Musketeers Dominate in Season Opener with 117-75 Win Versus Fairleigh Dickinson
Nov. 9, 2012
CINCINNATI - The Xavier Musketeer men's basketball team won the season opener Friday night at Cintas Center convincingly 117-75. Sophomore guard Dee Davis earned his first career double-double with 22 points and 15 assists. Seven Musketeers finished with double figure points. The last time seven Musketeers had double figure points was January 3, 2008 against Virginia at Cintas Center.
Davis set a school record with the most assists as a sophomore and came three assists shy of the school record. Davis is tied with three other Musketeers for the second most assists in a game. Davis shot 8-of-11 from the field and 5-of-7 from behind the arc. Davis' 22 points was a new career-high, his previous mark was against Oral Roberts December 18, 2011 when he scored 11.
Brad Redford set new career-high in points and three-pointers. Redford finished with 19 points and shot 6-of-7 from behind the arc. Travis Taylor completed his double-double with a career-high 20 points and tied a career-high 12 rebounds. Taylor fired 7-of-9 from the field including 6-of-7 from the charity stripe.
Senior Jeff Robinson tallied 16 points and seven boards while Erik Stenger added 12 points and was perfect from the field shooting 6-of-6. In his first collegiate game, freshman James Farr scored 14 points from 6-of-7 shooting from the field. Justin Martin was the seventh member in double figures with 11 points and corralled six boards.
The Musketeers dominated in all aspects of the game as they out-rebounded the Knights 41-11. XU outscored FDU 48-14 in the paint and 23-0 in fast break points. Davis finished with more assists than the entire FDU team, as they only had 13.
After only making one three-point attempt in their exhibition, the Musketeers drained 13-of-21 of their attempts against the Knights. XU shot 70.5 percent for the game (43-of-61) from the field while FDU was held to 42.1 percent (24-of-57) from the field.
At half Xavier led Farleigh Dickinson 68-32. Davis finished the half with 14 points and 12 assists.
The last time Xavier scored 50 or more points in the first half was against La Salle at Cintas Center on February 22, 2011 when it totaled 52. This was also the highest first half point total since January 9, 1988 against Florida International when the Musketeers went on to score 72. XU finished that game with a school record 125 points.
Davis controlled the Musketeers for all 20 minutes in the first half while managing to only turn the ball over two times. Redford was 4-of-5 from long range and ended the first half with 13 points.
XU shot lights out in the first half as it shot 70.6 percent (24-of-34) from the field compared to FDU 33.3 percent (10-of-30) from the field. XU made nine of its 16 three-pointers in the first half while holding FDU 5-of-13 from long range.
Xavier distributed the ball very well to begin the game as four players had four or more points at the 13 minute mark. The Musketeers had seven assists to that point, led by Davis who had five dimes. Redford was able to complete an old fashioned four-point play as he hit a deep three in the left wing, while getting fouled, and hit his free throw attempt.
The Musketeers expanded its lead to 35-17 with 9:57 left in the first half after Redford hit two more threes. XU gained its lead due to a 14-0 run stretching for 3:06. During that span the Knights shot 0-for-6 from the field including 0-for-4 from behind the arc.
Lonnie Robinson of Farleigh Dickinson led the team with 20 points off of 6-of-13 shooting from the field.
The Musketeers face off against Butler Tuesday, November 13 at Cintas Center at 4:00 pm. The game will be aired on ESPN and 700 WLW. Stay tuned to GoXavier.com for the latest news and updates of men's basketball.