Bey scores 33, leads No. 16 Villanova past Georgetown 80-66

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Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing yells to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Villanova, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Saddiq Bey was needed to score more to keep Villanova in the hunt to win as tough a Big East conference as it's been in years.

Bey gave the Wildcats and coach Jay Wright a glimpse of just how effective he can be from long range.

Bey hit eight 3-pointers and scored a career-high 33 points to lead No. 16 Villanova to an 80-66 win over Georgetown on Saturday.

"I think every game we take the same approach," Bey said. "Take shots when they're there."

Bey found them against the undermanned Hoyas. Bey, a 6-foot-8 sophomore forward, hadn't been much of a 3-pointer shooter this season for the Wildcats (12-3, 3-1). He'd made only 21 and four of those came in a nonconference game against Ohio.

Bey shot just 3-for-10 overall in a win this week at Creighton, hardly a sign he was about to bust out with a career game against the Hoyas (11-6, 1-3).

"I know he improved his shooting but I didn't think he was going to 8 for 10 from 3," Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing said. "Sometimes when you hit your first few shots, the basket looks like an ocean."

Consider, Bey sank only one 3-pointer when he scored his previous-best 27 points in December against Penn.