PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Darrun Hilliard scored 15 points and Josh Hart had 13 to help No. 7 Villanova avenge its worst game of the season with a 69-53 win over No. 24 Georgetown on Saturday.
The Hoyas thumped the Wildcats (21-2, 8-2 Big East) by 20 in the first game on Jan. 19. In the second matchup of the longtime conference rivals, the Wildcats raced to a 17-point lead and never looked back in their fourth straight win. They’ve won eight of nine and have played up to their billing as the preseason Big East favorite.
Villanova upset Georgetown in the 1985 national championship game and wore ’85 throwback uniforms for a game that featured selected highlights from that “Perfect Game” playing on the big screen.
The Wildcats made a few more for this season’s reel. Hilliard and Dylan Ennis hit consecutive 3s for a 12-7 lead that sparked the rout.
L.J. Peak scored 15 points for the Hoyas (15-8, 7-5). With losses this week to Providence and Villanova, the Hoyas are sure to fall out of the Top 25.
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