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Hoyas bounce back to subdue Villanova

Georgetown’s Hollis Thompson, right, tries to pull a rebound away from Villanova’s Isaiah Armwood. The Hoyas dominated from the start in ending the Wildcat’s 11-game winning streak.

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Georgetown’s Hollis Thompson, right, tries to pull a rebound away from Villanova’s Isaiah Armwood. The Hoyas dominated from the start in ending the Wildcat’s 11-game winning streak.

WASHINGTON — One week earlier, President Barack Obama was in attendance. Saturday, Georgetown further displayed its drawing power by attracting more than 10,000 fans on a day when a fierce snowstorm blanketed the nation's capital.

Those who trudged through an estimated 2 feet of snow were rewarded with a game they won't soon forget.

Austin Freeman had 25 points, Jason Clark had 24 and Georgetown forced 16 first-half turnovers in a 103-90 victory that ended No. 2 Villanova's 11-game winning streak and ruined the Wildcats' perfect Big East record.

The Hoyas (17-5, 7-4), coming off a stunning home loss to USF on Wednesday, led by as many as 23 points in the first half and 50-31 at halftime.

Villanova (20-2, 9-1) cut the margin to 10 but never threatened to complete the comeback.

"That was not one of our better performances, but you've got to give Georgetown most of the credit. They jumped on us," Wildcats coach Jay Wright said. "I think just getting down like that early here and playing that team from behind is really difficult to do."

Villanova had 59 points in the second half, but its comeback bid was blunted by Georgetown's success at the free-throw line. The Hoyas finished 39-of-50, and more than half of their second-half points were on free throws.

"When you're trying to speed the game up, trying to go for the ball and taking risks out there, you're going to get called for fouls," Wildcats guard Scottie Reynolds said.

NO. 1 KANSAS 75, NEBRASKA 64: Cole Aldrich had six points during a late 16-1 run, and the Jayhawks (22-1, 8-0 Big 12) used a big second half to win their 55th straight home game.

NO. 4 KENTUCKY 81, LSU 55: DeMarcus Cousins had 17 points and 12 rebounds for his sixth straight double double for the visiting Wildcats (22-1, 7-1 SEC).

ILLINOIS 78, NO. 5 MICHIGAN ST. 73: Demetri McCamey had 22 points and 11 assists to lead the host Illini. The Spartans (19-5, 9-2 Big Ten) lost their second in a row without Kalin Lucas, who has a sprained right ankle.

NO. 6 W. VA. 79, ST. JOHN'S 60: Da'Sean Butler had a season-high 33 points and hit all seven 3-pointers as the visiting Mountaineers (19-3, 8-2 Big East) rallied in the second half.

OKLAHOMA 80, NO. 9 TEXAS 71: Tommy Mason-Griffin had 24 points and Cade Davis 20 points and 10 rebounds for his second career double double in a game dedicated to late Sooners star Wayman Tisdale. The visiting Longhorns (19-4, 5-3 Big 12) made just 10 of 27 free throws.

NO. 10 DUKE 66, BC 63: Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith had 21 points each as the visiting Blue Devils (19-4, 7-2 ACC) held on.

NO. 10 KANSAS ST. 79, IOWA ST. 75: Denis Clemente had a season-high 30 points, including six 3-pointers, and the Wildcats (19-4, 6-3) won their fourth straight road game.

UNLV 88, NO. 12 BYU 74: Junior guard Tre'Von Willis had a career-high 33 points for the host Runnin' Rebels, who tied the Cougars (22-3, 7-2) for first place in the Mountain West.

NO. 14 TENN. 79, S.C. 53: Wayne Chism had a career-high 30 points as the host Vols (18-4, 6-2 SEC) won their sixth straight over the Gamecocks.

NO. 15 NEW MEXICO 88, SAN DIEGO ST. 86: Darington Hobson had eight of his 29 points in overtime, including two free throws with 2.7 seconds left, for the host Lobos (21-3, 7-2 Mountain West).

NO. 16 WISCONSIN 62, MICHIGAN 44: Jason Bohannon had 18 points for the visiting Badgers (18-5, 8-3 Big Ten), who led by double digits most of the game.

NO. 17 GONZAGA 66, MEMPHIS 58: Matt Bouldin had 19 points as the visiting Bulldogs (19-4) pulled away in the final minutes.

GEORGIA 72, NO. 18 VANDY 58: Travis Leslie had 13 of his 17 points in the second half as the host Bulldogs rallied to hand the Commodores (17-5, 6-2 SEC) their second loss in 13 games.

RICHMOND 71, NO. 19 TEMPLE 54: Kevin Anderson had 16 of his 29 points in the first half as the host Spiders handed the Owls (19-5, 7-2 Atlantic 10) their second loss in 10 games.

TEXAS A&M 78, NO. 20 BAYLOR 71: Bryan Davis had 22 points and B.J. Holmes hit three late 3-pointers to rally the host Aggies past the Bears (17-5, 4-4 Big 12).

NO. 21 GA. TECH 73, N.C. STATE 71: Zachery Peacock had 22 points as the Yellow Jackets (17-6, 5-4 ACC) improved to 12-1 at home.

NO. 22 PITT 83, SETON HALL 58: Gilbert Brown bounced back from a scoreless game with 23 points, and the host Panthers (17-6, 7-4 Big East) held Jeremy Hazell, second in the conference with 23 points per game, to two.

NO. 23 BUTLER 74, WRIGHT ST. 62: Willie Veasley had a career-high 19 points as the host Bulldogs (20-4, 13-0 Horizon League) won their 12th straight game.

NO. 24 N. IOWA 55, SIU 52: Adam Koch had 11 consecutive points for the Panthers down the stretch as Northern Iowa (21-2, 12-1 Missouri Valley) improved to 11-0 at home this season.

NO. 25 OLE MISS 74, ALABAMA 67: Chris Warren had 21 points to help the host Rebels (17-6, 5-4 SEC) come back from 23 points down and snap a two-game skid.

NO. 14 TENNESSEE: Junior center Brian Williams was reinstated to the team after he was suspended for a Jan. 1 arrest.

State: Eckerd honors former coach, AD

Jim Harley put his handprint on Eckerd College by building its athletic programs from scratch in his nearly 40 years as athletic director.

So it's only fitting the former Tritons basketball coach will have his name on the gym floor at the McArthur Center.

The college honored Harley, 76, in a reception after Saturday's game against Nova Southeastern, unveiling plans to have "James Harley Court" on the floor.

Harley retired in 2002 after spending 39 years as AD and 33 as coach. He was 421-350 at Eckerd and won a Sunshine State Conference title in 1994.

In the game, John Harper had a career-high 24 points and Zaronn Cann 18 to lead the host Tritons (13-7, 6-4) over the Sharks 93-78.

LYNN 91, TAMPA 85, OT: Chris Hall had 22 points and Jovan Robinson for the visiting Fighting Knights, who rallied to beat Spartans (9-11, 3-8 SSC).

Times staff writer Joe Smith contributed to this report.

Hoyas bounce back to subdue Villanova 02/06/10 [Last modified: Saturday, February 6, 2010 11:41pm]
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