Xavier comes from behind twice to hold off scrappy Georgetown, 92-91 Friday Night

By Marisol Nicholson

1 19 2024








Quincy Olivari scored 27 points for Xavier

CINCINNATI – Xavier men’s basketball won its third straight game on Friday night, defeating Georgetown, 92-91, at Cintas Center.

The Musketeers improved to 10-8 (4-3 BIG EAST), while the Hoyas dropped to 8-10 (1-6 BIG EAST).

The game featured five lead changes and three ties. The Musketeers only led for one minute and 21 seconds in the contest.

The Hoyas led by as many as 14 points (33-19) with 7:53 left in the first half. Xavier outscored Georgetown, 19-10, to end the first stanza and close within five points (43-38).

Georgetown regained its double-figure advantage and led by as many as 12 points (56-44) at the 16:42 mark in the second half. The Musketeers battled back with a 22-10 run over the seven minutes to tie the game for the first time (66-66). Trey Green hit a three pointer with 9:02 on the clock to give Xavier its largest lead of the game, 69-66.

The Hoyas regained the lead at the 6:58 mark, 76-74, and maintained its advantage until 1:06 was left in regulation (91-90). A Dailyn Swain dunk with 30 seconds on the clock put the Musketeers up by one point (92-91).

ay Heath’s contested shot for the Hoyas in the closing seconds fell short and Abou Ousmane came up with the defensive rebound to seal the victory for Xavier.

  • Quincy Olivari led four Musketeers in double figures with 27 points on 7-for-17 shooting. The guard went 5-for-10 from behind the arc and 8-for-10 from the foul line. He added six rebounds and two assists. The Atlanta, Ga., native has seven, 20-point performances on the year.
  • Desmond Claude added 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting. The sophomore guard dished out a career and team-high nine assists. Claude also pulled down five rebounds.
  • Dayvion McKnight finished with 18 points on 6-for-10 shooting. He added five assists, two steals and two rebounds.
  • Abou Ousmane finished out the double-figure scorers with 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting. The forward also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
  • Dailyn Swain posted seven points, six rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals in 21 minutes of action off the bench. Gytis Nemeikša recorded six points, five rebounds and four assists.
  • Xavier finished with a .500 field-goal percentage (32-for-64), the team’s sixth game of the season shooting 50 percent or better from the floor. The Musketeers were also 8-for-25 from behind the arc and 20-for-29 from the foul line.
  • The Musketeers matched their season high in assists with 27, the team’s sixth game of the year with 20 or more assists. Xavier also had 27 assists vs Bryant on Nov. 24.
  • Georgetown won the battle on the glass, 38-36, and held a 21-10 advantage in second-chance points. Xavier scored eight more points off of turnovers (17-9) and held a 20-5 advantage in fastbreak points.
  • Xavier scored 92 points in the win, the team’s second most points in a game this season. The Musketeers scored 100 points vs Bryant on Nov. 24.
  • Xavier travels to No. 18 Creighton on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Tip-off is slated for 8:30 p.m. ET from the CHI Health Center with the game being aired nationally on FS1.