Men's Basketball Team Rallies Late But Comes Up Short Against USC

Semaj Christon led Xavier with 21 points.

Semaj Christon led Xavier with 21 points.

Nov. 30, 2013

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PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS --- The Xavier Musketeers, 5-3, stormed back from a 24-point second-half deficit but fell short on Saturday, losing 84-78 to USC, 5-3, in its final game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Xavier erased an early 18-15 deficit with an 8-0 run to grab the lead at 23-18 with under 10 minutes left in the first half. Senior Isaiah Philmore scored seven of the eight points during the run. But 12 first-half XU turnovers helped USC quickly erase the Musketeer lead and take a 45-34 lead at the half. USC outscored XU 27-11 over the final 9:23 of the first half.

USC took up where it left off at the start of the second half, outscoring XU 18-6 over the first nine minutes, expanding the lead to 23 points at 63-40 with 11 minutes left. The Trojans, who led by 24 points at 68-44 with 8:46 left, still led by 23 points with under four minutes left before XU mounted its furious comeback attempt.

The Musketeers turned up the full-court pressure and came alive offensively, reeling off a 29-11 explosion in less than four minutes led by sophomore Semaj Christon (9 points), senior Matt Stanibrook (8) and freshman Myles Davis (7). The XU defense forced six turnovers during the run. Xavier trailed by only five points, 83-78, when Christon hit a 3-pointer with 22 seconds left. Time ran out for XU, though, as it fell for the third time in three days here at the Battle 4 Atlantis.



Christon led Xavier with 21 points, seven assists and four steals. Myles Davis added a career-high 16 points, while Matt Stainbrook contributed 14 points and six rebounds.

Xavier's next game is next Saturday at Cintas Center against Bowling Green at 2 p.m.