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VILLANOVA DOWNS GEORGETOWN IN BIG EAST, TOP 10 MATCH-UP

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Freshman John Celestand had a season-high 19 points and No. 6 Villanova held Allen Iverson to five points in the second half in a 79-66 victory over No. 8 Georgetown on Monday night.

The Wildcats (19-3, 10-2 Big East), playing without injured starting forward Eric Eberz, won their sixth straight game, while the Hoyas (19-4, 9-3) had a two-game winning streak snapped.Kerry Kittles scored 17 points and Alvin Williams had 13 for Villanova.

Iverson, who was 6-of-10 from the field in the first half and 1-of-6 in the second, finished with 22 points, while Othella Harrington added 10 for the Hoyas.

Villanova opened the second half with a 19-5 run that included 3-pointers by Kittles, Williams and Celestand. Celestand's 3 with 13:22 to go gave the Wildcats a 52-40 lead.

The Wildcats stretched it to 54-40 on Kittles' desperation 15-foot jumper with 11:30 remaining and Boubacar Aw's layup at the other end finally stopped a run of 13 straight points by Villanova.

In the opening half, the Hoyas had eight steals and forced 12 turnovers, but shot just 37 percent.