By Marvin Meyers
Jermaine Samuels nailed a 3-point play with 5.6 seconds left as No. 14 Villanova survived against Georgetown 70-69.
Samuels was fouled on a drive by Georgetown’s Jamorko Pickett and Qudus Wahab blocked the shot. After a video review, the basket counted and Samuels made the subsequent free throw to put the Wildcats up by one.
Georgetown’s Terrell Allen’s shot at the buzzer missed as Villanova ended on a 5-0 run.
Saddiq Bey (above) led Villanova (24-7, 13-5 Big East) with 18 points. Samuels finished with 13, as did Jeremiah Robinson-Earl.
Pickett led Georgetown (15-16, 5-13) with 20 points as the Hoyas lost their sixth straight game and fell under .500 for the first time in coach Patrick Ewing’s three season in charge. Jagan Mosely added 13 points.
Villanova opened up on a 14-0 run and led by as many as 17 points before taking a 39-30 lead into halftime. The Wildcats shot 60% from the field and made 8 of 12 shots from beyond the arc.
Georgetown opened the second half on an 11-0 run and took its first lead of the game at 41-39 on a putback dunk by Qudus Wahab with 17:25 left.
Georgetown was again without its top two scorers in Omer Yurtseven (left ankle) and Mac McClung (right foot). The Hoyas are now 1-5 this season when neither play.