PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Jeff Green scored 19 points and hit the game-winner with 19.8 seconds left to lift No. 14 Georgetown to a 58-55 victory over Villanova on Saturday, the Hoyas’ ninth straight win.
Green had a career-high eight blocks, sealed the win with two free throws in the final seconds and helped the Hoyas (20-5, 10-2) move into a tie with Pittsburgh for the Big East lead.
Scottie Reynolds scored 18 points and Curtis Sumpter had 15 for Villanova (18-8, 6-6). The Wildcats play Monday at No. 12 Marquette.
Green’s midrange jumper gave Georgetown its first nine-game winning streak since the 2003-04 season. Jessie Sapp scored 16 points and DaJuan Summers added 11.
Reynolds, who scored 13 in the first half, sank his fourth 3-pointer from the top of the arc that made it 55-51. Will Sheridan had a clutch block on an ineffective and foul-plagued Roy Hibbert, that kept Villanova’s lead at 55-53 with 2 minutes left.
Summers made seven straight free throws, but missed the second of two that made it 55-54.
Reynolds missed a tough 3-pointer at the buzzer that ended Villanova’s four-game winning streak
The style of game was almost identical to Villanova’s 56-52 win at Georgetown on Jan. 8.
The 7-foot-2 Hibbert again was invisible against the Wildcats. Hibbert, their leading scorer at 13.4 points, picked up two quick fouls, didn’t attempt a shot and scored only one point in the first half. He finished with four points.
In their first game, Hibbert didn’t attempt a field goal and scored only two points. He had scored at least 20 points in three of the past four games for the Hoyas.
The Wildcats ended the first half in a rut, but Shane Clark sank a pair of 3s and Reynolds scored on a steal and fastbreak layup to make it 37-29.
The Hoyas followed with a 10-2 run that tied the score and Sapp’s 3-pointer put them up for the first time, 42-40. Hibbert followed with his first basket, but then picked up his fourth foul, extending his troubles in a game where the Hoyas didn’t do enough to get him involved.
Reynolds, who wanted to go to Georgetown, made the Hoyas wish they could have had one more available scholarship at the time. He scored 16 points against them in early January, then had quite a run midway through the first half that spurred the Wildcats to a double-digit lead.
He sank a 3, then drove the lane and made a quick pass to Dante Cunningham underneath for a reverse layup. On Georgetown’s next possession, Reynolds tipped an entry pass that forced a turnover, came down and hit another 3-pointer giving him 11 points and Villanova a 21-11 lead.
Sapp hit a running halfcourt shot at the buzzer that capped a 9-0 run and pulled the Hoyas to 29-27.