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Photo Cred: Bob Stevens/Xavier University

January 1, 2015 Louisville, KY (Analyzed Sports)

Musketeers remains undefeated at home with 70 – 53 win

The (10 -3) Xavier Musketeers secured a 70 – 53 win into the new year, over No. 25 (8-4) Georgetown Hoyas Wednesday night at the Cintas Center, in Cincinnati, Ohio. The win for Xavier moves their home record to 8-0.   The game was the first conference game for the two teams and the final game in the New Year’s Eve Big East Marathon.

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Photo Cred: Bob Stevens/Xavier University

Jalen Reynolds had a spectacular game, as he finished the game with 17 points, 4rebounds, and 1 assist.  “He is starting to play well,” stated Coach Chris Mack. “He’s as talented as any power forward in our conference. It isn’t a question of how well he plays. It is how much he plays. Jalen has hamstrung himself with foul trouble at times.”

As a team, Xavier showed why it’s one of the better shooting teams in the nation building an 11 point lead with 7:43 remaining in the first half, but the Hoyas would respond with the play of Smith-Rivera to cut the lead to 6 by halftime 31-25.  Xavier finished the half shooting 40.7% from the field and 44% from 3.

2 minutes into the second half, Georgetown’s physical play helped them cut the lead to one 32 -31 after D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera’s made jumper at the 17:28 mark. The Hoyas were finding a way to stick around in the game shooting under 35% from the field.  Each time Xavier would extend its lead some, the Hoyas would respond with a timely basket to keep the game within reach.  With J.P. Macura and Tre Campbell jawing back and forth, Matt Stainbrook and Jalen Reynolds let their play do the talking.  Stainbrook had a nice jump hook in the lane to give the Musketeers a 43-37 lead, while Reynolds put back dunk sent the crowd into a frenzy giving Xavier its largest lead in the 2nd half 45 – 37. After two free-throws from Freshman Forward Trevon Bluiett the lead would extend to 10, 47-37.  The Hoyas would get no closer than 8 points the rest of the way.  Remy Abell’s huge 3 at the 4:17 mark basically was the game winner to seal the deal for the Musketeers and send them into the new year with their first conference win in the Big East.

Xavier finished the game shooting 50% from 3, 82.8% from the free-throw line, and 41.7% from the field, while holding Georgetown to 15.4% from 3, and 36.2% from the field.

“Xavier did a good job,” Hoyas coach John Thompson III said. “They didn’t do any one thing in particular. Nothing was easy for us today.”

Xavier will go on the road to face Depaul Saturday January 3rd, while Georgetown will travel back home to host Creighton.

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