March 7, 2013
XAVIER UNIVERSITY MUSKETEERS (17-12, 9-6 A-10) v. SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY BILLIKENS (23-6, 12-3)
Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at 9 p.m., at Cintas Center
Xavier defeated the Saint Louis Billikens tonight 77-66 in overtime on Senior Night, snapping the Billikens' 11-game win streak. XU also snapped Memphis's 18-game winning streak on February 26. The Musketeers have won their last seven games on Senior Day or Senior Night.
This season Xavier has defeated two teams ranked in the Top 25, namely Memphis on February 26 and Saint Louis tonight. It is the fifth time in school history that Xavier has beaten two Top 25 teams during the regular season.
Xavier's Semaj Christon scored 20 points to lead all scorers. Christon also made two three-pointers, both in the first half. He hadn't hit a three-pointer since the victory at Duquesne on February 9 and tonight was the first time he has made more than one in a game while at Xavier. He also contributed seven assists.
Travis Taylor recorded his 10th double-double of the season, with 19 points and 19 rebounds. His 19 boards set a career high; he grabbed 17 against Rhode Island on February 20, 2013. Taylor also blocked six shots, setting his NCAA career high and the most by a Musketeer this season.
The last time a Xavier played pulled down 19 rebounds came on January 25, 2003, when David West had 19 against Fordham.
Brad Redford added 11 points. He has scored in double figures four straight games, for the first time in his college career.
Xavier's ten blocked shots were its highest total since the Wofford game on November 27, 2010.
Xavier's 20 points in the first half were the second fewest it has scored in any half this season, the fewest (18) coming in the first half in the victory over Kent State on December 9.
Dwayne Evans narrowly missed a double-double for Saint Louis, with 17 points and nine rebounds.
The Billikens' 24 points in the first half were the second fewest they have scored in any half this season, having scored just 23 in the first half of their win at Richmond on February 9.
Saint Louis shot just 30.1% from the field, its lowest percentage of the season. The Billikens shot 34.6% against Kansas on November 20, their previous low. Their 23.3% in the second half (counting the overtime period where they shot one for 11) was their worst shooting half of the season.
Saint Louis recorded only seven assists, the fewest of any game this season. Its prior low was eight against Richmond on February 9.
Trailing 24-17 with 2:57 left in the first half, Xavier scored the next eight points to take its first lead, 25-24, with 18:52 to go in the second half. Travis Taylor and Brad Redford each scored three for Xavier during the run.
With tonight's win the Musketeers sport a 173-25 record (.873) over their 13 seasons at Cintas Center, with a 91-13 record (.875) in Atlantic 10 conference games.