Taylor Rips Down 19 Boards in 77-66 OT Win
March 7, 2013
CINCINNATI - Seniors Brad Redford, Travis Taylor and Jeff Robinson led the Musketeers to an overtime victory against No. 16/15 Saint Louis late Wednesday night beating the Billikens 77-66. The three seniors accounted for 39 of the team's points. Xavier has won seven-straight and 16 of the last 17 games on senior night.
The Musketeers improve their record to 17-12 and 9-6 in the Atlantic 10. Saint Louis drops to 23-6 overall and 12-3 in conference play. Xavier now holds a 30-14 all-time lead over Saint Louis including wins in nine of the last 11 meetings.
Taylor played his final home game, finishing with 19 points, a career-high 19 rebounds and a career-high six blocked shots. This is Taylor's 10th double-double of the season. Robinson ended with nine points and six rebounds in 24 minutes.
Freshman Semaj Christon tallied game-highs in points (20) and assists (7) to go along with seven rebounds. The last time Christon scored 20 or more points was against George Washington on Jan. 12 when he had 21.
The Musketeers earned their first lead of the game, 25-24, with 18:52 left in the second half after Isaiah Philmore sank both of his free throws. Philmore finished with eight points and a steal in 38 minutes of play.
The Musketeers went on a 10-0 run that lasted 5:42 giving XU the 37-29 advantage with 11:31 left in the half. During the span Saint Louis missed eight-consecutive shots. Redford hit a big 3-point shot at the end of the run to give the Musketeers the eight-point advantage. Redford then hit another long ball with 5:34 remaining in the second half to go up 50-45.
Xavier held a 58-54 lead with 48 seconds left in the second half when Saint Louis' Mike McCall Jr. hit a trey in the right corner to cut the lead to one. After Dee Davis made one of his two free throws to give XU the 59-57 lead, Saint Louis answered with a two-point bucket with 12 seconds to tie the game. Davis' attempt from the key with three seconds left did not fall, forcing the game into overtime.
Xavier struck first in overtime and didn't look back. XU held a 67-62 lead with 1:29 remaining after Redford made both of his free throws. Redford finished with 11 points from 3-of-5 shooting from long range, three rebounds, and a rare block, his fourth of his career. This marked the first time in Redford's career that he has scored in double figures in four-straight games.
The Musketeers finished the game shooting 42.6 percent (23-of-54) from the field while holding Saint Louis to a season-low 30.1 percent (22-of-73). SLU shot 37.5 percent (12-of-32) in the second half and only 9.1 percent (1-of-11) in overtime, while the Musketeers made 54.2 percent (13-of-24) and 50 percent (2-of-4).
Xavier swatted a season-high 10 shots, including two by Justin Martin. The last time Xavier had 10 or more blocks in a game was on Nov. 27, 2010 against Wofford at Cintas Center. Xavier also out rebounded Saint Louis 46-42.
Taylor started off with six of Xavier's first nine points and was able to tie the game 9-all with 12:50 left in the first half on a break-away dunk.
Redford knocked down his first long-range shot of the game with 2:37 to cut the lead to 24-20. However, Xavier was held scoreless for the rest of the half and entered the locker rooms down four. Christon led all scorers with nine points and three assists in the first half.
Kwamain Mitchell had a team-high 17 points and fouled out with four other Billikens. Cody Ellis, SLU's second leading scorer shot 0-for-15 for the game and 0-for-11 from long range.
Xavier concludes the regular season on the road at Butler this Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.