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
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.
"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
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
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.