Though Georgetown widened their lead by a monstrous margin midway through the second half, this one wasn't fully sealed until a press-led turnover ended up skittering on the floor and going back the other way.
With just under three minutes remaining, Villanova's press worked with a 15-point deficit, and they suddenly had the ball in their hands, ready to cut it to 12. Before they could even communicate, Georgetown's hands proved they were just a little quicker.
Jessie Govan dunked it home, and that was that: the second straight road loss to an unranked opponent for No, 17 Villanova, 85-73.
Nova's almost singlehandedly responsible for the Big East bubble gaining its bite back at this point; St. John's nearly cemented their NCAA Tournament spot with an MSG comeback Sunday night, and the Hoyas have a far better chance of joining the dance themselves after this spirited win.
Mac McClung was unconscious from range, drilling several consecutive treys in the first half en route to 21 points overall (4-of-8 from the outside). He can do a lot more than just dunk, and he's the most marketable star of a program chugging back towards relevance, though Jessie Govan has an argument for the headlines after this one (21 of his own).
FINAL: Georgetown 85— Hoyas247 (@Hoyas247) February 21, 2019
Hoyas snap a 9 game losing streak to the Wildcats, and hands Villanova its first back-to-back conference losses for the first time since 2013, 103 games ago!
Biggest win of the season, and most complete effort from start to finish.
Nova extended this one at the end, fouling routinely and taking piles of second chance shots. But once the final whistle sounded, the only thing extended was their long faces. Chock full of veteran talent, this is no way to go into March for a program we once thought could pull off an undefeated Big East slate.