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Villanova 82 Georgetown 77.

Box Score

Postgame audio - Coach John Thompson III & Greg Monroe:

It took almost two-and-a-half hours, 52 fouls and 57 free throws for Villanova's strengths to win out over Georgetown's strengths.

Outside trumped inside.

Big was no match for small.

At the end, the Wildcats' quartet of guards overcame a career afternoon from Hoya sophomore center Greg Monroe.

Georgetown cut a 17 point first half deficit to even at 67 with 4:34 left to play on a putback by Monroe of his own miss, and Jason Clark's drive in traffic could have given Georgetown their first lead since seven minutes in, but Clark could not finish what he started.

At the other end of the floor Scottie Reynolds, who ended the day with 27 points on 8-15 shooting, scored off glass and was fouled by Clark.

Villanova would not give this lead back in the game's final 3:14, though Georgetown missed two chances to tie from outside. Both Chris Wright and Jerelle Benimon had open looks to pull square.

Two free throws from Maalik Wayns with :06.9 remaining sealed the outcome.

Monroe scored a career high 29 to lead Georgetown, matching his personal best set earlier in the season against Harvard with 16 boards.

It was the Wildcats' first win over the Hoyas in their last six chances.

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