Men's Basketball Roars Back From A 17-Point Deficit To Defeat Georgetown, 80-67
Jan. 15, 2014
CINCINNATI - The Xavier Musketeers roared back from a 17-point deficit to defeat the Georgetown Hoyas, 80-67, Wednesday night at Cintas Center. Xavier ended the game on a 44-14 run, which included a 16-0 run over the final 5:11. The Musketeers improve to 14-4 on the year and 3-1 in BIG EAST play. The Hoyas fall to 11-5 overall (3-2 BIG EAST).
Xavier's starting guards were huge in the victory, as sophomore Semaj Christon and junior Dee Davis combined for 35 points, 18 and 17, respectively. Christon was 9-of-12 shooting and also had four rebounds and one assist. Davis's 17 points are a season high. He was 5-of-6, nailing two three-pointers. He also added seven assists and one rebound.
The teams traded baskets in the opening minutes of the first half. At the under 12-minute media timeout, Georgetown held a 20-17 lead due to a 10-0 Hoya run. Xavier was able to cut the lead to one when the team broke the press to find Farr for a loud, two-handed dunk. The Hoyas would not relent, as their three-point shooting was superb in the first half. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera made three of Georgetown's seven treys in the first half on 11 total shots. The Hoyas took a 42-29 lead into the locker room.
D. Davis opened the half with five points of a 7-0 Xavier run to open the half. Georgetown answered with three straight from behind the arc to take their largest lead of the night at 17 points. The Musketeers would not go away; Xavier went on another run, this time 12-2, due to a James Farr three-pointer, a couple of Christon jumpers and relentless full-court pressure to cut the lead to seven with 12:40 remaining.
The Musketeers continued to chip away at the Hoyas' lead. D. Davis and Justin Martin each had three-pointers to cut the lead to two points. Finally, the Cintas Center crowd roared a huge ovation for freshman Myles Davis, whose three-pointer with 4:56 remaining gave Xavier to take its first lead since 13:25 in the first half. Georgetown would not score for the rest of the game. Xavier finished the game with a 16-0 run to cap a 80-67 victory over Georgetown.
Two other Musketeers scored in double figures. Senior Isaiah Philmore shot 4-of-7 for 14 points, due to his 6-of-7 from the free throw line. He also grabbed five rebounds. Six of Martin's 10 points came from behind the arc. He had seven boards and two assists in the victory.
Other contributors in the victory were junior Matt Stainbrook and Farr. Stainbrook had seven points, eight rebounds and a career-high six assists. Farr gave the Musketeers nine points, including a trey and six boards.
Xavier's final stat line included a 49.1 (28-of-57) field goal percentage. They shot 40 percent (6-of-15) from behind the arc and 81.8 percent (18-of-22) from the charity stripe. The Musketeers also won the rebounding battle 36-25. After making 7-of-11 three-pointers in the first half, Xavier was able to hold Georgetown to only 3-of-7 in the second half. Overall, the Hoyas shot a 47.3 field goal percentage (26-of-55).
Markel Starks was Georgetown's leading scorer, with 19 points. He also had five rebounds and seven assists. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored 18 points, including nine on threes.
The Musketeers will head back on the road to face the DePaul Blue Demons in Chicago, Ill. on Monday, Jan. 20 for a 4:00 pm game. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Ohio. Stay tuned to GoXavier.com for the latest men's basketball news.