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When last we met St. John's, a poor performance by the Redmen was enough for Georgetown to sneak out of Madison Square Garden with a narrow 69-66 win. Since then, St. John's has dropped two more and sits at 0-7 in the conference, but lost to two Top 20 teams by a total of 11 points.

By contrast, Georgetown lost to two Top 20 teams by a total of 45 points, so this game won't as easy as some might think.

More on the Redmen follow at the Pre-Game Report page. A recap follows late Saturday night.

 

Georgetown University has a long tradition of Olympic athletes dating to the first modern Games in 1896. But until now, all have competed in the Summer Games.

From GUHoyas.com, news of Georgetown's first Winter Olympian, who will compete in the U.S. men's bobsled team.

 
 

Seventeen three pointers carried #1 Villanova to an 88-56 win over Georgetown Wednesday at Capital One Arena, Georgetown's worst loss in 43 years and the second largest margin of defeat at home in school history.

The Hoyas scored the first basket of the game and its lead lasted less than a minute. The Wildcats scored on back to back threes while the Hoyas missed four straight en route to a 11-2 deficit four minutes into the first half. Five different Wildcats scored field goals in the first five minutes to lead by as many as nine, 13-4, before the Hoyas closed to 13-8 at the 11:51 mark. From this point, Villanova's high octane offense and precision passing led the Wildcats to deliver an early knockout punch on the perimeter.

A Jagan Mosely turnover, a Mikael Bridges three... Antwan Walker turnover, Phil Booth three. Missed jumper by Marcus Derrickson, Jalen Brunson three. Missed layup by Antwan Walker, Phil Booth gets three and a foul. A Georgetown turnover, Omari Spellman three.

Game, set, and match.

In four minutes and four seconds, Villanova never looked back, hitting five consecutive threes en route to an 18-0 run that was impressive in its execution and stunning in Georgetown's inability to offer any resistance. The Wildcats now led 31-8, with nine assists on 11 field goals and collecting 16 points on eight Georgetown turnovers. You read that correct: Georgetown earned eight points and eight turnovers in 12 minutes of play.

The key to the run was Villanova's "next pass" approach, quickly moving the ball round to take advantage of GU's unprepared perimeter game. Every possession seemed destined to leave a Wildcat open on the perimeter, and 19 of its 29 attempts in the first half were from outside. Not all of them were successful, but were enough to shred any faint hopes that the Hoyas could give the Wildcats a competitive game along the lines of that which faced VU in a 78-71 win over St. John's last weekend. It wouldn't be close.

The hits just kept on coming. Back to back threes from Donte DiVicenzo pushed the lead to 23, still in the first half, 37-14, followed by a Brunson three and a return three from DiVicenzo to lead 43-18 at the 1:54 mark of the first half. Nova took a 22 point lead into the break, 42-20. The Wildcats were 10 of 19 from three point range, while the Hoyas were scoreless in eight attempts from that distance, shooting 29 percent overall. Jessie Govan had 10 points at the break, the rest of the team combined scored just as many.

Despite a impassioned first half time out where Ewing challenged his team that they were being outhustled and outplayed, there were few strategic changes in the second half. Jonathan Mulmore picked up his fourth foul 1:05 into the period and the Wildcats went back to work, going on a 16-2 run with three more threes to go up 60-22 five minutes into the second half, with a 23-2 edge on points off turnovers.

Instead of yelling at his players or benching starters, Ewing took an approach common in NBA routs-- when even the best team is run out early, the coach watched the game run its course.

"I've had my butt kicked before... and all I can do is get ready for the next one," Ewing said in post-game remarks. "You can't dwell on it. Just got to look at the film and make adjustments and get ready for the next game."

Unfortunately, there was more to dwell on. Despite Kaleb Johnson getting Georgetown's first three of the game at the 14:49 mark, Jessie Govan was the only inside presence and the guard play was absent, leading to run outs on turnovers and insufficient protection on rebounds. Midway through the half, Villanova had more threes (15) than Georgetown had field goals (13), and the lead crossed the 40 point threshold on a Brunson three with 9:34 remaining, 75-35.

As the game progressed, some serious records were in range. Not only had Georgetown not lost a game by 40 points since 1971, but a continued Villanova run could put the school record for the largest deficit ever (a 47 point loss to Navy in 1911) in uncomfortable range. The Wildcats took the lead up to 44, 88-44 at the 3:29 mark before emptying the bench, whereupon the Hoyas scored the last 12 points of the game to keep the 1911 record in safe storage.

Six Wildcats scored in double figures: its entire starting five plus DiVicenzo, shooting a combined 76 percent from the field between them in the second half and 69 percent as a team after halftime. Villanova collected 32 points from 17 Georgetown turnovers. The Cats managed only 15 fast break points because, frankly, they didn't need to run to be successful. Everything went their way, as befits the nation's top ranked team.

They're ranked No. 1 for a reason," Ewing said. "We need to learn from it and get ready for the next game."

"I'm just happy to be on this side of it. I've been on the other side. I feel for those guys, because we've been there," said Villanova coach Jay Wright, who has won seven straight versus Georgetown and nine of ten since the Big East was realigned in 2013.

