CINCINNATI (AP) — Jalen Reynolds scored 17 points, and Xavier beat No. 25 Georgetown 70-53 on Wednesday night in the Big East opener for both schools.
Remy Abell and Dee Davis had 12 points apiece for the Musketeers (10-3, 1-0), who held the Hoyas to 36 percent shooting and forced 16 turnovers. James Farr added nine points and 10 rebounds.
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored 18 points for the Hoyas (8-4, 0-1), who had won three in a row and four of five. Josh Smith had 10 points.
Smith made a jumper with about 14 minutes left to get Georgetown within two, but Xavier responded with a 10-2 run. Trevon Bluiett capped the surge with two free throws that made it 49-39 with 9:13 remaining.
Davis had a layup and two foul shots to extend the lead to 65-50 with 2:45 to go.
Xavier led 31-25 at the break.
Xavier: Coach Chris Mack ran his total to 121 career wins, breaking a tie for second on the school’s list with current Arizona coach Sean Miller.
Georgetown: The Hoyas blocked 10 shots and held the Musketeers 11 points below their season average.
Georgetown hosts Creighton on Saturday.
Xavier visits DePaul on Saturday.
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