Feb 25, 2012; Washington D.C., USA; Villanova Wildcats forward Maurice Sutton (25) and guard Maalik Wayns (2) fight for a rebound with Georgetown Hoyas forward Greg Whittington (2) at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE
It was a great weekend for St. Joe's and Penn, while La Salle and Temple suffered tough losses. Maalik Wayns also returned for Villanova but had a brutal afternoon.
With the regular season coming to a close and March Madness rapidly approaching, the games are bigger than ever. St. Joe's really helped themselves out, while Temple and La Salle took steps back.
Georgetown 67, Villanova 46
The Wildcats tough season just continued to get worse on Saturday, losing 76-46 to the Hoyas.
Villanova (11-17, 4-12) saw the return of Maalik Wayns, who missed the previous three games with a MCL sprain. Unfortunately, Wayns didn't look ready to go full speed, only scoring three points.
Jason Clark was the leader for Georgetown (21-6, 11-5), scoring 15 points and grabbing six rebounds. The Hoyas look like they'll be a force once again come March.
St. Joe's 82, Temple 72
In an-all Philly contest, the Hawks came out on top, beating Temple 82-72 over the weekend.
Langston Galloway exploded for St. Joe's (19-11, 9-6) scoring 22 points to pace his squad. Halil Kanacevic also played with great purpose, pouring in 14 points and snatching 12 rebounds. It was a huge win for St. Joe's, its second this season over a ranked opponent (also beat Creighton).
For the Owls (22-6, 11-3), the loss doesn't hurt too much. Sure, they'll drop out of the Top 25, but they remain the top seed in the Atlantic 10 for now. Micheal Eric had a nice game with a 14 point, 14 rebound in a valiant but losing effort.
Northwestern 67, Penn State 66
The Nittany Lions played with all the fight one could expect, but were ultimately undone by a pair of John Shurna free throws.
Penn State lost 67-66 to Northwestern (17-11, 7-9), a Wildcats team desperate to make the NCAA tournament. The aforementioned Shurna had a monster game, scoring 23 points to compliment five blocks and six assists.
As usual, Tim Frazier led the Nittany Lions (12-17, 4-12), also having a 23-point afternoon. It's an easy game to breakdown. Northwestern shot over 51 percent from downtown with a 15 for 29 effort. Conversely, Penn St only hit on three of 14.
Fordham 67, La Salle 62
After such a promising start to the season, the Explorers have fallen off the proverbial cliff. The fall continued Saturday with a loss to Fordham 67-62.
La Salle (18-11, 7-7) has lost five of its last six at the wrong time of the year. The Rams (10-17, 3-11) are a bottom-feeder and an inexcusable loss for a team like the Explorers, who need every win very badly.
Chris Gaston had one of the best showings of the year, scoring 35 points and pulling down 16 rebounds for Fordham.
All five starters for La Salle were in double digits, led by Ramon Galloway with 14 points.
Other scores from the area:
Drexel 73, Old Dominion 72
Damion Lee had a virtuoso performance on Saturday, propelling Drexel to a 73-72 victory over Old Dominion (19-12, 13-5).
Lee had 24 points and five rebounds, leading the Dragons (25-5, 16-2) to another CAA victory. Going into the conference tournament, Drexel is the top seed and odds on favorite to get an NCAA tourney bid.
Pennsylvania 55, Harvard 54
The Quakers squeaked by with an upset win over the Crimson 55-54 at home. Penn (17-11, 9-2) finished the game scoring the final four points, with Zach Rosen hitting the game-winning free throws with under a minute to go. Rosen led the Quakers with 20 points.
Penn is now a half game behind Harvard for the Ivy League penthouse.
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