Story By: Richard Thomas
Photos By: Sol Tucker
Coming into the game tonight against the Wildcats, Hoyas Head Coach said his team continued to work hard this week after a disappointing loss in their last game, apparently that paid off tonight with a solid convincing victory over the Villanova Wildcats. Will it be enough to help them into to the tournament, we say not just yet, but the Big East Tournament will tell the behold the final answer.
The Wildcats (20-7, 11-3 Big East) saw their nine-game winning streak snapped against the Hoyas (16-10, 6-7), who last defeated Villanova on Jan. 19, 2015 at the same venue. The Cats also lost back-to-back Big East games for the first time since Feb. 23 and March 2, 2013.
“This is a big victory for our team tonight,” said Ewing. “We played 40 minutes of basketball tonight and didn’t let them get any advantages on either end of the court.”
There were time in the second half where it looked like Jay Wright’s troops were missing in action when it came to getting the ball in the paint and instead relied on shots from long range that fell short time after time.
For the Hoyas, another big game from Freshman Mac McClung who
scored 17 points in the first half in sparking the Hoyas to a 42-32 lead.
Starting the second half the Hoyas continued to come out strong and used a combination of McClung and Jesse Govan down low to beat up the Wildcats.
The Hoyas had an 11-1 advantage in second-chance points while the game was still in doubt. Georgetown had 16 fast-break points and got into its offense quickly in the half-court.
Govan would have two big shots in the final minutes for the Hoyas, including one open dunk that kept the 11k or so Hoya faithful on their feet to see the biggest victory of the season so far and a chance to at least make the NIT Tournament with a solid finish over the next few weeks.