Green, No. 14 Hoyas edge Wildcats
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Jeff Green scored 19 points, grabbed 11
rebounds, and hit the go-ahead jumper for Georgetown as the 14th-ranked Hoyas
edged Villanova, 58-55.
Scottie Reynolds scored 18 points for Villanova (18-8, 6-6 Big East), but
missed a three-pointer from the top of the key at the end of regulation that
would have sent the game to overtime. Curtis Sumpter scored 15 points and
grabbed eight boards for the Wildcats, who had a four-game winning streak
Jessie Sapp scored 16 points for the Hoyas (20-5, Big East), who have won nine
straight, all league games. DaJuan Summers scored 13 points and pulled down
six boards for Georgetown.
Green took the pass on the wing, pump-faked a three that shook off ‘Nova’s
Mike Nardi, and calmly sank a pull-up jumper to give the Hoyas a 56-55 lead
with 19.8 seconds remaining.
Shane Clark missed an open three from the corner on the ensuing possession,
and the Wildcats quickly fouled Green, who came down with the rebound. Green
made both free throws with 3.6 ticks left, and Reynolds raced down the court,
but could not hit the game-tying shot as the buzzer sounded.
A 15-3 Georgetown run had given the Hoyas a 44-40 lead midway through the
second half, but ‘Nova had wrestled the lead away heading into the final
Reynolds scored 13 in the first half, and the Wildcats took advantage of foul
trouble for Hibbert to stretch out a double-digit lead. Two Reynolds threes
powered an 8-0 run midway through the half, with the second boosting ‘Nova to
a 21-11 lead with 7:52 left.
The ‘Nova lead topped out at 29-18, but then the Hoyas mounted a charge in the
last three minutes of the half. Georgetown scored the last nine points of the
half, capped by a 55-footer by Sapp at the buzzer that cut the Wildcats lead
to 29-27 heading into the intermission.
Villanova won the first meeting between the teams, 56-52, at Georgetown on
Jan. 8th…Nardi, a senior for ‘Nova, had a tough day, scoring two points on
1-of-6 shooting…’Nova again succeeded in shutting down Hoyas center Roy
Hibbert, who scored two points on 1-of-3 shooting.