Xavier led for most of the game, but ultimately couldn’t get the win against Georgetown, falling 80-73.
Xavier got out to a quick start, going up 9-0 before Georgetown called a timeout with 16:21 left in the first half. Four different players scored for Xavier in the opening run, and included a three from Kyle Castlin.
They cooled off a bit, only scoring three points in the next four and a half minutes, but played well enough on the defensive end to maintain a 12-6 lead with 12:00 remaining in the first half.
Xavier continued to stretch their lead, as they were up 21-13 with 7:56 left in the first half.
The Hoyas grabbed momentum after, cutting Xavier’s lead to four, 23-19, before Xavier was able to go on a quick 5-0 spurt to push the lead back to nine, 28-19. They lead 28-21 with 3:20 left in the first half.
Xavier led 36-28 at the half, with Naji Marshall, Paul Scruggs and Quentin Goodin all making shots over the final 3:20 in the first half.
Georgetown opened the second half with a three point play. Scruggs responded with a three for Xavier to take a 39-31 lead. Georgetown scored the next seven points to cut the lead to just one, 39-38.
After another Scruggs three and a Zach Hankins make in the post, Xavier was able to gain some breathing room. They led 44-40 with 15:40 left in the game.
The teams continued to go back-and-forth with neither able to grab momentum. As a result, Xavier led only 51-50 with 11:41 remaining in the game. Xavier led 57-53, but an 8-0 run from Georgetown had them up 61-57 with just over nine minutes left in the game.
Xavier rallied and was able to tie the game at 63-63 on a Goodin three-pointer, and the game remained tied with 6:31 left. The game continued to go back-and-forth, with Georgetown only leading by three, 73-70, with 2:40 left in the game.
A put back shot off an offensive rebound gave Georgetown a 75-70 lead, and they came away with a 80-73 win over the Musketeers.
Marshall led the team in scoring, netting 16 points and knocking down three, three-pointers. He also had five rebounds. Scruggs was second with 15 points, and led the team in rebounds with seven. He also had a steal.
Goodin finished with 14 points, four rebounds and four assists, while making three of his shots from beyond the arc. Hankins finished with eight points, six rebounds, two assists, three blocks and a steal.