Feb. 6, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) -On a day when a fierce snowstorm blanketed the nation's capital, No. 7 Georgetown buried second-ranked Villanova under a barrage of free throws.

Austin Freeman scored 25 points, Jason Clark had 24, and the Hoyas forced 16 first-half turnovers in a 103-90 victory Saturday that ended Villanova's 11-game winning streak and ruined the Wildcats' perfect Big East record.

Georgetown (17-5, 7-4) led by as many as 23 points in the first half and 50-31 at halftime. Villanova (20-2, 9-1) cut the margin to 10 but never threatened to complete the comeback.

The Hoyas went 39 or 50 at the free throw line, led by Greg Monroe, who went 11 of 14 and scored 19 points. Villanova scored only 17 points on 23 free throws.

Scottie Reynolds and Corey Fisher each scored 24 points for the Wildcats, whose winning streak included an 82-77 victory over Georgetown on Jan. 17. Villanova's other loss was to Temple on Dec. 13.

Reynolds moved into fifth place on the school scoring list and Fisher become the 52nd player in Villanova history to reach 1,000 points.

Despite the intense snow outside, the Verizon Center was well over half filled. Those in attendance included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former NFL commissioner and Georgetown grad Paul Tagliabue.

The Georgetown student section was packed. Those Hoyas fans who trudged through an estimated 2 feet of snow were rewarded with a game they won't soon forget.

Clark was 6 of 6 from the field and made all four of his 3-point tries during a 17-point first half. Seeking to rebound from a home loss to South Florida, the Hoyas shot 56 percent from the field, went 8 of 13 from beyond the arc and hit 12 of 13 free throws in the first half

Villanova, in contrast, had more turnovers (16) than field goals (12) over the opening 20 minutes.

Georgetown took control behind Freeman, who hit successive 3-pointers to spark a 15-2 run that made it 34-20. Villanova coach Jay Wright was slapped with a technical foul during the surge, and Freeman made him pay by calmly making both free throws.

Minutes later, Clark made consecutive 3-pointers to begin a 16-4 surge that put Georgetown up 50-27.

Villanova had only two turnovers after halftime and twice got within 13 points early in the second half. It was 71-55 before Clark drilled a 3-pointer and Monroe added a dunk to make it a 21-point game with 9:13 left.

The Wildcats followed with a 13-3 spree to get to 79-68. Then, after Villanova closed to 81-71, a free throw by Freeman and a three-point play by Julian Vaughn pushed the margin to 14.