Scores

Final

(2) Villanova 90

(20-2, 9-1 Big East)

(7) Georgetown 103

(17-5, 7-4 Big East)

12:00 PM ET, February 6, 2010

Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia

1 2 T
#2VILL 31 5990
#7GTWN 50 53103

Top Performers

Villanova: C. Fisher 24 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

Georgetown: J. Clark 24 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

Hoyas hand Nova first Big East loss; Freeman, Clark combine for 49

Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- One week earlier, President Barack Obama was in attendance. On Saturday, the Georgetown Hoyas further displayed their drawing power by attracting more than 10,000 fans on a day when a fierce snowstorm blanketed the nation's capital.

Those who trudged through an estimated 2 feet of snow were rewarded with a game they won't soon forget.

Austin Freeman scored 25 points, Jason Clark had 24, and Georgetown (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) forced 16 first-half turnovers in a 103-90 victory that ended No. 2 Villanova's 11-game winning streak and ruined the Wildcats' perfect Big East record.

O'Neil: Hoyas Hold Promise

With a blizzard outside, Georgetown displayed a flurry of offensive options en route to a win over No. 2 Villanova. For the second straight Saturday, the Hoyas proved they belong among national title contenders. Story

The Hoyas (17-5, 7-4) led by as many as 23 points in the first half and 50-31 at halftime. Villanova (20-2, 9-1) cut the margin to 10 but never threatened to complete the comeback.

"That was not one of our better performances, but you've got to give Georgetown most of the credit. They jumped on us," Wildcats coach Jay Wright said. "I think just getting down like that early here and playing that team from behind is really difficult to do."

Villanova scored 59 points in the second half, but their bid to erase the deficit was blunted by Georgetown's success at the foul line. The Hoyas finished 39 of 50, and more than half of their second-half points were the result of free throws.

"When you're trying to speed the game up, trying to go for the ball and taking risks out there, you're going to get called for fouls," Wildcats guard Scottie Reynolds said.

Fast Facts

• Georgetown scored 100-plus points against Villanova for the second time in school history as the Hoyas bounced back from their loss to South Florida. The Hoyas have won seven of nine against ranked opponents.

• Of Georgetown's seven players, five scored in double figures, including a game-high 25 from Austin Freeman and a career-high 24 from Jason Clark. Georgetown tied a season-high with 10 3-pointers.

• The Hoyas continued their success at home with their 12th win of 14 overall and sixth of seven against conference opponents.

• Villanova suffered its first loss in the conference after starting a school best 9-0, and ended an 11-game win streak and seven-game conference road win streak. Villanova's Corey Fisher and Scottie Reynolds each finished with 24 points in the loss.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Georgetown's parade to the foul line was led by Greg Monroe, who went 11 of 14 and scored 19 points and had eight rebounds and six assists. Villanova scored only 17 points on 23 free throws.

Reynolds and Corey Fisher each scored 24 points for the Wildcats, whose winning streak included an 82-77 victory over Georgetown on Jan. 17. Villanova's other loss was to Temple on Dec. 13.

"Just because we lost today, nothing changes," Reynolds said. "We'll do what we have to do to be the best team at the end of the season."

Reynolds moved into fifth place on the school scoring list and Fisher become the 52nd player in Villanova history to reach 1,000 points.

Despite the intense snow outside, the crowd at Verizon Center was 10,387. Those in attendance included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former NFL commissioner and Georgetown grad Paul Tagliabue.

Obama showed up for the Hoyas' win over Duke seven days earlier. He probably went through less difficulty to get to the arena than did the Georgetown students, several of whom walked 3 miles from campus to help fill the seats behind both baselines.

"For everyone to come out, it's truly appreciated," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "We feed off our crowd. For everyone to make the effort to get down here, on behalf of our team and the institution, we want to thank them."

Clark was 6 of 6 from the field and made all four of his 3-point tries during a 17-point first half. Seeking to rebound from a home loss to South Florida, the Hoyas shot 56 percent from the field, went 8 of 13 from beyond the arc and hit 12 of 13 free throws before halftime.

Villanova, in contrast, had more turnovers (16) than field goals (12) over the opening 20 minutes.

"Once we got down in the first half, then it's kind of a different game," Wright said. "You don't want to play that team that way."

Georgetown took control behind Freeman, who hit successive 3-pointers to spark a 15-2 run that made it 34-20. Wright was slapped with a technical foul during the surge, and Freeman made him pay by calmly making both free throws.

Minutes later, Clark made consecutive 3-pointers to begin a 16-4 surge that put Georgetown up 50-27.

Villanova had only two turnovers after halftime and twice got within 13 points early in the second half. It was 71-55 before Clark drilled a 3-pointer and Monroe added a dunk to make it a 21-point game with 9:13 left.

The Wildcats followed with a 13-3 spree to get to 79-68. Then, after Villanova closed to 81-71, a free throw by Freeman and a three-point play by Julian Vaughn pushed the margin to 14.

"We scrapped and fought, but it wasn't enough," Wright said.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
VILL
GTWN
Points 90 103
FG Made-Attempted 32-69 (.464) 27-48 (.563)
3P Made-Attempted 9-28 (.321) 10-19 (.526)
FT Made-Attempted 17-23 (.739) 39-50 (.780)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 38 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
Largest Lead 2 23

2009-10 Season

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