- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 20, 2008

Down 11 points early in the second half, Xavier used a 15-2 run and excellent free-throw shooting to defeat Georgia 73-61 today in an NCAA tournament first-round game at Verizon Center.

The third-seeded Musketeers (28-6) advance to Saturday’s second round against the Baylor-Purdue winner.

Josh Duncan led Xavier with 20 points, including 11 of 14 from the free throw line.

The Musketeers went 27 of 33 from the stripe, including 25 of 29 in the second half. Georgia was only 3 of 5.

Georgia (17-17) made the tournament by winning the SEC championship on Sunday and the Bulldogs looked in good shape early in the second half. They led by 41-30 with 17 minutes, 22 seconds remaining.

Xavier went to work when the deficit was 10 points (46-36) and really got going when it trailed 49-42 with 9:52 left.

Two C.J. Anderson free throws ignited a 12-0 run. Following a Georgia bucket, two Duncan free throws and a steal-and-three-point play by Derrick Brown 26 seconds apart made it 59-51.

The Bulldogs would get as close as three points (64-61) with 1:34 remaining.

Terrence Woodbury led the Dawgs with 16 points. Sundiata Gaines added 13 points.

Early in the game, Georgia used an 11-3 run to take the lead. Up 25-24 following a 3-pointer by Xavier’s Brown, Georgia finished the first half with a 10-2 run to lead 35-26. Five different players scored during the stretch.

Woodbury scored 10 first-half points for the Bulldogs, who shot 53.3 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes.

Xavier shot only 34.5 percent (10 for 29), including 4 of 11 from 3-point range.

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