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Xavier picks up victory over Georgetown

What a weird game.

NCAA Basketball: Providence at Xavier Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

What do we know about the Georgetown Hoyas?

What do we know about the Xavier Musketeers?

Is it possible we somehow know less about both of these teams than we did going into Wednesday night’s matchup in Cincinnati?

Prior to the game, Xavier announced Quentin Goodin would miss the game with a knee injury suffered in Saturday’s loss to Marquette, which put the Musketeers behind the 8-ball before the game even got underway.

Throughout the first 17 minutes of their 81-75 victory, the Musketeers looked absolutely lost. Georgetown, led in the first half by Jessie Govan and Greg Malinowski’s hot shooting (22 combined points, four combined threes), got out to a 17 point lead by the final media timeout of the first half.

Then, everything changed. Xavier suddenly couldn’t miss a shot and looked great defensively to finish the half on a 12-0 run and cut Georgetown’s halftime lead to just 37-32.

The beginning of the second half was more of the same, as Xavier’s run swelled to 17-0 and they tied the game at 37. In just over five minutes of game time, Georgetown squandered a 17 point lead. The inconsistent play is becoming more and more of an issue for the Hoyas, and is something that will have to be addressed and fixed.

To Georgetown’s credit, they didn’t fold after giving up the lead. They stayed competitive and the teams traded the lead throughout the first ten minutes of the second half. Once Xavier took a 55-54 lead on Elias Harden’s second three-pointer of the evening, they never looked back, turning that into a 9-0 run and never letting Georgetown get closer than three points for the rest of the evening.

Zach Hankins had a career night for the Musketeers. In the first half, he was one of the only Xavier players playing well, scoring 10 of the team’s first 19 points. He continued to get better as the night went on and finished with a career-high 23 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double in his time at Xavier. Tyrique Jones also had a double-double, with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Georgetown was unable to stop Xavier down low, leading to 48 points in the paint for the Musketeers.

For the Hoyas, it was Govan leading the way with 27 points and eight rebounds, and minimal contributions elsewhere. James Akinjo finished with 13 points, and Malinowski had 12, but 10 of those 12 came in the first half.

Xavier improves to 10-7 on the season and 2-2 in Big East play as they prepare to host Butler on Sunday. Georgetown falls to 11-5 on the year and 1-2 in conference play. They’ll host Providence on Saturday.