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Tempers flare as Villanova crushes Georgetown on Senior Night | Villanova vs. Georgetown Recap

Written by on March 1, 2024

Even though there were not many seniors honored on Tuesday night, Villanova used the crowd’s energy and passion for the final game at the Finn for the season to dominate Georgetown, 75-47. Eric Dixon and the Wildcats cruised to victory after outscoring the Hoyas, 43-19, in the first half. Despite some key injuries to TJ Bamba and Jordan Longino, Villanova still comfortably took care of business and played one of their best games of the season.

Villanova vs. Georgetown on Tuesday night in the final regular season game of the season at the Finneran Pavilion.

All five Villanova starters scored at least ten points, including Hakim Hart, who started in place of TJ Bamba. Prior to the game, Villanova announced on X that TJ Bamba would miss Tuesday’s contest with a facial fracture and Jordan Longino was out with a non-COVID illness. Eric Dixon was the player of the game with 22 points and six rebounds. Dixon continues to impress in the 2023-24 campaign as he now averages 16 points per game to lead the team. Justin Moore was also impressive, especially in the first half, with 14 total points and four made threes. The Wildcats converted 53% of their shots from the field and 48% of their three-point attempts. Their offense was extremely explosive and took advantage of Georgetown’s horrible defense.

Georgetown did not have any success against Villanova on Tuesday. They shot less than 30% from the field and behind the arc. The Hoyas’ leading scorer, Jayden Epps, was held scoreless again in the first half. He scored just six points in the final twenty minutes, which all came from the free throw line. The only bright spot for the Hoyas was Dontrez Styles, who scored 16 points and accumulated seven rebounds. The Wildcats also won the rebounding battle by five and finished the game with 19 assists.

Game Recap

First Half: High Tensions + Total Domination by Villanova

Villanova won the game in the first half. At the first media timeout, the Wildcats took a 10-3 lead over Georgetown after an Eric Dixon three. Dixon scored seven of the Cats’ first ten points. Jay Heath hit a couple of open threes for Georgetown, but Heath and Styles were the only offense for Georgetown. Hakim Hart knocked down a three-point jumper with 12:02 left in the first to keep Villanova’s then lead at six points.

As mentioned earlier, all of Villanova’s starters played a huge role in this game. However, they also received key contributions from Lance Ware off the bench. Ware came up with a huge block that led to a Hakim Hart layup via a beautiful feed from Mark Armstrong. The Wildcats had seven of their 19 assists in the first twenty minutes.

Justin Moore made back-to-back threes to extend Villanova’s lead to 15 points with 5:42 left in the first. Georgetown’s offense really struggled, and Villanova’s defense made them uncomfortable on offense by forcing them to shoot tough, contested shots. With 1:01 left to play, Moore hit another three to give him 14 points in the first half. Villanova led Georgetown, 41-19, with key efforts from Moore and Dixon. It was all Villanova in the first half and Georgetown was frustrated with their performance. With four seconds left to play, Drew Fielder committed a foul on Tyler Burton. It was an unnecessary and aggressive foul from Field, who was definitely upset with his play and his team’s play. Both teams, including the benches, met at halfcourt with some pushing and shoving led by Lance Ware and Drew Fielder. Technical fouls were assessed to both teams. The Wildcats took a 43-19 lead into the locker room. After a very physical end of the first half with a lot of tension, it was expected that the second half would be very interesting with perhaps some more words being exchanged.

Second Half: Villanova cruises to victory

However, this was not the case. The second half did not include many fireworks. Georgetown and Dontrez Styles found some more efficiency on offense than in the first half, but Villanova continued to make key shots to keep their large lead. Despite a few sloppy turnovers by the Wildcats, Villanova kept their advantage around 20 points for most of the second half, and with a Tyler Burton three, the Cats’ lead was up to 31 points, 69-38, with 5:54 left. Villanova went on cruise control, and they were able to rest some of their starters in the final few minutes.

My Thoughts

Overall, the Wildcats took care of business and walked out of the Finneran Pavilion with a very easy win against a bad team in the Big East. Villanova found success in both the offense and the defense. The Cats’ played a complete game and totally dominated from tipoff. They continued to limit turnovers and knock down key shots especially from behind the arc. The Wildcats also showed their toughness and physicality, especially in the first half. Even without Bamba and Longino, the Wildcats really did not have any bumps in the road. The key for Villanova moving forward is getting healthy and hopefully both Bamba and Longino will be available on Saturday.

Big East Standings + Villanova vs. Providence

Villanova is now 16-12 overall and 9-8 in conference play. They are tied for 5th place in the Big East with Providence. As of right now, the Wildcats hold the 5th spot with their first win over Providence, but this game on Saturday could control who gets fifth place and the final bye in the Big East Tournament in mid-March. The Wildcats begin a three-game stretch of all Quad 1 games to end the season on Saturday when they travel to Rhode Island to battle Providence. This game can be watched on FOX.