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Villanova's Josh Hart (3) celebrates after scoring as Georgetown's Isaac Copeland (11) looks away during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game during the Big East men's tournament Thursday, March 10, 2016, in New York. Villanova won 81-67. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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Hart leads Villanova past Hoyas 81-67 in Big East quarters

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NEW YORK (AP) Josh Hart scored 25 points, Ryan Arcidiacono added 19 points and six assists, and third-ranked Villanova pulled away from Georgetown in the second half to open its bid for consecutive Big East Tournament titles with an 81-67 quarterfinal win Thursday.

Kris Jenkins added 15 points for the top-seeded Wildcats (28-4), who made 13 of their 21 3-point attempts.

The eighth-seeded Hoyas (15-18), whose first-round game ended about 15 hours earlier, led 47-46 midway through the second half before Arcidiacono and Hart led Villanova on a game-breaking run.

Georgetown had 16 offensive rebounds to just four for the Wildcats but converted them into only 12 second-chance points. Villanova, meanwhile, took full advantage of the Hoyas’ mistakes, turning 11 turnovers into 20 points.

The Wildcats had been 0-5 against Georgetown at the Big East Tournament.

L.J. Peak led the Hoyas with 19 points.

Villanova meets Butler or Providence in Friday’s semifinals.

With his team down a point with just over 10 minutes left, Hart knifed through the defense for a layup that put Villanova ahead for good. Arcidiacono hit two 3-pointers then dished to Hart in transition off a turnover for a three-point play that made it 60-48 with 7 1/2 minutes remaining.

Villanova big man Daniel Ochefu, playing on a sprained ankle, had no points and no rebounds in 13 minutes. But the taller Hoyas weren’t able to take advantage enough inside. Center Bradley Hayes, who returned Wednesday night with 10 points after missing six games with a broken left hand, wasn’t able to get many touches other than one stretch at the start of the second half.

Neither team scored for nearly five minutes late in the first half before Jenkins hit a 3-pointer with 8 seconds remaining to give Villanova a 28-27 lead at the break.

FOULS OUT

There were just eight fouls called and no free throws shot in the first half, with the referees allowing physical play more reminiscent of a 1980s Big East game. It was a complete reversal from the tournament’s previous game that ended about 12 hours earlier, when Marquette and St. John’s combined for 53 fouls and 66 free throws Wednesday night.

There were 27 fouls and 37 free throws in the second half, though many of those came when Georgetown was playing catch-up.

TIP-INS

Georgetown: Leading scorer D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera was poked in the eye with just under four minutes left in the first half. He returned in the final seconds. Georgetown failed to score in his absence. Smith-Rivera finished with eight points on 4-of-11 shooting, missing all four 3-point tries. … Hayes had 13 points and nine rebounds.

Villanova: Arcidiacono twice went diving into the stands, once in each half. … Darryl Reynolds had four blocks and three steals.

UP NEXT

Villanova plays Butler or Providence in Friday’s semifinals.

Georgetown’s season likely ends with a 15-18 record.

Minority coaches push for NCAA to adopt a Rooney Rule

Georgetown coach John Thompson III speaks before practice for an NCAA college basketball second round game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Georgetown plays Eastern Washington on Thursday. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
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A group representing minority coaches is pushing the NCAA to adopt a rule that would require member institutions to interview a candidate of color for all head coaching and leadership vacancies.

The National Association for Coaching Equity and Development is joining longtime equality crusader Richard Lapchick in lobbying for an “Eddie Robinson Rule,” which would be college athletics’ version of the NFL’s Rooney Rule.

The group says such a rule would “address the negligent hiring practices which consistently exclude racial and ethnic minority coaches and administrators from positions of leadership in intercollegiate athletics.”

“It’s not about supply anymore,” Merritt Norvell, NAFCED’s executive director, said Friday. “There are plenty of qualified racial and ethnic minority coaches. It’s about the hiring process, which has historically and systematically excluded minority coaches by denying them an opportunity to compete in the process.”

NAFCED was formed last year to combat the dwindling numbers of minority coaches in college sports after the once powerful Black Coaches Association faded. Prominent members include Texas Tech basketball coach Tubby Smith, Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson III and Texas coach Shaka Smart.

Lapchick’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida released an annual study before the college football season that reported 87.5 percent of the 128 head football coaches in the NCAA’s Bowl Subdivision were white. That includes all four teams that made it to the playoff – Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and Michigan State.

Further, nearly 80 percent of college presidents and athletic directors at FBS schools are white males.

Lapchick has long advocated that the NCAA adopt a rule similar to the NFL, and he named it after Robinson, the revered coach at Grambling State who died in 2007. He called the endorsement from NAFCED “an enormous boost” that he hopes will help the proposal gain traction.

“I think what has been lacking is a forceful group of prominent sports leaders backing this,” Lapchick said. “This is such a group. In the absence of the BCA, this organization has the potential to have an impact on their own campuses as well as the NCAA.”

Norvell said NAFCED leaders plan to meet with NCAA leadership and conference commissioners in coming months.

“I do think for the health of the game we need diversity on the sideline,” former Georgia Tech and George Mason coach Paul Hewitt said. “It’s vitally important. We’re going through a very critical stage here and we need a lot of different ideas, a lot of different thoughts, a lot of different perspectives so we can arrive at the best place for the game and the kids who play the game.”

