On Saturday afternoon at the Verizon Center in the nation's capital, Villanova provided a lackluster offensive output in losing to the Hoyas of Georgetown 67-46. Even with the return of Maalik Wayns to the lineup, Georgetown's lock-down defense stifled the Wildcats all day, as the visitors finished with a total of 14 field goals for the game. Four players scored in double figures for the nationally ranked Hoyas; Jason Clark and Otto Porter had 15 each, while Henry Sims scored 12 and Hollis Thompson put up 10 points. For the reeling Cats, Dominic Cheek was the lone bright spot on the offensive end. Cheek poured in 19 points, but the rest of the squad was 8-37 from the floor, including Wayns' 1-10 effort. As a whole, Villanova shot 28% for the game, committed 13 turnovers, and scored 23 points in each half.
The downward spiral continues for Jay Wright's squad, although it's certainly not for lack of effort When Gtown jumped out to a 17 point lead in the first half, Villanova could've folded the tent, but they battled back to make it a 7 point game at intermission. Georgetown broke the game open late, as Nova just could not get anything going on the offensive end. It didn't help that JayVaughn Pinkston hurt his ankle in pregame warmups and only played a few minutes even though he shouldn't have been out there at all. With James Bell still out, the rotation is thin and the legs got real tired today down the stretch. Even if the Cats had a full squad, Georgetown is a much better team on both ends of the floor. They don't have any stars, but they all know their roles and feed off each other. In addition, the Wildcats just don't have enough weapons to carry the load.
Two games remain in the regular season; Thursday at Rutgers and Saturday vs. Cincy. After that, it's off to Madison Square Garden and the Big East Tournament.