Villanova 56

(11-4, 1-2 Big East)

Georgetown 52

(11-4, 1-1 Big East)

    8:00 PM ET, January 8, 2007

    Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia

    1 2 T
    VILL 24 3256
    GTWN 30 2252

    Top Performers

    Villanova: S. Reynolds 16 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Stl

    Georgetown: D. Summers 16 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Villanova 56, Georgetown 52

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- When Curtis Sumpter fouled out with about 2½ minutes left against Georgetown on Monday night, Villanova lost its top scorer and senior leader with the outcome in the balance.

    Thanks to freshman Scottie Reynolds' 16 points, sophomore Shane Clark's foul shooting and some terrific defense, the Wildcats held on for a 56-52 victory in an old-fashioned Big East defensive struggle, ending the Hoyas' seven-game winning streak.

    "Every experience you have with young guys like that, it builds on their collective conscience," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "Scottie and Shane now have something like that."

    Clark scored 14 points, including going 4-for-4 from the line down the stretch, as Villanova (11-4, 1-2) snapped its a two-game losing streak and improved to 6-0 against Georgetown at Verizon Center.

    The Hoyas (11-4, 1-1) led by as many as nine points early in the second half but their offense deserted them down the stretch, including a 6½-minute span without a point.

    The Wildcats' pressing zone defense forced the Hoyas into a season-high 22 turnovers and generally disrupted the hosts, who often forced up outside shots as the shot clock expired.

    "They're so big and their half-court offense is probably one of the best in the country, so we wanted to limit playing against that as much as possible," Wright said.

    Georgetown's leading scorer, 7-foot-2 center Roy Hibbert, didn't attempt a field goal and scored only two points. The team's No. 2 scorer, Jeff Green, finished with seven points.

    "We need to work on that," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "We have to do a better job of getting (Hibbert) the ball in the paint."

    Freshman DaJuan Summers led Georgetown with 16 points.

    Sumpter was held to five points on 2-for-8 shooting before leaving with his fifth foul.

    But with Reynolds, Clark and Co. aggressive at both ends of the court, Georgetown never got comfortable.

    "They threw different looks at us -- different from what we were used to seeing earlier in the season," said Georgetown guard Jonathan Wallace, who had a career-worst six turnovers. "They tried to slow us down and get us out of our rhythm."

    And, as Reynolds put it: "Some of our defense led to offense."

    He's from nearby Herndon, Va., and had a personal cheering section in the upper deck. They let out some serious yelling when Reynolds made his only 3 of the game, putting Villanova ahead 46-43 with 6:20 remaining.

    Later, Reynolds' pull-up jumper put the visitors ahead 50-47. In a rare instance of lax defense by Georgetown, Dante Cunningham's baseline drive and dunk made it 52-48, and Clark made the lead stand up from the line.

    Overall, the Wildcats were only 19-for-50 (38 percent) from the field, while the Hoyas were 16-for-38 (42 percent). Villanova made only one of its first 10 shots, and both teams had field goal droughts of more than 4½ minutes in the first half.

    Villanova would steal the ball, then immediately toss away an ill-advised outlet pass. Georgetown would force an off-balance miss and grab a rebound, only to give the ball right back on a traveling call. On one inbounds play, Villanova threw it right to Georgetown, but Hoyas guard Jessie Sapp was called for a charge at the other end.

    And so they went, back and forth. Villanova trailed 30-24 at halftime, matching its lowest scoring output for a half this season, but Wright felt OK.

    "Keeping it close for us in the first half was good because we were able to get a little comfortable," he said.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 56 52
    FG Made-Attempted 19-50 (.380) 16-38 (.421)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-18 (.278) 6-20 (.300)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-17 (.765) 14-21 (.667)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 9

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