WASHINGTON - Georgetown trailed by 10 points at the half and pulled to within four points in the second half, but could not keep up as No. 2 Villanova used a second half run en route to an 81-55 win over the Hoyas at Verizon Center Saturday afternoon.
It was the fifth-straight loss for the Hoyas, who close out the regular season with a 14-17 overall record and a 5-13 mark in the BIG EAST Conference, while Villanova improves to 28-3 and 15-3 in league play.
Prior to tipoff, the men's basketball program honored four members of the team -- senior manager Jon Recchia, as well as three players: graduate student guard Rodney Pryor (Evanston, Ill./Notre Dame Prep/Robert Morris), senior forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic) and senior center Bradley Hayes (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood).
Pryor scored 21 points and had seven rebounds to lead the Hoyas, while sophomore center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) added seven points and seven rebounds and sophomore forward Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) chipped in six points and seven rebounds.
Junior guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) scored 15 points and had four rebounds, while Pryor added 11
Villanova led 38-28 at the break, using a 9-3 run in the last five minutes of the first half. A 3-pointer from Jalen Brunson gave the 'Cats the 38-23 edge before a layup from Govan and a 3-pointer from Cameron pushed the Hoyas within 10 at intermission.
The Hoyas rode the hot shooting of Pryor to jump out to an early lead, as the graduate student scored 13 points and connected on 5-of-9 shots from the floor, including three from long distance. A jumper from Pryor gave GU a 10-7 lead with 14:15 to play and one from Peak with 11:50 to play gave the Blue & Gray a 15-11 lead.
Georgetown held a 15-14 lead, but a jumper from Dante DiVincenzo gave Villanova a 16-15 lead and was part of six-straight points as the lead grew to 20-15 on a layup from Mikael Bridges. GU pulled to within three (20-17) on a 3-pointer from Pryor with 9:13 to play. A pair of free throws from junior forward Akoy Agau (Omaha, Neb./Omaha Central/Louisville) cut the VU lead to 26-20 before the Wildcats made their late run to widen the gap at the half.
Georgetown, seeded No. 9, plays next on Wednesday, March 8 in the opening round of the BIG EAST Tournament against St. John's, the No. 8 seed. Tipoff at the World's Most Famous Arena in New York City is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on FS1, with Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery calling all of the action.