Villanova dropped its second consecutive game, 85-73, to Georgetown at the Capital One Arena on Wednesday night. The win for the Hoyas was their first over the Wildcats since 2015.
Nova only led once in the first half after a Phil Booth floater to make the score 8-7 in favor of the Wildcats. It proved to be the last time Jay Wright’s squad was in-front.
The Wildcat offense was frozen in D.C. as the team shot 38% from the field and an abysmal 24% from three.
The trusted duo of Phil Booth and Eric Paschall did their part contributing 42 of Nova’s 73 points despite their struggles from deep.
Big East freshman of the week Saddiq Bey pitched in nine points to go along with 10 boards and Collin Gillespie added 13 of his own.
The rest of the squad struggled to make an impact.
Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree contributed four points off the bench before fouling out with under a minute left. The sophomore was given fits all night on the defensive end of the floor by Hoya standout Jessie Govan.
Joe Cremo and Jermaine Samuels were held scoreless on the night.
While the offense was cold, the defense was almost non-existent.
Georgetown dished out 23 assists while shooting a combined 51% from the field. Nova had no answer for the Hoyas’ movement.
Freshman Mac McClung had his way against the Wildcat defense with 21 points on 6-of-12 shooting. McClung pitched in five rebounds and four assists to go along with his scoring surge.
The aforementioned Govan made sure that tonight was not a replay of the last time these two teams met. Govan was held to zero points before fouling out at the Wells Fargo Center.
That was not the case in D.C.
Govan tied McClung’s team high with 21 points as he dominated the paint. The big man also had a game high 11 rebounds.
The loss drops the Wildcats to 20-7 on the season and 11-3 in the Big East. Villanova returns to action on Sunday afternoon when they travel to the Cintas Center to take on the Xavier Musketeers.