Story By: Richard Thomas
Photos By: Sol Tucker
There have been some big games in Hoyas history, but tonight this one certainly will go down in the record books as one of those big games and then some.
The Hoyas who dominated the game from the start looked as if they were the 4th ranked team in the Nation, not the Wildcats. After the game, Hoyas Head
Coach John Thompson III said the fan reaction may have been a little too much.
“The kids, the fans, the students watch a lot of TV, so they’re excited, they storm the court,” Thompson said. “Yeah, I probably wish they hadn’t done that.”
Freshman Isaac Copeland, whose 3-pointer in the final seconds beat Butler on Saturday, scored a career-high 17 points against the Wildcats, and D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera also had 17 for the Hoyas (13-5, 5-2), who pulled away early with a 17-0 run on the way to a 42-20 halftime lead. Georgetown shot 60 percent in the first half and 51 percent for the game to move one-half game ahead of Villanova (17-2, 4-2).
“We played a team that we couldn’t overcome,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said. “We’ve done this before, got down, got a little sloppy offensively, and we’ve been able to overcome it. This team is too good, this atmosphere was too good, to overcome playing like that.”