Justin Martin led Xavier with 20 points on Saturday afternoon.
Feb. 15, 2014
MILWAUKEE - Justin Martin scored a game-high 20 points, but 19 Musketeer turnovers proved costly in an 81-72 loss at Marquette. Martin was an efficient 6-for-11 from the floor and 6-for-7 at the line to lead Xavier.
Xavier (17-8, 7-5 BIG EAST) had trouble hanging on to the ball for most of the game. The 19 turnovers led to 27 points for Marquette (15-10, 7-5 BIG EAST). The Golden Eagles turned the ball over just five times in the contest, which led to nine points for the Musketeers.
Despite the miscues, XU had its opportunities. After MU built a 13-point lead with 7:31 left, Martin's three capped a 15-6 Xavier run to pull within four, 75-71. The Musketeers had a chance to cut the deficit to two when Isaiah Philmore wound up with a loose ball underneath the basket, but Philmore missed the shot with players on the ground by his feet and was then whistled for a foul on the rebound attempt.
The Golden Eagles stretched the lead to its final margin, 81-72, after converting their free throws down the stretch.
Xavier outshot Marquette, 54 percent (26-of-48) to 46 percent (24-of-52), and decisively outrebounded the Eagles, 32-20. However, MU went 9-of-18 from beyond the arc and 24-of-27 from the charity stripe. XU was 5-of-12 from three and 15-of-21 from the line.
Myles Davis and Matt Stainbrook each added 12 points. Davis connected on four baskets, including a pair of treys, in 19 minutes. Stainbrook knocked down six of his seven attempts in the game. Leading scorer Semaj Christon was limited to 10 points, but the sophomore guard also handed out six assists.
XU's 11 first-half turnovers led to a 39-29 deficit at the break. MU converted the miscues into 12 points in the opening frame. By comparison, the Golden Eagles turned the ball over just three times that led to six points for the Musketeers.
Following its two-game road trip, Xavier returns home to Cintas Center for a Wednesday evening match-up with DePaul. The game will begin at 7 p.m. and is being carried on CBS Sports Net. Xavier won the first meeting between the two schools, 84-74, when the two teams squared off in Chicago on Jan. 20.