March 11, 2021 –
The top-seeded Villanova Wildcats lost their Big East Tournament quarterfinal round game to the Georgetown Hoyas 71 – 70 when Hoyas guard Dante Harris sank two free throws with 4.7 seconds to play. The first one rattled around the rim before falling in.
“We shoot 50 free throws each day in practice, so I just did my routine, shot like I was in practice, and they went in,” said Harris.
The first shot did scare him a little bit.
The foul line was the Hoyas friend as they converted all 23 free throws, a Big East Tournament record.
Villanova was playing without point guard Collin Gillespie, but did get Justin Moore back into the rotation. He scored 10 points. The forwards led the team. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl scored a game-high 26 points, and Jermaine Samuels added 20 points.
The Wildcats held an 11 point lead at 61 – 50 with just under 9 minutes to go, but would score only 10 more points for the remainder of the contest.
“Down the stretch we just, we didn’t execute as well as we wanted to,” said Villanova Coach Jay Wright. “We came away with a lot of empty possessions. And some of those were missed free throws. Some of those were actually good possessions and then we missed free throws.”
Villanova went 14 for 22 at the charity stripe.
The Wildcats had a chance at the end. After Harris made the foul shots Nova got the ball to Caleb Daniels who raced downcourt, put up a shot that bounced off the back of the rim.
Harris had a team-high 18 points and led in assists with 5. Three other Hoyas scored in double figures as Qudus Wahab added 17 points. Jahvon Blair contributed 14 points and Jamorko Pickett contributed 12.
Georgetown, the number 8 seed, moves to the semifinal round. Villanova will wait until Sunday to find who will be their next opponent and seeding.
Written By: Glenn Papazian