With 28 points against Seton Hall, Semaj Christon matched his career-high.
March 3, 2014
NEWARK, N.J. - Semaj Christon had a big second-half on the offensive end, but Xavier couldn't overcome a poor shooting effort both in the first half and from three-point territory in a 71-62 loss at Seton Hall.
After tallying just four points in the opening half, Christon poured in 24 second-half points. The sophomore guard went 9-of-17 from the floor and 9-of-11 from the charity stripe. Christon's 28-point effort matches his career-high, which he set on Jan. 9 in Xavier's win over Marquette.
Xavier (20-10, 10-7 BIG EAST) had won its last two games and five of the last seven entering the game, while Seton Hall (15-15, 6-11 BIG EAST) was just 1-6 through its last seven.
XU finished the contest 20-of-54 (37 percent) from the floor, including 3-of-22 (14 percent) from long range. SHU closed the game shooting 23-of-49 (47 percent) and 8-of-21 (38 percent) from three-point territory.
Led by Christon, Xavier made an early charge in the second half to cut a 12-point halftime deficit to just five points, 37-32. Christon scored 11 points in the midst of a 12-5 run to open the frame.
Xavier could never quite get over the hump though and the Seton Hall margin fluctuated between five points and double-digits throughout the remainder of the game.
The Pirates pushed their lead back to double-figures, 57-44, only to see the Musketeers score eight-unanswered to pull back within five. A 10-4 run by SHU extended the lead back to double-digits, 67-56, and XU couldn't surmount the lead.
A rough shooting first half led to a 32-20 deficit for the Musketeers. XU made only 30 percent (8-of-27) of its field-goal attempts in the frame, compared to 44 percent (10-of-23) for SHU. Xavier committed two fewer turnovers than Seton Hall, 7-5, but was severely outrebounded, 22-13.
Brian Oliver led the Pirates with 20 points, while both Fuquan Edwin and Eugene Teague finished with 17.
Xavier closes its regular season on Thursday night at home in a 7 p.m. clash with No. 6 Villanova, XU's second game in the last week against a team ranked in the top 10. The Musketeers knocked off No. 9 Creighton, 75-69, at Cintas Center on Saturday.