Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
We must admit its been very difficult to watch the Georgetown Hoyas put on an effort this season. It is like some days they actually show up against an opponent and well there was tonight… Villanova, the top ranked team in the country. In previous years the Hoyas would have considered themselves under matched, but tonight, they just weren’t even in the building with competing against Jay Wright and his squad.
This game wasn’t even close from the opening tip, with Villanova’s Phil Booth and Eric Paschall connecting on consecutive 3-pointers on the team’s first two possessions. Omari Spellman drilled a short-range jumper shortly after, helping Villanova extend an 8-2 lead at the under-16 media timeout
Both teams exchanged baskets for the next several minutes, with Jessie Govan and Marcus Derrickson leading the Georgetown attack. Midway through the half, the Hoyas managed to hang with the top-ranked Wildcats, and trailed by just seven points. Following another media timeout, however, Villanova ran riot from deep, unloading an 18-0 run in the following three minutes with six straight 3-pointers. Govan and Derrickson temporarily stopped the bleeding with a pair of buckets that brought the game within 21 points, 31-10, but that was as close as the Hoyas would get. Brunson and Donte DiVincenzo joined the 3-point party to close the half, giving Villanova a comfortable 42-20 lead at the half.
“We have to regroup and come back and play strong Saturday. We knew coming into this game that Villanova was a very tough match-up,” said Hoyas Head Coach Patrick Ewing.
So how bad was this loss tonight by the Hoyas? Here are a few of the stats that stack up from this game.
Villanova set a program record for most 3-pointers made in a single game with 17.
Georgetown’s 32-point loss is the worst conference loss in program history, and the team’s first-ever 30+ point conference loss.
Wednesday night was the first time Georgetown lost a game by more than 40 points since Dec. 27, 1971, when they lost to Marquette by 44 points