Wildcats’ Shooting Matches Weather in Loss to Georgetown


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‘Cats Shooting Matches Weather in Loss to Georgetown

Greg Welsh

Behind 21-point efforts by both Jessie Govan and Mac McClung, Georgetown beat Villanova, 85-73, on a snowy Wednesday night in Washington D.C. 

The Hoyas controlled the game for virtually the entire 40 minutes of play. After taking the lead, 9-8, less than five minutes in, Georgetown would maintain their advantage the rest of the way. 

The loss marks Villanova’s second in a row, the third time this season it has dropped two straight. The ‘Cats now sit at 11-3 in Big East play, one game behind Marquette in the loss column. For Georgetown, the win keeps their NCAA Tournament hopes alive, moving them to 6-7 in the conference. 

In the first half, McClung knocked down his first four attempts from deep to help the Hoyas race to a, 42-32, lead at halftime.  Govan, the Hoyas’ star big man, did most of his damage in the second half, with 16 of his points coming in the final 20 minutes. 

A dunk by Saddiq Bey with 16:46 remaining in the game, cut the Hoyas’ lead to six, but the ‘Cats were unable to get any closer. The team struggled on both ends of the floor, shooting 38.5% from the field and 23.7% from three-point range. It is the second game in a row that VU was held to under 40% shooting. 

Phil Booth, who totaled a game high 26 points in the loss, was inefficient from the floor, shooting 10-22 in the game and just 3-10 from deep. Eric Paschall added 16 points for the ‘Cats, but also struggled from three-point range going just 2-8. 

Villanova next takes the court on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in a road matchup against Xavier.