MBB Minute: Villanova Edges Georgetown in D.C.

James Bell's 16 points helped Villanova outlast Georgetown on Monday in the nation's capital.

James Bell's 16 points helped Villanova outlast Georgetown on Monday in the nation's capital.

Jan. 28, 2014

NEW YORK - Villanova and Georgetown, as they have throughout their time as members of the BIG EAST, played a competitive, close game Monday night.

The ninth-ranked Wildcats prevailed 65-60 at the Verizon Center. James Bell scored 16 points, which included a few clutch 3-pointers down the stretch, to lead Villanova.

"That's a good win against a good, tough team," said Villanova coach Jay Wright.

The Wildcats are 5-0 on the road in BIG EAST play.

The Hoyas, as usual, leaned on Markel Starks, their senior guard, and he came through with a game-high 20 points. He also became the 44th Georgetown player to become a member of the 1,000-point club.

Both teams will step out of conference play Saturday for the final time this season. Villanova plays at Phildelphia Big 5 rival Temple and Georgetown will battle No. 7/6 Michigan State on Saturday as part of the Super Bowl Saturday programming on FOX Sports 1.

Tuesday's schedule is like Monday's slate, only one game and it's on FOX Sports 1. St. John's takes its three-game winning streak to Creighton where the Bluejays are 11-0. The Bluejays moved up to 20th in both national polls this week. The game will be the first meeting between the two schools since Dec. 22, 1971.