CINCINNATTI, OHIO (LEARFIELD-WSAU) The Marquette men's basketball team gave up 80 points for the first time this season, as Xavier beat the Golden Eagles 86-to-79 last night in Cincinnati.
The Musketeers never trailed in the second half, as they improved to 11-and-0 at home. Marquette came back from 12 points down to tie the game with just under eight minutes left, but Semaj Christon hit a pair of three-pointers to put the Musketeers in front for good. Xavier capped off its victory by making seven free throws in the final 44 seconds.
Christon scored a career-high 28 points, as Xavier improved to 3-and-0 in the Big East and 13-and-3 overall. The Musketeers controlled the boards 39-to-20. They made 32-of-41 from the free-throw line -- and they didn't look tired, after six players were forced out of their dorm rooms early yesterday morning due to a broken water pipe.
Marquette hit a season-high 11 shots from beyond-the-arc. Davante Gardner led the Eagles with 19, as they dropped to 1-and-2 in conference play and 9-and-7 overall. They'll host Seton Hall tomorrow.