Wildcats continue home dominance, upend No. 5 Georgetown

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Updated: March 6, 2013

The Wells Fargo Center continues to be a
house of horrors for Top 5 teams.

JayVaughn Pinkston had 20 points with five steals, Darrun Hilliard scored 14
and the Villanova Wildcats improved their NCAA Tournament resume by closing
out their regular season with a 67-57 win over the fifth-ranked Georgetown
Hoyas.

Ryan Arcidiacono finished with 11 points and six assists for Villanova
(19-12, 10-8 Big East), which also topped then-No. 5 Louisville and then-
third-ranked Syracuse at the Wells Fargo Center in the span of four days back
in January.

“I think we’re in a good spot right now, but we’re not going to worry about
that,” Villanova head coach Jay Wright said. “We’re just going to keep getting
better, focus on the next game. I just feel good about how we’re playing right
now.”

The Wildcats pulled off the upset Wednesday despite making just six second-
half field goals, including only one after Pinkston’s 3-pointer put them up
eight with 14:19 remaining. Villanova was 20-of-26 from the free-throw line
over the final 20 minutes and forced 23 turnovers in the game.

“Out of all the numbers in the stat sheet that number jumped out at me the
most,” Hoyas head coach John Thompson III said. “Our turnovers hurt us.”

Otto Porter, Jr. supplied 17 points for the Hoyas (23-5, 13-4), who had their
winning streak snapped at 11 games and squandered an opportunity to clinch at
least a share of the Big East regular-season title.

Down 44-36, Georgetown responded with seven straight points as two Porter
baskets followed a D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera trey. The Hoyas, however, were
never able to regain the lead.

Hilliard drained a 3-pointer to make it 54-48 with 5:43 to play, and two
Arcidiacono foul shots stretched the lead to 61-52 inside the final minute.

The teams began the contest by trading runs. After Georgetown scored the
game’s first seven points, the Wildcats countered with a 10-2 flurry.

A Pinkston free throw put Villanova up 23-14, but the Hoyas battled back to
tie things up at 25-25. The Wildcats led 33-29 at halftime.

Game Notes

Villanova held a 30-4 edge in made free throws …Mouphtaou Yarou grabbed 12
rebounds. The senior forward became only the 10th Wildcat with 1,000 points
and 800 rebounds in his career … Smith-Rivera had 14 points.