Georgetown lost its third consecutive home game against Big East opponents and its fifth straight dating back to last season. Jessie Govan led the Hoyas with 12. It is the largest margin of defeat GU has ever surrendered in Big East play.

The Fox Sports announcers did their best to keep the game interesting, with Bill Raftery even telling a story from his daughter at Georgetown's Senior Week in 1991 to keep things loose. Prior to the game, Raftery expressed his support for Ewing in an age when each of the Big East's biggest schools are approaching historic lows.

"What amazes me about this league, Georgetown has not been Georgetown, St. Johns has not been St. John's, and certainly DePaul is not back in the old Coach Meyer days, but the league has survived and been successful," said Raftery. "So it would be terrific for all of those teams, obviously, to get better, but I really think Patrick is going to be a keeper. He's going to be good for the league."

Home games with St. John's and DePaul (a combined 1-12 in Big East play) await the Hoyas, with a much different style of opponent than the one that faced them Wednesday. Without some improvements, however, those may be the Hoyas' last two competitive games for quite a while.

Here's the Georgetown half of the box score:


            MIN   2FG   3FG   FT  REB  A  PF  PTS
Starters:
Mulmore      12   1-2   0-0   0-0   0   0  4    2
Pickett      26   1-1   1-4   0-0   2   2  0    5
Johnson      30   2-5   1-2   0-0   0   2  1    7
Derrickson   35   2-6   0-1   4-4   8   4  1    8
Govan        30   5-12  0-1   2-2   6   1  3   12
Reserves:
Blair        19   2-5   1-6   1-1   2   1  0    8
Mosely       29   3-4   0-0   0-1   2   4  1    6
Walker       11   2-5   1-1   1-1   3   0  1    8
Hines         3   0-1   0-0   0-0   1   1  0    0
Dickerson     2   0-0   0-0   0-0   0   0  1    0
Muresan       3   0-0   0-0   0-0   0   0  0    0
Team Rebounds                       3
DNP: Mourning
TOTALS      200  18-41  4-15  8-9  27  15 12   56
 
 
Date Score Margin Opponent City Site
12/7/1971 67-107 -40 St. John's (#14) Washington, DC McDonough Gym
1/17/2018 56-88 -32 Villanova (#1) Washington, DC Capital One Arena
2/11/1959 72-102 -30 LaSalle Washington, DC McDonough Gym
2/11/1950 45-73 -28 Villanova Washington, DC D.C. Armory
1/8/2013 45-73 -28 Pittsburgh Washington, DC Verizon Center
2/2/1955 58-85 -27 LaSalle (#3) Washington, DC McDonough Gym
2/6/1965 69-95 -26 Syracuse Washington, DC McDonough Gym
12/12/1972 73-99 -26 Maryland (#2) Washington, DC McDonough Gym
1/14/1978 47-73 -26 South Carolina Washington, DC McDonough Gym
3/4/2017 55-81 -26 Villanova (#1) Washington, DC Verizon Center
 
 
 

Georgetown is 3-19 all time versus top ranked teams. The breakdown:

Date Score Opponent Location
1/14/1950  L 51-77 at Holy Cross Worcester Auditorium
12/27/1963  W  69-58 vs Loyola (IL) The Palestra, Philadelphia PA
12/11/1979  L 69-76 at Indiana Assembly Hall
12/29/1980  L 67-72 vs DePaul San Diego Sports Arena
3/30/1982  L 62-63 vs North Carolina Louisiana Superdome,  New Orleans, LA
12/11/1982  L 63-68 Virginia Capital Centre
2/27/1985  W 85-69 at St. John's Madison Square Garden
3/21/1988  L 53-74 vs Temple Hartford Civic Center
3/17/1991  L 54-62 vs UNLV McKale Center, Tucson, AZ
11/27/1994  L 79-97 vs Arkansas The Pyramid, Memphis, TN
2/14/1995  L 85-91 Connecticut US Air Arena
3/23/1996  L 62-86 vs Massachusetts Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
1/2/1999  L 64-87 at Connecticut Hartford Civic Center
1/25/1999  L 71-78 Connecticut MCI Center
1/8/2003  L 86-93 at Duke Cameron Indoor Stadium
1/14/2004  L 70-94 at Connecticut Gampel Pavilion
1/24/2004  L 66-85 Duke MCI Center
12/9/2004  L 59-74 Illinois MCI Center
1/21/2006  W 87-84 Duke MCI Center
3/31/2007 L 60-67 vs Ohio St. Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
11/20/2012 L 72-82 (OT) vs Indiana Barclays Center
1/17/2018 L 56-88 Villanova Capital One Arena
 
 

Attendance figures through January 16 finds Georgetown ninth of ten Big East teams in attendance.

Team Games Avg. Attendance
Creighton 11 16,230
Marquette 12 12,989
Xavier 12 10,423
Villanova 6 8,901
Butler 11 8,361
Providence 11 8,039
Seton Hall 11 7,552
St. John's 10 6,993
Georgetown 12 6,857
DePaul 10 5,918
 
 
 
 

From Washingtonian Magazine: the definitive profile of Patrick Ewing as head coach, written by former Washington Times sports columnist and Georgetown adjunct professor Patrick Hruby (C'98). Recommended reading.

 

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