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Campbell's 21 points lead Georgetown over No. 5 Xavier 81-72

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Campbell's 21 points lead Georgetown over No. 5 Xavier 81-72

CINCINNATI (AP) -- After so many close calls, Georgetown finally got that breakthrough win.

Tre Campbell scored a career-high 21 points -- 17 in the first half -- and Georgetown's front line held its own as the Hoyas built a double-digit lead in the second half and held on for an 81-72 victory over No. 5 Xavier on Tuesday night.

The Hoyas (12-7, 5-2 Big East) pulled ahead 39-33 at halftime behind Campbell's big game and led by as many as 11 in the second half while sending the Musketeers (16-2, 4-2) to their first home-court loss of the season. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 20 points for Georgetown, 15 in the second half.

"It's really big," the senior guard said. "It's the first time we've won here and my last time playing here."

The Hoyas had wilted in the second half against top teams and wound up with close losses. This time, they kept their poise all the way.

"I told these guys before the game: `We've been close but here's another opportunity,'" coach John Thompson III said. "To come in here and win against this team -- they're playing at such a high level now -- feels good. We're now over a hump and we'll proceed from here."

Trevon Bluiett led Xavier with 18 points.

Xavier had won all three games against Georgetown last season, including a matchup in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament. The Hoyas' front line dug in and got a different result, outrebounding Xavier 39-35. Xavier and Purdue were the only teams that hadn't been outrebounded in a game this season, according to STATS. Xavier led the Big East in offensive and defensive rebounding.

"Honestly it was Georgetown being locked in and ready to play," said Myles Davis, who had 15 points. "They knew that last year in the games we played them we out-rebounded them and were tougher."

The Musketeers shot a season-low 35.8 percent from the field.

Freshman Edmond Sumner was back as Xavier's starting point guard and scored 10 points. He missed three games with a concussion and came off the bench to score 15 points during a 74-66 win at Marquette on Saturday.

Xavier had trouble stopping 7-foot center Bradley Hayes at the outset. He made his first three shots as the Hoyas kept it close. Hayes picked up his third foul with 7:42 left in the first half. He was their leading scorer with six points when he left because of the foul trouble.

Sumner hit his first two shots from beyond the arc and two free throws as Xavier pulled ahead 27-20. Georgetown went to a zone defense to slow the Musketeers, who are third in the Big East with 80.1 points per game.

Campbell picked it up after Hayes went out. He hit four 3-pointers in the final 6 minutes of the half, giving him a career-high 17 points, as the Hoyas pulled ahead 39-33. The sophomore guard hit five of six shots from beyond the arc.

"When I made my first shot, I knew it was going to be good," said Campbell, who finished 7 of 11 from the field and 5 of 7 from beyond the arc. "My teammates kept finding me. I just felt fine tonight. I had a rhythm."

Campbell's reverse layup gave the Hoyas their first double-digit lead at 46-36.

Bluiett struggled through an off-night, going only 6 of 16 from the field, but hit a baseline jumper and his first 3-pointer as Xavier cut the lead to 51-49. Smith-Rivera hit two 3s as Georgetown built the lead to 11 points.

Xavier never got closer than six points the rest of the way.

TIP-INS

Georgetown: The Hoyas are 2-3 against ranked teams this season.

Xavier: Sumner played 25 minutes against Marquette. He played 33 minutes on Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Georgetown: Hosts Connecticut on Saturday.

Xavier: Hosts Seton Hall on Saturday.

Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats

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Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats

WASHINGTON -- Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run homer, Vince Velasquez pitched five effective innings and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped Washington's six-game win streak with a 3-1 victory over the Nationals on Saturday.

Velasquez (2-4) allowed one run and one hit in his first win since April 7. He also struck out four, walked four and hit a batter.

Edubray Ramos, Tommy Hunter, Luis Garcia and Hector Neris then combined for four innings of one-hit relief. Neris earned his sixth save.

Trea Turner led off the Washington ninth with a walk and was running when Matt Wieters popped out to short right field. Turner, who slid into second, lost track of the ball and was easily doubled off first.

Wilmer Difo homered for Washington. Third baseman Anthony Rendon went 0 for 2 with two walks after missing 19 games with what the team called a contusion to his toe.

Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark (2-3) tied his season high with nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. He was charged with three runs and six hits.

Andrew Stevenson accounted for Washington's other hit, a one-out single in the sixth. Pedro Severino followed with a walk, but Ramos induced a double-play grounder from Rafael Bautista.

Cesar Hernandez opened the game with a single off Roark and Hoskins homered to center on a 3-2 pitch. It was his fifth of the season.

Maikel Franco provided an insurance run when he followed Carlos Santana's one-out triple with a single in the sixth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: RHP Ben Lively (lower back strain) threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session. Lively was placed on the disabled list April 27. ... Manager Gabe Kapler said RHP Pat Neshek (shoulder strain) will throw a bullpen session as the next step in his rehabilitation. Neshek has not appeared in a game this season.

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman was scratched from the lineup due to stiffness in his side, according to manager Dave Martinez. ... RHP Trevor Gott, who sprained an ankle in the sixth inning Friday night, is day to day.

UP NEXT

The winners of the last three NL Cy Young Awards square off when Philadelphia's Jake Arrieta (3-1, 3.49 ERA) opposes Max Scherzer (6-1, 1.79 ERA). Arrieta won the award in 2015 with the Cubs and Scherzer, the National League Pitcher of the Month for April, has claimed the honor each of the last two seasons.

Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.

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Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.