PHILADELPHIA — Scottie Reynolds scored 27 points and No. 4 Villanova ended a five-game losing streak to No. 11 Georgetown, hanging on for an 82-77 victory Sunday.
The Wildcats (16-1, 5-0) moved into a tie for first place in the Big East with No. 16 Pittsburgh, but the win wasn’t sealed until Reynolds and freshman Maalik Wayns combined to go 8 of 8 from the free-throw line over the final 36 seconds.
Greg Monroe had 29 points and 16 rebounds for the Hoyas (13-3, 4-2), who trailed 46-31 at halftime and managed to the tie the game twice but could never take the lead.
Reynolds, coming off a 36-point game against Louisville, scored 12 of Villanova’s first 16 points in the game. The Wildcats took command in the first half with a 14-0 run that made it 28-15.
Austin Freeman had 10 of his 22 points in the opening 3:38 of the second half as the Hoyas cut right into the big deficit.
The game bogged down for a long part of the second half as the teams combined to miss 20 straight shots from the field over a 6:12 span. Monroe’s rebound basket of the 20th miss tied it at 67 with 4:36 to play.
Taylor King scored on a reverse 21 seconds later to end Villanova’s drought and Monroe tied the game for the last time with 4:01 left.
Reynolds gave the Wildcats the lead for good at 71-69 on a drive down the lane on which he was fouled, but he missed the free throw.
Georgetown, which shot 39.3 percent (24 of 61), went cold again, managing just two field goals the rest of the way, the last on a move down low by Monroe with 9.5 seconds left that made it 80-77. Wayns clinched it with two free throws with 6.9 seconds to go.
Last Saturday, the Hoyas recovered from a 15-point halftime deficit to beat No. 15 Connecticut, but they couldn’t match the comeback against Villanova, which won its seventh straight game and matched its best Big East start since 2002-03. The win continues Villanova’s best overall start since the 1963-64 team opened 17-1.
Reggie Redding and Wayns both had 11 points for Villanova.
Jason Clark had 16 points for the Hoyas, who had won five of their last six.