The biggest question will be whether the NCAA, or any other governing body, can enforce the rules on such a wide swath of public and private institutions. In 2009, Oregon passed a law that requires all of its public universities to interview minority candidates for coaching positions, but the law does not penalize schools that do not follow the rules.

Norvell said NAFCED, which is partnering with the National Consortium for Academics and Sports and The No Hate Zone in pushing for an Eddie Robinson Rule, said the public pressure that could be generated from such a measure would help schools adhere to the rule. Lapchick said he thinks legislative action would be more compelling than any perceived punishment that the NCAA could hand out.

“Having Congress rattling the sword as a result of this announcement by NAFCED would be an additional vehicle that would make the possibility of the NCAA moving more likely,” Lapchick said. “But I think this is the first step. Bringing Congress in to act would be a positive second step.”

Illness to sideline Georgetown’s Campbell next two games

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Already possessing limited numbers in their guard rotation, Georgetown will head north to New York City for the 2K Classic without one of their contributors.

Sophomore guard Tre Campbell will miss the Hoyas’ two games at Madison Square Garden due to illness, with head coach John Thompson III announcing Campbell won’t be making the trip Thursday afternoon. Georgetown, which fell to 0-2 on the season Tuesday night with a close loss at No. 3 Maryland, has played its first two games of the season without forward Paul White due to a hip injury.

Campbell’s absence means that Georgetown will have two scholarship guards available when they take on Wisconsin Friday and then either Duke or VCU on Sunday, with those players being senior D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and sophomore L.J. Peak. With Campbell (21.5 mpg) available those two still saw a lot of playing time against Radford and Maryland, with Peak averaging 34.5 minutes per game and Smith-Rivera at 34.0 mpg (and that’s factoring in his foul trouble Tuesday night).

Long-time Georgetown fan becomes program’s first 2017 commitment

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While it does occur, a recruit committing to a school before they’ve begun their junior year of high school isn’t something that happens all too often. However that occurred Wednesday evening, as 6-foot-5 shooting guard Tyler Foster verbally committed to Georgetown. News of Foster’s commitment was first reported by ESPN.com.

Foster also considered VCU and was on the receiving of interest from programs such a Dayton, UNLV and St. John’s, but the Gilman School (Baltimore) student made the decision to become a Hoya rather quickly. As his father told the Baltimore Sun, Foster’s long been a fan of the Georgetown program and that impacted his decision.

“He always loved Georgetown,” said Robert Foster, a former Dunbar star. “He’s been a big Georgetown fan, a big Allen Iverson fan, so naturally he gravitated toward Georgetown early on. It was too good to be true for him. That’s really why he’s getting it done so early.”

Foster is Georgetown’s first commitment in the Class of 2017, and for John Thompson III to have a commit from an area that annually produces quality talent doesn’t hurt at all. After playing well as a sophomore Foster’s carried that over into the spring for the Bmore’s Finest program (16U team) on the Under Armour Association circuit, averaging 14.0 points and 4.5 rebounds rebounds per game.

With there still being two years before Foster enrolls at Georgetown, it remains to be seen who his teammates will be. Outside of D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera the Hoyas don’t have a scholarship upperclassman on the perimeter, meaning that the likes of Tre Campbell and L.J. Peak (both sophomores) and Kaleb Johnson (incoming freshman) could be on The Hilltop when Foster enrolls in 2017.

Georgetown’s Tyler Adams, whose career ended after four games, will start on ‘Senior Day’

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Entering college in 2011 as a four-star recruit, power forward Tyler Adams was a player expected to be a key factor for Georgetown throughout his college career. Unfortunately he played in just four games before being diagnosed with a heart ailment that ended his career. Since then Adams has remained a part of John Thompson III’s program, doing what he can to help Georgetown despite being unable to take the floor and contribute in games.

With the program celebrating Senior Day on Saturday when they host Seton Hall, classmates Mikael Hopkins and Jabril Trawick will be honored and the same goes for forward Aaron Bowen (he played just seven games in 2010-11 due to injury) and big man Joshua Smith. Adams will also be honored Saturday, and thanks to a waiver given by the NCAA he’ll be in the starting lineup.

John Thompson III’s decision to start Adams came as a surprise to the player, who received the news with the rest of the team on Thursday.

He told me with the team yesterday,” Adams said with a smile. “He called us together in a group and mentioned how he doesn’t do what other coaches do with starting seniors, that it wasn’t that big of a deal to him, but at the end of the conversation he said, `But we’re going to make an exception and start you.’

“I thought it was a joke, everyone started laughing and it kind of shocked me, but everyone was excited when they heard the news.”

The waiver allows Adams to appear in the game “briefly,” and it’s good to see that he’ll be able to complete his Georgetown career with one final on-court appearance. It also gives Adams the chance to spend his final home game in uniform alongside Hopkins and Trawick, with whom he arrived on campus in 2011.

Adams may not have been able to play in games, but Georgetown’s gesture shows what he’s meant to the program during his time on campus.

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John Thompson III takes issue with Georgetown students storming floor after win over No. 4 Villanova (VIDEO)

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With Georgetown soundly defeating No. 4 Villanova 78-58 on Monday night, the students opted to storm the floor and CBT’s Rob Dauster was there to document it.

This is what court storms actually look like

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Afterwards, Georgetown head coach John Thompson III voiced his displeasure for such antics:

Do you think it was necessary for Georgetown students to storm the floor or for Thompson III to be angry with it?