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Villanova 76, Georgetown 63

WASHINGTON - Collin Gillespie and Caleb Daniels each hit five 3-pointers and scored 18 points to lead No. 9 Villanova past Georgetown 76-63.

The game matched the preseason favorite Wildcats against a Hoyas team picked to finish at the bottom - but without fans and on unusual turf - it had the competitive feel for about 30 minutes of a conference tourney game in March.

The Wildcats (5-1) trailed by 18 early in the first half at Georgetown's empty on-campus gym - a surprising deficit considering VU entered as 11.5-point road favorites - until they got 3-point happy and showed again why they are the team to beat in the Big East.

The 6-foot-3 hard-nosed Gillespie shook off a slow start and keyed a 15-0 run that put the Wildcats in control of their sixth straight game on the road. Gillespie hit consecutive 3s early in the second that pulled Villanova within seven and another 3 that tied the game at 50. Daniels, a transfer out of Tulane, hit one more 3 that capped the 15-0 spurt and gave the Wildcats the lead.

The VU offense came to life after an off-kilter first, but it was the defensive improvement that had to please two-time national championship coach Jay Wright. The Hoyas (2-3) shot 56% in the first half and beat Nova on the boards by five to put them in position for a big-time upset.

The Hoyas hung around, shades of their one-point loss to Villanova on March 7. Daniels, though, buried his fifth 3 of the game during a 13-2 run with 3:22 left that stretched Villanova's lead to 68-61.


December 11, 2020