Georgetown Leads Early but Xavier Pulls Away for 80-67 Win

D'Vauntes Smith Rivera

Jan. 15, 2014

Box Score

Xavier 80, Georgetown 67 Get Acrobat Reader

Cincinnati, Ohio - Georgetown led by 13 points at the half and took a 17-point lead in the second half, but could not hang on as Xavier pulled away for a 80-67 win over the Hoyas at the Cintas Center Wednesday night.

Georgetown falls to 11-5 overall and 3-2 in the BIG EAST, while Xavier improves to 14-4 overall and 4-1 in league play.

Sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) scored 19 points, handed out seven assists and grabbed five rebounds to lead Georgetown, while senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) scored 18 points and had three rebounds and freshman Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic) added a career-high 13 points and four rebounds.

Georgetown had led by 13 points at the break and took its biggest lead of the game, 53-36, on a layup from Starks with 15 minutes to play, but the Musketeers stormed back. An 8-0 spurt capped by a three-pointer from James Farr puled Xavier within 10 points, 53-44, but a jumper from Smith-Rivera at the 13:14 mark extended the lead back to 11 points, 55-44.

A 13-6 Xavier run narrowed the Hoya lead to four points, 61-57, and Georgetown maintained the four-point lead after two free throws apiece from Starks (63-59) and senior center Moses Ayegba (Kano, Nigeria/Progressive Christian [Md.]) (65-61), the latter at 6:53.

The Hoyas took a 67-64 lead with 6:14 to play on a jumper from Smith-Rivera, but Xavier used a 16-0 run over the final 6:14 to secure the win.

The Hoyas led by 13 points at the break, 42-29, but Xavier scored the first seven points of the second half and cut the lead to 42-36 on a layup from Dee Davis after 1:24 of play. Georgetown responded, with Cameron hitting two three-pointers and Starks adding one more as the Hoyas took a 51-36 lead at the 16:48 mark, forcing the Musketeers to call a timeout.

The Blue & Gray took their biggest lead, 53-36, when Lubick picked up a loose ball and assisted Starks on a breakaway layup with 15 minutes left in the game.

Xavier took the early lead in the game and led by four points, 14-10 after a layup from Christon, but the Hoyas scored 10-straight points over a span of 1:54 - with five points from Starks and a three from Smith-Rivera - and took a 20-14 lead on a jumper from Bowen at the 11:31 mark.

The lead was trimmed to two points, 23-21, after a layup from James Farr, but a 7-2 spurt, capped by a Starks three-pointer, pushed the lead to 30-23 with 6:34 remaining in the half. That was part of a larger 12-4 run over a span of 5:41 as GU took its biggest lead of the half, 36-25, on a three-point play from Smith-Rivera. A three-pointer, the seventh of the first half for Georgetown, from Starks with 14 seconds left gave the Hoyas a 42-29 lead at the break.

Georgetown is back in action on Saturday, Feb. 18, playing at home for the first time in more than two weeks when the team hosts long-time BIG EAST rival Seton Hall at Verizon Center. Tip-off at the team's downtown home is slated for noon. The game will be shown live on Fox Sports Network, with Jerry Carrino and Stu Jackson calling all of the action. The radio call of Rich Chvotkin can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.



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