Xavier Drops Road Contest To Georgetown, 74-52

Xavier was led by Semaj Christon's 17 points.

Xavier was led by Semaj Christon's 17 points.

Feb. 22, 2014

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WASHINGTON - The Xavier men's basketball team fell, 74-52, at Georgetown early Saturday afternoon. XU is now 18-9 overall and 8-6 in the BIG EAST, while GU is 16-11 overall and 7-8 in league play.

After trailing by 17 points at the break, Xavier opened the second half on a 7-1 run to cut the margin to 11, 44-33. That was as close as XU would get, as GU answered with a 12-2 run to extend its lead to 21.

Semaj Christon led three Musketeers in double-figures. Christon tallied 17 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the floor and 7-of-9 at the line. Matt Stainbrook added 12 points and Justin Martin tallied 11.

Xavier shot 44 percent (16-of-36) from the floor, including 36 percent (4-of-11) from three, and 80 percent (16-of-20) at the line. Georgetown connected on 52 percent (25-of-48) of its shots and made 42 percent (5-of-12) of its three-point attempts. The Hoyas also knocked down 73 percent (19-of-26) of their free throws.

Turnovers proved to be costly for the Musketeers. While only turning the ball over 12 times, the Hoyas converted those miscues into 20 points. By contrast, Georgetown committed three turnovers that were turned into four points for Xavier.

XU struggled in the first half, trailing GU, 43-26, at the break. The Hoyas had the Musketeers' number in the first half of both games this season. In the first meeting in Cincinnati, Georgetown built a 42-29 lead at half.

Both teams shot the ball well in the opening frame, with Xavier knocking down 48 percent (10-of-21) and Georgetown connecting on 56 percent (14-of-25). The Musketeers were a perfect 3-for-3 at the line and they Hoyas knocked down 10-of-11 (91 percent).

Markel Starks led Georgetown with 22 points, five assists and four rebounds.

Xavier will head to New York City for a showdown with a St. John's squad that has been surging since mid-January. The Johnnies have won nine of their last ten and have a meeting at Villanova on Sunday before the Musketeers come to town on Tuesday. FOX Sports 1 will carry the 7 p.m. game.