Dec. 9, 2012
XAVIER UNIVERSITY MUSKETEERS v. KENT STATE UNIVERSITY GOLDEN FLASHES
Sunday afternoon, December 9, 2012, 4:00 PM
Xavier defeated Kent State 62-55. Semaj Christon led the Musketeers in scoring with 18 points. Christon has led Xavier in scoring in five of its nine games.
Brad Redford scored 14 points off the bench, with four three-pointers, for his highest total since he scored 19 against Fairleigh-Dickinson in the season-opener.
Erik Stenger pulled down five rebounds off the bench, marking a Xavier career high. He also added six points, his second-highest total as a Musketeer, and blocked two shots, the most he has blocked in a game for Xavier.
Travis Taylor led Xavier in rebounds with nine, the fifth time as the team’s leading rebounder. Taylor leads the team in rebounding with 6.4 per game.
Walk-on junior guard Landen Amos logged a career-high 13 minutes.
Kent State started the game with a run to go up 9-0 at the 16:17 mark. Chris Evans led the Golden Flashes with five points, on a three-pointer and an alley-oop dunk.
Trailing 9-0 with 16:17 remaining in the first half, Xavier went on a 10-2 run to cut the lead to 11-10 with 11:29 remaining in the first half. Dee Davis and Brad Redford each contributed a three-point jumper.
With the score knotted at 33 with 11:41 to go in the second half, Xavier went on a 12-0 run to take a 45-33 lead with 8:49 remaining. Dee Davis led the Musketeers with five points during the run.
Behind 49-37 with 5:57 to go in the game, the Golden Flashes went on a 7-0 run behind Melvin Tabb’s five points. The run cut the Musketeer lead to 49-44 with 4:10 remaining.
With today’s win Xavier has won seven in a row against Kent State and now leads the all-time series with the Golden Flashes, 13-4. Xavier has won ten of its last 11 games against teams from the Mid-American Conference, to which Kent State belongs.
Today’s win gives the Musketeers a 166-22 record (.883) in its 13th season at Cintas Center. Xavier has fashioned a record of 86-11 (.887) against non-conference opponents at Cintas Center.
Xavier is now 4-1 when trailing at halftime.
Xavier’s shooting percentage today, 39.6%, is its lowest of the season.
Xavier held Kent State to 32.3% shooting from the field, the lowest any Xavier opponent has shot this season.
Xavier’s first-half total of 18 points was its lowest total in any half this season. Kent State’s 20 first-half points were the fewest points in a half by any Xavier opponent this season since Butler scored 18 in the second half of the November 13 game, won by Xavier 62-47.
Xavier’s 20.8% shooting percentage in the first half was its lowest in any half this season, and Kent State’s 30.8% was the lowest shooting percentage to which the Musketeers have held an opponent in any half since Butler’s 25% on November 13.
Xavier next plays Wednesday night, December 19, at 7PM at U.S. Bank Arena, against the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Classic.