Villanova crushes Georgetown for worst Hoyas loss in 40 years


Villanova crushes Georgetown for worst Hoyas loss in 40 years

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top-ranked Villanova led by as many as 44 points -- 44! -- and gave Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing a rude welcome back to the schools' rivalry, handing the Hoyas their worst loss in more than 40 years, 88-56 on Wednesday night.

Jalen Brunson led the way with 18 points and seven assists for Villanova (17-1, 5-1 Big East), which finished 17 for 33 on 3s, while Georgetown went 4 for 15.

Mikal Bridges scored 17 for the Wildcats, winners of seven consecutive games against the Hoyas, Villanova's longest streak in a series that dates to 1922.

The last time Ewing faced Villanova in any capacity was in the last game of his college playing career at Georgetown, a surprising 66-64 victory for the underdog Wildcats in the 1985 NCAA championship game. It was quite clear, quite quickly, on Wednesday that there would be no such tight outcome --nor any chance of an upset by Georgetown (12-6, 2-5).

This is Ewing's first season as a head coach at any level, and he opted to go with an easy-as-can-be non-conference schedule to try to build his players' confidence. Now that league play is underway, especially against a foe like Villanova, the gap between the Hoyas and the best teams is obvious.

It was 42-20 at halftime, and Georgetown to that point had more turnovers (nine) than made baskets, shooting 8 for 26, including 0 for 8 on 3s.

Villanova just kept pushing the margin after the break, going up by 30, then 40, and then reaching the apex at 88-44 on a layup by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree with about 3 minutes remaining. Less than a minute later, Villanova coach Jay Wright finally sent on the subs and pulled any remaining starters.

Creighton goes bombs away from behind the arc in rout of Georgetown

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Creighton goes bombs away from behind the arc in rout of Georgetown

WASHINGTON -- Toby Hegner made a career-high five 3-pointers in scoring 19 points and Creighton defeated Georgetown 90-66 on Saturday.

Hegner made 5 of 8 3-point tries and the Blue Jays (13-3, 3-1 Big East) hit 16 of 36 from the arc in winning their third straight game and eighth in their past nine.

Davion Mintz added four 3-pointers and 17 points. Khyri Thomas scored 15 points and Martin Krampeli had 12 points and 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double this season. The Blue Jays shot 48.5 percent and had 24 assists on 33 field goals.

Creighton led from the opening minute, was ahead 45-27 at halftime, and by 32 late in the game.

None of the Hoyas starters scored in double figures with Jagan Mosely leading with 11 points. Georgetown (11-4, 1-3), which has lost three of its past four games, shot just 36.5 percent and only 26 percent from the arc (6 of 23). They held a slim edge on the boards but had 15 turnovers.

Rowsey scores 35 pts, leads Marquette past Georgetown, 74-65


Rowsey scores 35 pts, leads Marquette past Georgetown, 74-65

MILWAUKEE -- Andrew Rowsey hit 6 of 9 shots from long range and scored a season-high 35 points as Marquette handled Georgetown 74-65 in a Big East Conference battle Saturday.

Rowsey hit six treys and scored 31 points in a 91-87 loss to No. 6 Xavier in the conference opener.

Georgetown, which started the season 10-1 under first-year coach Patrick Ewing, lost to Butler in double overtime in the conference opener and now is 0-2 in conference.

The Golden Eagles got an 8-0 run in the first half, with two Jamal Cain 3-pointers bookending a Sacar Anim dunk, to take a 25-14 lead with under six minutes left, but the Hoyas battled back. Jessie Govan hit three-straight free throws with a second left to make it 34-27 at intermission and cut the lead to three, 34-31 barely a minute into the second half.

Rowsey hit three-straight 3-pointers to put Marquette up 49-36 and the Golden Eagles cruised home.

Markus Howard scored 13 points for Marquette (10-4, 1-1).

Marcus Derrickson scored 20 points and grabbed eight boards to lead Georgetown, with Kaleb Johnson adding 12 points and Govan contributing 11 points and 12 boards.