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Georgetown dusts Xavier up, 72-66

The Musketeers eat a bad loss in the first week of March.

NCAA Basketball: Maryland - E. Shore at Georgetown Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Georgetown scored a big win on Tuesday night as they continue to compile momentum.

The Hoyas defeated the Xavier Musketeers, who were 3-point favorites heading into the game. Patrick Ewing’s bunch defeated the Muskies 72-66 in a game that they had a vicegrip on from almost end to end.

Xavier held a 7-6 lead with 14:26 to go in the first half. That proved to be their largest lead of the game as the Musketeers were throttled by the now 9-11 Hoyas. Georgetown held a lead as large as 19 points, as they were up 55-36 with 11 minutes to go in the second half. They seldom took their foot off the gas, and kept the pressure applied to score a huge victory victory as March has rolled in.

The Hoyas picked up three double-figure efforts from the likes of Jamorko Pickett, Chudier Bile and Qudus Wahab. The trio scored 18, 16 and 13 respectively,a nd Jahvon Blair added 1 off the bench. Bile had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and committed only one turnover in 32 minutes of action. In general, the Hoyas couhged it up just 12 times, the same amount as their adversary. So it was a very clean game on both sides, just one that Georgetown was able to finesse victory from.

While Georgetown and Xavier both made the same amount of 3-pointers (9), the Hoyas outshot them by nearly 10 full percentage points. Georgetown shot 9-for-25 from 3, while the Musketeers shot 9-for-34. Additionally, the Hoyas had only two more 2-pointers made (15 to Xavier’s 13), but out shot them 41.7 percent to 38.2.

The win for G’Town was their second in a row and fourth in their last five games. Stretching the curtain out further, it’s their sixth win in the last nine games, as they continue to go on a late season turnaround. They’ll have a chance to close out the season with a bang in their scheduled matchup with UConn this Saturday.

As for Xavier, they stand at 13-6 and 6-6 in the conference. A good mark, to be sure, but obviously things have soured on them lately. They are 2-4 in their last six games as they head into their last game against Marquette on Saturday.