Last second foul costs Villanova

February 11, 2008 7:31:41 PM PST
In a foul-heavy game, Georgetown ended its Villanova jinx by getting a favorable call 70 feet from the basket. Jonathan Wallace, fouled in the backcourt by Corey Stokes with one-tenth of a second remaining, sank both free throws to give the No. 8 Hoyas a 55-53 victory Monday night, their first home win over the Wildcats in more than a decade.

Wallace came up with the loose ball - a rarity on a night when Georgetown was outhustled and outrebounded - in a mad scramble after Scottie Reynolds turned the ball over in traffic while Villanova was holding for the last shot. Wallace started to dribble and was slightly bumped by Stokes, who became the fourth player to foul out in a game that was marred by 48 fouls.

Wallace scored 15 points for the Hoyas (20-3, 10-2 Big East), who have won seven of eight and bounced back from a loss at Louisville on Saturday. Georgetown blew a 12-point second-half lead and scored only two field goals over the final eight minutes.

Reynolds led Villanova (14-9, 4-7) with 24 points, but he went only 1-for-6 from the field in the second half. Still, his night wasn't nearly as bad as that of teammate Corey Fisher, who went 1-for-16 for the game.

And Reynolds' night lasted longer than that of teammates Dwayne Anderson and Casiem Drummond, who both fouled out with more than five minutes to play. Georgetown's Patrick Ewing Jr. was gone with 2:33 left.

Villanova outrebounded Georgetown 41-35 and committed 11 turnovers to the Hoyas' 18, but the Wildcats were done in by a stretch in which they shot 1-for-21 over first 12 minutes of the second half. Villanova shot 13 percent (4-for-31) in the second half and 25 percent for the game.

The 1-for-21 drought allowed Georgetown to turn a 29-28 halftime deficit into a 46-34 lead, but it didn't last long. The Hoyas went into a funk of their own, scoring only one field goal over the next 6-plus minutes while the Wildcats kept making free throws.

Reynolds' running layup in traffic tied the game at 53 with 1:05 to play. After Georgetown's Austin Freeman missed a 3-pointer, the Wildcats set up a final shot. Reynolds appeared to be bumped as he drove baseline and lost the ball, but there was no call.

The Wildcats' last road defeat to Georgetown was 78-67 on Jan. 27, 1997, when the Hoyas played at US Air Arena. Villanova is 6-0 at the Verizon Center.