Tu Holloway scored all 18 of his points in the second half while helping lead Xavier to a 65-57 victory over Georgia. The Bulldogs led by one at the half but were outscored by nine in the second due to a lack of execution offensively and an inability to to knock down a shot when they absolutely needed it the most.
Trey Thompkins scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half before fouling out late. Travis Leslie added 13 points while Gerald Robinson scored 12. The Bulldogs shot just 39% for the game with the biggest difference coming from 3-point range where the Bulldogs were just 2-13. Conversely Xavier knocked down 5-14 three point attempts with most of that damage coming late in the second half.
In addition to Holloway's eighteen points, Mark Lyons (14), Kenny Frease (12), and Jamel McLean (10) all scored in double figures. After struggling offensively early, the Musketeers kept plugging away at the Bulldogs in the second half where they either made big shots or were able to get to the free throw line where they knocked down 20-27 attempts.
It is a familiar feeling for the Bulldogs who drop their third game at home this season all of which were close losses. Georgia is now 16-7 and while this loss doesn't eliminate the Bulldogs from NCAA Tournament Consideration, they miss out on an opportunity to add a good win to their resume. The going doesn't get any easier as Georgia travels to South Carolina on Saturday before setting up for a three game stretch that perhaps will define their season. Following the trip to South Carolina, the Bulldogs will host Vanderbilt before going on the road to face Tennessee and Florida.
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