Xavier won its fifth consecutive game Thursday night at St. John’s 84-73. Naji Marshall again led the Musketeers (16-13, 8-8, 93rd) with 31 points, a career-high. Quentin Goodin added 13 points for Xavier, while Zach Hankins (11) and Tyrique Jones (11/10) also contributed. LJ Figueroa scored 23 points and Shamorie Ponds had 13 points and six assists for the Red Storm (20-9, 8-8, 44th). The victory is one of the strongest this season, and the best road victory thus far for Xavier. Once in last place, Xavier is now tied for third place in the Big East.The Muskies’ will visit Butler (15-13, 6-9, 90th) Tuesday at 6:00 PM. TV: FS1 Radio: 700 WLW
Naji Marshall (13) scored a career-high 31 points (Ny Post/Sipkin).
Villanova continued to dominate Xavier on the basketball court, beating Xavier 85-75 in Philadelphia. The Wildcats (14-4, 5-0, 16th) have won six straight as Phil Booth scored 22 points. Collin Gillespie has 18 points, and Eric Paschall added 17. The Musketeers were coming off of wins over Georgetown and Butler. XU (11-8, 3-3, 85th) was led Tyrique Jones’ double-double. He scored 21 points and had 12 rebounds. Naji Marshall scored 15 of his own. Villanova has won 10 out of 11 meetings over Xavier since becoming Big East companions. The Muskies’ will return home to play Providence (11-6, 1-3, 78th) Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. TV: FS1 Radio: 700 WLW
Phil Booth (5) led Villanova with 22 points in an 85-75 win over Xavier. (Charles Fox)
Xavier was able to overcome an early 17 point deficit to beat Georgetown 81-75, Wednesday night. The home victory was simply the best game of the season for the Musketeers. They improve to 10-7 (2-2) and 88th in the RealTimeRPI Power Ratings. Meanwhile the Hoyas fell to 11-5 (1-2) and 87th in the RTR PR. The Muskies needed a quality victory and finally got one thanks to Zach Hankins and 23 points and 10 rebounds for XU. Also, Tyrique Jones had a double-double as well. His 19 points and 10 rebounds helped X maintain the lead over GU. The Musketeers will play Butler (10-6, 1-2, 53rd) at home Sunday at noon. TV: CBS Sports Network Radio: 700 WLW
Xavier celebrated an 81-75 victory over Georgetown (Elgazzar)