Musketeers Fall Short In Crosstown Classic

Travis Taylor scored a team-high 12 points in the Crosstown Classic.

Travis Taylor scored a team-high 12 points in the Crosstown Classic.

Dec. 19, 2012

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CINCINNATI - The Xavier Musketeers slipped to 7-3 after No. 11/11 Cincinnati denied an upset bid by opening the second half with a decisive 17-4 run that powered the Bearcats to an 11-0 mark and a 60-45 victory in the 80th Skyline Chili Crosstown Classic in front of a spirited crowd at U.S. Bank Arena.

Senior Forward Travis Taylor notched his second double-double of the season by leading the Musketeers with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Xavier closed out the game shooting 38 percent (20-of-53) from the floor, 15 percent (2-of-13) from 3-point range and 21 percent (3-of-14) from the free throw line.

Junior forward Isaiah Philmore was the Musketeers second-leading scorer with eight points, sophomore guard Dee Davis tallied seven points while senior guard Brad Redford, senior forward Jeff Robinson and freshman guard Semaj Christon each tossed in six points.

Trailing 24-22 after being held to just 25 percent (9-of-36) shooting from the floor in the first half, the Bearcats dialed up a disruptive-defensive effort that forced four Xavier turnovers and helped junior guard Sean Kilpatrick put his team up 37-28 after scoring nine of his game-best 25 points in the first 6:47 of the second stanza.

Cincinnati led by 13 with 10:12 remaining, but the Musketeers mounted a 10-5 run through next 3:48 to cut the Bearcat advantage to 48-40. Philmore sparked the spurt with four points while Davis, Robinson and Taylor each scored a pair.

Kilpatrick shut the door on the Musketeers hopes by connecting on his second 3-point bucket of the game with 6:12 remaining and Cincinnati closed out the contest with solid free throw shooting form senior guards Cashmere Wright and JaQuon Parker.

Xavier dictated the first half pace with solid defense and took a 24-22 halftime lead behind a hard fought eight points from Taylor. Christon contributed six points and Davis knocked in five.

The Musketeers tallied nine points off 11 Cincinnati turnovers while holding the Bearcats to 25 percent shooting from the floor and a scant 18 percent (2-of-11) from 3-point range. Xavier countered by shooting 39 percent (11-of-28) from the floor and 33 percent (2-of-6) from 3-point range while outscoring the Bearcats 16-10 in the paint.

Redford capped a 6-0 Xavier run that spanned 2:08 and gave the Musketeers their largest lead of the stanza at 16-11 by connecting on a long-range 3-pointer from the left point with 10:55 to go. Cincinnati's Ge'Lawn Guyn connected on a jumper that narrowed the Bearcat gap to one with 3:18 left, but the Musketeers closed out with a 4-2 run.

Xavier returns to Cintas Center Saturday to take on the Wofford Terriers at 2 p.m.