Xavier was able to hold on for a major victory at Seton Hall, 70-69 Wednesday. Naji Marshall’s 28 points led the way for XU (14-13, 6-8, 117th). Tyrique Jones was menacing, mainly in the first half. He finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double. The Pirates (16-10, 7-7, 65th) were led by Myles Cale’s 21 points. Despite, a 16-point lead with under six minutes to play, Xavier allowed Seton Hall to come back. The Pirates had a good chance at winning but missed buzzer-beating shot. The Musketeers will continue with a tough matchup at home versus Villanova (20-7, 11-3, 22nd) Sunday at 1:30 PM. TV: CBS Radio: 550 WKRC
Naji Marshall’s 28 points led all scorers (The Enquirer).
Xavier was able to come back and hold on to a one point lead to win 70-69 over Butler Sunday. The Musketeers (11-7, 3-2, 74th) were led by Paul Scruggs’ 24 points and Naji Marshall’s 14. Xavier seemed to struggle throughout the game as Butler held a double-digit lead at one time before making late rally. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs (10-7, 1-3, 71st) were led by Kamar Baldwin who scored 14 points. Xavier hopes to continue its winning streak when it faces heavily-favored Villanova (13-4, 4-0, 18th) Friday at 8:30 p.m. in The Pavilion (Philadelphia). TV: FS1 Radio: 700 WLW
Xavier celebrates a one point victory over Butler Sunday afternoon (Elgazzar)
It took overtime, but Cincinnati defeated Tulsa 80-75 at the Reynolds Center in Tulsa, OK. Cincy (13-3, 2-1, 33rd) travelled to Tulsa to play the Golden Hurricane (11-5, 1-2, 83rd) Thursday night. The Bearcats came to Oklahoma following a major upset loss to East Carolina on the road. To make matters worse, many UC players were suffering from flu-like symptoms. Despite these issues, the Cats played with intensity and beat a team in the top 100 who had not lost a home contest in 15 games. UC’s Cane Broome led with 16 points (off the bench). Jarron Cumberland, and Keith Williams each had 14 points to help counter Tulsa and Daquan Jeffries’ 14 points. Cincinnati plays Connecticut (10-6, 1-2, 98th) at home in Fifth Third Arena Saturday night at 8 PM. TV: ESPN2 Radio: 700 WLW
Cane Broome led UC with 16 points although he did not start the game. He tied the game with a basket as time expired in regulation. (UC Athletics via AP)