- Dana O'Neil, ESPN Senior Writer
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WASHINGTON -- Inside or outside, pick your poison.
That's the impossible battle that Georgetown will offer as it rolls toward March. After a stunning loss to South Florida, the Hoyas put a smackdown on No. 2 Villanova 103-90, showing off the arsenal of weapons that will make them a tough out when it matters most.
As the Wildcats clogged in on Greg Monroe in the first half, Georgetown went to the arc, where Jason Clark knocked down four of the Hoyas' eight first-half 3-pointers. In the second half, as Villanova got more aggressive on the wing, the Hoyas simply went back inside. They sunk just two buckets from behind the 3-point line, choosing instead to go hard to the rim.
It worked just as well, thank you very much. The Hoyas scored 50 points in the first half and 53 in the second.
Meantime, Villanova fought valiantly in the second half, cutting the would-be blowout to 10 points. But without their A game offensively and their F game defensively, the Wildcats tumbled to their first loss in the Big East. But Nova will have to have short memories if it's going to stay near the top of the rankings. The Wildcats' reward for this hard fight: a date with West Virginia on Monday and upcoming meetings at Pittsburgh, Syracuse and another matchup with West Virginia.
The Cats are a potent offensive team but will need to find a way to play better defense to make noise not just in the Big East, but in the NCAA tournament. Scrappy is nice, as is disruptive, but stopping people is better.
The 103 points scored by the Hoyas is the first time Villanova has given up triple digits since 2004. Ouch.