Georgetown Falls in Regular Season Finale at Villanova, 77-59

Georgetown Hoyas forward Mikael Hopkins (3) dunks. (Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports)

March 8, 2014

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PHILADELPHIA - Georgetown never recovered from a slow start and despite Markel Starks leading three players in double figures, the Hoyas never got closer than 11 points in the second half in dropping the regular season finale, 77-59, to No. 6 Villanova at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday afternoon.

As a result of the loss, Georgetown ends the regular season with a record of 17-13 and 8-10 in the BIG EAST. The Hoyas will enter next week's BIG EAST Championships as the No. 7 seed and play Butler on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Villanova finished the regular season 28-3 and 16-2 in league play, earning the top seed at the BIG EAST Championships.

Starks scored a game high 20 points, while D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 14 points and Aaron Bowen added 13 points off the bench.

Villanova put five players in double-figures and was led by Ryan Arcidiacono's 19 points as the Wildcats swept the Hoyas for just the second time in school history and the first time since the 1993-94 campaign.

Georgetown trailed 42-29 at the half and cut that deficit down to 11 points moments into the second half but failed to get closer despite shooting 50 percent (20-of-40) for the game.

Villanova connected on 51 percent from the field (27-of-53) from the field and committed just nine turnovers while the Hoyas tied a BIG EAST high in turnovers with 18.

After trailing 14-5 early on Georgetown used a 12-4 of its own to cut the deficit to just a point at 18-17 after a Smith-Rivera went coast to coast after a steal. Smith-Rivera had five points during the Hoyas run while Bowen put in four points including a breakaway dunk after another Smith-Rivera steal.

Bowen led the Hoyas with nine points in the first half while Markel Starks and Smith-Rivera each had seven points as Georgetown shot 58 percent from the field (11-of-19) and 50 percent from three-point range (4-of-8).

Georgetown struggled to secure the basketball in the first half by committing ten turnovers that lead to 13 Villanova fast break points as the Wildcats shot 52 percent in the opening half. Georgetown trailed by as many as 15 points at 42-27 but two Bowen free throws brought the halftime score to 42-29.

It was the third time in Bowen's career that he's finished in double-figures, all coming this season.

Notes: Markel Starks and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera became just the second pair of teammates to both tally over 500 points in the same season in Coach John Thompson III's ten seasons in charge. The only other time it happened was when Austin Freeman and Greg Monroe accomplished the feat during the 2009-10 season.

 

 

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