Xavier Basketball had their biggest win of this season so far on Wednesday. Beating Georgetown Basketball 81-75 at Xavier’s Cintas Center. After trailing by 17 points at one point in the first half.
The Xavier Musketeers began this game in lackluster form. Practically starting off from where they ended last Sunday’s rout loss to then No.16 Marquette Basketball. Meanwhile, the Georgetown Hoyas were also fresh from a loss to an AP Top 25 opponent. Losing last Saturday in overtime against No 24. St. John’s Basketball. Three-pointers hurt the Musketeers throughout the first half. Xavier made only one three-pointer out of nine attempts in the first half.
Xavier’s comeback began with 3:28 left before halftime. Narrowing a 39-22 deficit through a 12-0 run to close out the first half. Xavier’s run continued in the opening minutes the second half. Tying the game at 39 points each 91 seconds into that half. Later, an Elias Harden three-pointer gave Xavier their first lead in over 19 minutes.
Both teams battled back and forth with the lead for roughly four minutes. Another Harden three-pointer put Xavier back in front with 11:13 left in the game. His second of the Musketeers three successful three-pointers. Xavier kept the lead through the rest of the game. Outscoring the Hoyas 26-21 from that point until the final buzzer.
Zach Hankins led the Musketeers with a season-high 23 points. Hankins also wrapped up Wednesday’s game with a double-double. Tyrique Jones concluded this game with a double-double as well. Jones scored 19 points and matched Hankins with ten rebounds. Meanwhile, Paul Scruggs led the Musketeers with four assists. Naji Marshall led the Musketeers with a game leading two steals.
Wednesday’s win currently stands out as Xavier’s signature win of the season for one reason. After going through their non-conference schedule without a signature win. Everything managed to click at the right moments. Going on a double-digit run, turning to their inside game and shifting their defensive strategy. Helping the Musketeers win a game they seemed destined to lose in the first half.
The Musketeers are now back at .500 in Big East play with a 2-2 record. Their next opponent is Butler Basketball at the Cintas Center on Sunday. Tip-off is scheduled for Noon Eastern time on CBS Sports Network.