Xavier topped in-town rival Cincinnati 64-47 in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout. On the back of Justin Martin’s season high 17 points and some sharp shooting from three point land.
This year marked the second year the Crosstown Classic was held on the neutral floor of US Bank Arena. This year Xavier was considered the home team and last night, Xavier played like they did own the place.
The Musketeers quickly jumped out to an early 11-4 lead on a trio of three pointers from Dee Davis, Martin & James Farr. A story line that would continue throughout the basketball game. Xavier would go on to shoot 68% (11-16) from three point range for the entire game. A stat most Musketeer fans haven’t seen since the Tu Holloway, Mark Lyons days.
Xavier used it’s hot shooting for a 41-25 halftime edge. A lead they were able to build with their All-American candidate Semaj Christon on the bench for most of the half with 2 fouls.
The Bearcats tried to close the gap all night long but each time a rallied started to build for Cronin’s ‘Cats, Xavier sunk it with a shot from deep. UC did get as close as 13 with 13 minutes left to play but Xavier then ran off 11 straight points with the help of a three pointer from Freshman Brandon Randolph, and a pair of three’s at the top of the key from Christon.
Xavier only had two players in double figures last night, Martin (17), Farr (10) but a very balanced attack proved to be too much for the Bearcats, as 7 Musketeers scored at least 5 points.
The Musketeers dominated on the glass. Holding a decisive 33-20 edge over the Bearcats. Led by 6-10 Junior Matt Stainbrook’s 11 boards.
Senior Sean Kilpatrick led the Bearcats with 17 points on 4-9 shooting from the field and 8-12 at the free throw line.
The one scary stat line for the night, was the 20 turnovers Xavier committed . Most of which were due to the lack of floor spacing by the Musketeer offense in the first half.
Xavier improved to 8-3, while the Bearcats dropped to 7-2
Xavier’s next game is against (5-4) Alabama next Saturday, Dec.21 in Tuscaloosa.
Player of the Game – JUSTIN MARTIN 17 pts, 5-9 fg, 3-5 3pt, 5 reb, 2 ast.
Martin finally had the breakthrough game Coach Mack and all Musketeer fans had been waiting for. The Junior has seen his minutes dwindling due to the lack of production as of late, as he had only been shooting 37% from the field heading into last nights game. Including a shaky 30% from beyond the arc.
Stats from: ESPN.com
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