Georgetown’s Sad Scott won’t be sleeping well tonight, his slumping Hoyas dropped yet another one. Villanova handed the frustrated Georgetown Hoyas their fifth straight loss. However, it wasn’t an easy one for the Wildcats. Villanova ripped away the hopes of Georgetown coming up with a win with a late run that got them some separation. From there it was standard procedure – just get to the line and get insurance points by making free throws until the final buzzer sounds.
Georgetown quickly raced out to a 8-0 lead at the start of the game. Everything was working for the Hoyas, and the Wildcats just couldn’t seem to find solid footing to start the game. Jay Wright would call a time out and the Wildcats would come out of the time out into a 9-0 run of their own to take the lead. Later in the first half, Ryan Arcidiacono would sink back-to-back three pointers to help give the Wildcats a 19-12 lead. The two three pointers were Arcidiacono’s only baskets of the game. The sophomore guard would finish with 9 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. The Hoyas would not go away, Jabril Trawick would answer back with a three pointer of his own and a pair of D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera free throws would make the game close again. This was Trawick’s first game back after missing the previous five due to a broken jaw. The three pointer was his only score of the day. He logged 12 minutes coming off of the bench. The game would remain close, as the Wildcats got an offensive spark, the Hoyas would answer right back. Daniel Ochefu would make a jump hook as time expired in order to give Villanova a five point lead into the half.
The second half continued to be the tight contest that it was of the first half. The defense effort on both sides was excellent, although it could be debated as sloppy play for both teams since there was a total of 34 turnovers. (Villanova had 16 and Georgetown had 18.) The defenses held their ground until finally one side gave in. James Bell came alive and came up big for the Wildcats. He sunk three baskets from long range in the second half. Bell was a force on defense all game, picking up four steals. It was good to see him contribute at a key time in the second half. He would score 10 of his 16 points in the second half alone. Georgetown’s Markel Starks would drain a three pointer to bring the Hoyas within three with 2:06 remaining. It would be the last relevant basket that Georgetown would make. They would go 0 for 4 during a 2:05 stretch. Villanova would capitalize on the opportunity to build on their lead and ensure a victory. By the time Georgetown sunk their next basket, it would be a meaningless layup with one second left. At this time their fate was decided as Villanova was leading 65-60. The Wildcats would inbound the ball and wait for the final buzzer.
James Bell was the high scorer for the Wildcats; he had 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals. JayVaughn Pinkston added the last two points for the Wildcats off of free throws. He would finish with 12 points, 7 rebounds, and a pair of steals and assists. Daniel Ochefu finished a perfect 5 for 5 with 12 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Georgetown’s Markel Starks was the high scorer of the game with 20 points. Reggie Cameron chipped in another 12 points for the Hoyas.
Villanova will make one last stop on their road trip before heading back home. They play Big 5 rival Temple this Saturday, February 1, at 4 p.m.