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1.28 Around The Big East

This smaller conference leads to having only one game to talk about sometimes.

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#9 Villanova 65, Georgetown 60 - Well, at least it's not dull for Georgetown.

Last night, Jabril Trawick returned after missing five games with a broken jaw, which is impressive enough on its own. Those five games only came over 17 days, and I don't know if I could get out of bed 17 days after breaking my jaw, much less go play a college basketball game. But the Hoyas had to trade Jabril Trawick for Moses Ayegba for the night at least, as the NCAA rang up Georgetown before the game and told them that Ayegba had to sit out.

From SportingNews.com:

Georgetown senior center Moses Ayegba was suspended for nine games as a freshman for something the NCAA dubbed "pre-enrollment issues."

Now, four years later, Ayegba is serving a one-game suspension during Monday night's matchup against the ninth-ranked Villanova Wildcats, yet again, for "pre-enrollment reconciliation issues."

Wow, that's a bunch of crap.

In any case, Georgetown jumped out to an 8-0 lead on the ninth ranked Wildcats. Things were looking up. Then they gave up a 19-2 run, giving Villanova their largest lead of the game. Awkward.

The Hoyas kept it interesting, though, and eventually tied it at 35 on a Markel Starks layup early in the second half. Less than four minutes later, Starks would give GU a 41-39 lead on a pair of free throws. The game stayed close from there, but Georgetown eventually went almost the entire final 2:05 without scoring, with only a last second Starks layup providing their final, futile points.

James Bell had 16 points, and JayVaughn Pinkston had 12 points and seven rebounds to lead the Wildcats, while Starks' final basket gave him a game high 20 points. Run yourself over to VU Hoops or Casual Hoya if you need further details.