Despite the two programs being on very different trajectories over the past few seasons, it always feels special when the Villanova Wildcats and Georgetown Hoyas face off. Two blue blood programs with a ton of history between them, it almost feels like a matchup of the Big East days of yore that everyone is always clamoring for.
Tuesday night at the Pavilion was no different. After Villanova entered the half with a 15-point lead, the Hoyas battled and chipped away and got the ‘Nova lead all the way down to two with four minutes to go thanks to strong play from Rodney Pryor (20 points, 11 of which came in the second half) and LJ Peak (21, 18 in the second half).
With a minute and a half to play and Villanova up by four, Peak turned it over. Villanova got the ball to Josh Hart who hit a big three-pointer to put the Wildcats up by seven and ultimately put Georgetown away for good, as Villanova came away with a 75-64 victory.
Hart led the Wildcats with 25 points and tied Darryl Reynolds for the team lead in rebounds with seven. Jalen Brunson and Kris Jenkins struggled a bit, as Brunson was just 2-11 from the field for seven points, while Jenkins was 3-7 with nine points. It’s important that Villanova can still win a game once in a while with their second and third options struggling. Donte DiVincenzo had 15 points and six rebounds to continue his stretch of strong play.
Villanova has now won 48 straight games in its on-campus arena. 48 games in a row would be the longest home win streak in the nation, by far, if Villanova didn’t split time between the Pavilion and Wells Fargo Center.
The Wildcats (23-2, 10-2) will now head to Cincinnati for a showdown with Xavier on Saturday, while Georgetown (13-12, 4-8) will host Marquette.