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No. 1 Villanova leads by 44, beats Ewing, Georgetown 88-56

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top-ranked Villanova led by as many as 44 points — 44! — and gave Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing a rude welcome back to the schools' rivalry, handing the Hoyas their worst loss in more than 40 years, 88-56 on Wednesday night.

Jalen Brunson led the way with 18 points and seven assists for Villanova (17-1, 5-1 Big East), which finished 17 for 33 on 3s, while Georgetown went 4 for 15.

Mikal Bridges scored 17 for the Wildcats, winners of seven consecutive games against the Hoyas, Villanova's longest streak in a series that dates to 1922.

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The AP Top 25 Poll

Poll Release: Jan 15
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Villanova (63)16-11,6231
2Virginia (1)16-11,5273
3Purdue (1)17-21,4115
4Oklahoma14-21,3719
5Duke15-21,3197
6West Virginia15-21,3042
7Wichita State15-21,2835
8Texas Tech15-21,2768
9Michigan State16-31,0624
10Kansas14-31,03212
11Xavier16-392810
12Cincinnati15-285814
13Gonzaga16-382915
14Arizona14-472317
15North Carolina14-466620
16Arizona State14-363911
17Auburn16-152322
18Kentucky14-348721
19Seton Hall15-345513
20Clemson15-244419
21Tennessee12-435824
22Ohio State15-4276-
23Michigan15-4223-
24TCU13-419616
25Miami (FL)13-314318

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