CINCINNATI (AP) — Trevon Bluiett had a season-high 31 points, including a four-point play that tied it late in regulation, and No. 6 Xavier never trailed in overtime, holding on to beat Georgetown 96-91 on Saturday.
The Musketeers (21-3, 9-2 Big East) made all of their 10 free throws in overtime, including four by Tyrique Jones, as they remained unbeaten in 15 home games this season. Bluiett’s two foul shots clinched it with 10 seconds left.
The Hoyas (13-9, 3-8) missed a 3-pointer at the end of regulation and another one in overtime that gave Xavier a chance to finish off a back-and-forth game. There were 20 ties and 21 lead changes, with neither team ahead by more than five points.
Xavier has won six in a row, staying right behind No. 1 Villanova for the Big East lead.
Jessie Govan scored 23 points, and Marcus Derrickson had 19 points and 15 rebounds for Georgetown, which has lost five of six.
Jamorko Picket’s free throws put Georgetown up 86-84 with 38 seconds left in regulation, but Bluiett made a 3, was fouled and hit the free throw, tying it 86-all with 24.3 seconds left. Jahvon Blair missed a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left, sending it to overtime.
Georgetown: Govan had only 12 points and nine rebounds in his last two games combined. The 6-foot-10 center gave Xavier big problems inside in the first half, when he had 17 points and six rebounds. He fouled out early in overtime.
Xavier: With No. 4 Duke’s 81-77 loss to St. John’s on Saturday, the Musketeers could move up in the next AP poll Monday. They’ve been as high as No. 5 this season, matching their best ranking in school history.