Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Myles Davis continued his strong play with 19 points and Xavier went into Verizon Center and stunned No. 21 Georgetown 66-53 on Tuesday.
Davis shot 6-of-9 from the floor, finishing in double figures for the fifth straight game, and Matt Stainbrook scored 12 for Xavier (14-7, 5-4 Big East), which had lost its last five road games, including four straight to open conference play.
"We knew we could do this," Davis said of the win. "We just prepped so hard and we knew the opportunity we had in front of us and we just took full advantage of it."
Georgetown (14-6, 6-3) was coming off four straight wins and six of seven since losing to Xavier in the conference opener for both teams on Dec. 31.
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera paced the Hoyas with 13 points in the unlikely setback.
"Give them credit, they really defended well," Smith-Rivera admitted.
Xavier broke the game open by scoring on six straight possessions over a 3:18 stretch just past the midpoint of the first half. Already leading 11-8, Trevon Bluiett's layup opened the flurry during which five different players scored. Myles Davis capped the 12-0 run with a 3-pointer from Dee Davis, who also scored a layup during the spurt.
Georgetown countered with four straight points on free throws, but Myles Davis connected on a pair of triples later in the half and Xavier led 29-16 at halftime.
The margin was double figures until Joshua Smith's three-point play with 4 1/2 minutes to play. Smith-Rivera followed with a layup that had Georgetown within 54-47.
The Hoyas could have cut it down even more on their next possession, but Tre Campbell missed a 3 and Smith, who grabbed the offensive rebound and got fouled, bricked the front end of a 1-and-1.
Stainbrook's layup on a nifty inbounds feed from Dee Davis with 1:26 left made it an 11-point game, and Xavier held on.
Xavier improved to 3-1 against Georgetown since joining the Big East ... The home team had won the previous three meetings by 13-plus points ... Bluiett and Remy Abell scored 11 points apiece for Xavier.