Expectations were pretty low heading to Philadelphia. I decided to parlay a trip to visit a friend into an added visit to the outskirts of the city to the campus of Villanova to check out my first Georgetown road game.
Georgetown played its best game in Big East play, but it still wasn’t enough as the Hoyas dropped their 28th straight game in conference play with a 77-73 defeat.
The Hoyas trailed by as many as 11 in the first half before cutting the deficit down to four at the break. Sophomore Jordan Riley scored 11 in the first half to lead a Georgetown team that was otherwise largely stagnant on offense.
In the second half of games this season, Georgetown has been second best time and time again. On Monday however, the Hoyas were the stronger team for most of the final 20 minutes, leading Villanova by as many as six with under ten minutes to play.
The Wildcats came roaring back after the under-8 media timeout and reclaimed the lead and didn’t look back. Three Villanova players scored 9 points in the second half to end Villanova’s three game losing streak.
With under a minute to play, Georgetown had the ball trailing by one point. The Hoyas promptly turned the ball over for the 13th time of the game, leading to a Cam Whitmore dunk to put the game on ice for Villanova.
Sophomore guard Primo Spears led the Hoyas with 19 points, 12 of which came in the second half. Jordan Riley finished with a career high 18 points, but didn’t score for the final 17 minutes of the game.
Georgetown extends its historic conference losing streak and will look to snap it once again on Saturday @ #8 Xavier.