be seen nationally on ESPN with Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale and Erin Andrews handling the action. It can be heard locally on Sports Talk 980 AM with the "Voice of Georgetown Basketball," Rich Chvotkin.