At this point, it’s safe to say that Xavier has this whole Georgetown thing figured out.
After beating the then-No. 25 Hoyas, 70-53, on New Year’s Eve, Xavier beat No. 21 Georgetown by double figures again Tuesday, winning 66-53 in Washington D.C.
“Coach (Chris Mack) did a great job preparing us, (and) we did a great job locking in,” Xavier guard Remy Abell said on Ferrall on the Bench. “Defense is going to win games on the road. We did a great job of defensive rebounding and getting out and playing Xavier basketball. Everybody did a great job of locking in on the defensive end, and we came out with the road win.”
Xavier had more assists, more rebounds and more steals than Georgetown. Granted, the Hoyas had a decided advantage in blocked shots (7-1), but they also committed 17 turnovers and shot just 17-of-43 (39.5 percent) from the floor, including 6-of-22 (27.3 percent) from three-point range.
“Like I said, we did a great job of locking in,” Abell said. “We knew that we was going to win this game by playing defense. Everybody did a good job playing team defense. It starts in practice. We’ve been doing a great job in practice, coach has been doing a great job preparing us – the whole coaching staff. So give credit to them. This is a big game for us, and we did a great job of preparing and coming out with a win.”
Abell had 11 points and a game-high eight rebounds, while Myles Davis scored a game-high 19 to go with five assists and two steals.
Matt Stainbrook and Trevon Bluiett, meanwhile, had 12 and 11 points, respectively.
“(Bluiett has) been playing well lately,” Abell said. “Last game he did well for us and we came out with the win. Matt’s been doing great for us (too). He’s a senior leader. He does a great job in the middle for us playing post (defense), rebounding – just doing it all for us. Everybody stepped up tonight. It was a team win, a team effort.”
Xavier (14-7, 5-4) next plays at Seton Hall on Jan. 31. The Muskies beat then-No. 19 Seton Hall, 69-58, at home on Jan. 7.
“It’s going to be a great game,” Abell said. “They know we beat them last game and they’re going to come in with a ton of energy at home. We just got to do the same thing we did tonight in D.C. We got to come in with the mindset of (being) physically and mentally tough. We got to stay together as one unit, one team. We’ll be ready for the game.”
After that, Xavier returns home for games against Creighton (9-12, 0-8) and Providence (15-5, 5-2) on Feb. 4 and 7, respectively, before hitting the road for a Feb. 10 showdown against Marquette (10-9, 2-5).
“We know the Big East is a tough league,” Abell said. “We got to stay locked in (and) be ready to practice.”