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Villanova vs. Georgetown final score: Villanova survives defensive battle in DC, 55-50

In a hard fought battle vs. their biggest rival, the Wildcats prevailed on the road.

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Daniel Ochefu's status was up in the air after bruising his tailbone against the Marquette Golden Eagles, but just hours before tip-off it was reported that he is battling the flu as well. Nevertheless, he started this afternoon and finished with 6 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks.

Josh Hart got the game started on the right foot as he stole the opening Georgetown possession for a breakaway dunk. D`Vauntes Smith-Rivera would score the next 5 points to take a three point lead, and that would be the largest lead the Hoyas would hold all game. Smith-Rivera was the star of the first half for G`Town, scoring 10 of their 22 points on 4-8 shooting.

Villanova's inside shooting kept them ahead for most of the first half; the team shot 1-8 from beyond the arc but 10-17 inside. Josh Hart and Ryan Arcidiacono lead the scoring with 6 points a piece at the break. Hart used drives to the basket and cuts down the baseline throughout the game to generate offense.

`Nova started the second half on a 7-1 run thanks to a couple of Hart layups and a Kris Jenkins three. Their lead would hover around 10 points for most of the second half thanks to missed shots by both sides. With just under 7 minutes left in the game, Georgetown's field goal percentage dipped to 28.6%. Villanova's field goal efficiency, which had reached 55% in the first half, was just above 40%.

With 6:00 left in the game, Georgetown went on a 7-0 run to cut the Wildcat lead to 43-38. A pair of Bradley Hayes brought the Hoyas within one possession, but as Hart had done all game he was able to draw fouls and sink his free throws.

The Wildcats seemed to put the game away up 48-40 with under two minutes remaining, however Smith-Rivera and Reggie Cameron hit back to back threes to again bring the Hoyas within a possession. Ryan Arcidiacono missed a three pointer on the next play, and Jessie Govan seemed to get the offensive rebound. However, the `Cats got a gift as Govan lost the ball immediately off his foot.

Villanova held on to win 55-50.

Hart and Arch and Smith-Rivera lead their respective teams in scoring with 15 points. Hart grabbed 12 boards on the day too. Mikal Bridges tied a season high with blocks with 3.