Xavier Drops Close Contest To VCU, 75-71

Brad Redford knocked down five three-pointers against VCU on Saturday afternoon.

Brad Redford knocked down five three-pointers against VCU on Saturday afternoon.

Feb. 23, 2013

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CINCINNATI - Xavier (15-11, 8-5 A-10) was unable to withstand a second-half charge from VCU (22-6, 10-3) and dropped a close contest, 75-71. Brad Redford and Dee Davis led five Musketeers in double-digits with 15 points, apiece.

Xavier received baskets from Travis Taylor and Semaj Christon at the start of the second half to build a 17-point margin, which VCU erased with a 22-5 run to tie the score at 48 with 12:18 remaining.

The next seven minutes of the game was a back-and-forth affair, with seven lead changes and three ties before the Rams grabbed the lead for good with 4:41 left on a pair of free throws by Briante Weber. Xavier twice got the lead down to two points, but was unable to regain the lead.

Davis bumped heads with one of the Rams and was forced to leave the game, sitting the final 13:35. His ability to handle VCU's pressure was missed, as the Musketeers committed a season-high 22 turnovers leading to 23 points for the Rams.

Xavier finished the game shooting 55 percent (23-of-42) and 44 percent (8-of-18) from three-point territory. VCU connected on 42 percent (27-of-65) of its shots and just 28 percent (8-of-28) from three.

Semaj Christon, Justin Martin and Isaiah Philmore each tallied 11 points for the Musketeers. Christon also dished out seven assists and Martin grabbed eight boards. Travis Taylor hauled in a game-high-tying nine rebounds.

Led by Davis' 13 first-half points, Xavier took a 39-26 lead into the break. The Musketeers shot a blistering 74 percent (14-of-19) from the floor, which included 11-of-12 from inside three-point range. XU's first-half shooting was a season-high for any half, surpassing the 71 percent Xavier made against Fairleigh Dickinson. Sensational team defense by XU limited VCU to just 30 percent (10-of-33) shooting and a paltry 12 percent (2-for-17) from long range.

Troy Daniels scored a game-high 19 points to lead VCU. The Rams also received 18 points from Rob Brandenberg and 17 from Treveon Graham. Juvonte Reddic added 10 points and nine rebounds on the afternoon.

Xavier wore throwback jerseys from the 1986-87 season, commemorating Xavier's first NCAA tournament victory.

Xavier plays host to No. 19/21 Memphis at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Cintas Center. The Tigers are 24-3 on the season and have won 18-straight contests.