Men's Basketball

Georgetown Falls to No. 8/7 Xavier, 88-70, in BIG EAST Game at Verizon Center

Feb. 20, 2016

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WASHINGTON -- Georgetown trailed by only two points at the break, but No. 8/7 Xavier used a 13-0 run to start the second half and break open a close game as the Hoyas lost to the Musketeers, 88-70, on Saturday in front of 10,652 fans at Verizon Center.

Georgetown falls to 14-14 overall and 7-8 in the BIG EAST, while Xavier improves to 24-3 overall and 12-3 in the conference.

Senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) scored 18 points, handed out seven assists and had four rebounds to lead the Hoyas, while sophomore forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) added 13 points, five rebounds and three assists. Sophomore guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) added 12 points and three assists.

Smith-Rivera's 18 points give him 1,842 for his career and he is now No. 5 all time on the Georgetown scoring list, passing Othella Harrington ('96).

Georgetown trailed by only two points, 35-33, at halftime, but Xavier used a 13-0 run to start the second half and pushed their lead to 15 points on a 3-pointer from Myles Davis with 16:37 left. The Musketeers shot 77.3% in the second half, thwarting any chance of a Georgetown comeback.

In the opening seven-plus minutes, the lead changed hands 11 times and Georgetown had a 14-13 lead with 12:49 left to play on a jumper from Copeland. That's when the Musketeers went on a 14-2 run over a span of 5:53 and took a 27-16 lead on free throws from Edmond Sumner with 6:30 to play.

Georgetown went nearly five minutes without a field goal before a jumper from Copeland with 6:18 to play cut the Xavier lead to 27-18. A layup from Remy Abell pushed the Musketeers lead back to 11 points, 29-18, with 5:51 to play and they were up 31-21 after free throws from Sumner. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Smith-Rivera and junior forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic) -- the former giving Smith-Rivera the all-time lead in 3-pointers made at Georgetown -- keyed an 11-2 run for the Blue & Gray as Georgetown tied the game, 33 all, on another trey from Smith-Rivera. A pair of free throws from Xavier's James Farr gave the visitors a two-point advantage at the break.

The Hoyas are off for a week before returning to BIG EAST Conference play next Saturday, Feb. 27, hosting Butler on Senior Day. Tipoff at Verizon Center is slated for noon. The game will be shown live on CBS and can be heard locally on 106.7 FM The Fan WJFK.

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