Jabril Trawick, Matt Stainbrook

Xavier’s Matt Stainbrook (40) defends Georgetown’s Jabril Trawick (55) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Big East Conference tournament, Friday, March 13, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The No. 23 nationally ranked Georgetown Hoyas erased a 21-point deficit but still fell just short of a comeback, losing 65-63 to Xavier in the semi-finals of the Big East men’s basketball tournament on March 13 at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y. The Hoyas (21-10 overall record) now await seeding for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, scheduled to begin March 19.

Georgetown trailed by more than 20 points with just nine minutes left in the game,  but the Hoyas were able to cut Xavier’s lead to just two points with less than 30 seconds remaining. However, Xavier made clutch free throws down the stretch and  was able to hold G-town off.

Senior guard Jabril Trawick led all Hoyas with 19 points; freshman forward Isaac Copeland had 15 points and junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 11 for  Georgetown.

Xavier senior center Matt Stainbrook led all scorers with 20 points and nine rebounds.

Xavier (21-13) went on to lose the Big East championship game against Villanova (32-2), 62-59, on March 14.