Xavier Snaps Creighton's Home Court Win Streak
OMAHA, NE --- The Xavier Musketeers, 7-3, won their second game in less two days as they won 72-65 at Creighton, snapping the Blue Jays’ 20-game home court winning streak, which was the seventh-longest active streak in NCAA Division I. Creighton fell to 5-4 with the loss.
“This was a big win for us,” said Xavier head coach Thad Matta. “They just don’t lose at this place. We knew it would be a battle. Creighton is very hard to guard. Our guys showed a lot of character out there today.”
Today’s win was even more impressive when you consider that foul trouble only allowed All-America candidate David West, a 6-9 junior forward, to play seven minutes and score two points in the first half. Kevin Frey, 6-8 senior forward, scored 13 of his game-high and personal season-high 22 points in the first half to help XU to a 37-33 lead.
Xavier needed plenty of first half help from Frey and its bench as Xavier’s top two scorers, West and 6-5 sophomore guard Romain Sato, played just seven and nine minutes respectively in the first half due to foul trouble. Xavier got big boosts from the trio of 6-3 senior guard Alvin Brown, 6-5 freshman guard/forward Keith Jackson and 6-10 freshman forward Anthony Coleman.
“Kevin Frey really stepped up when David and Romain went out,” said Matta. “Alvin, Keith and Anthony gave us some key minutes off the bench.”
Xavier trailed 57-55 with 8:53 left but outscored the home team 17-8 down the stretch, including 11 from West. West dominated in the second half, especially down the stretch at crunch time, on his way to 16 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in the second half alone. West finished with 18 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, three blocks and a steal.
In addition, West moved up three places on XU’s all-time scoring list to 27th with 1,102 career points. West moved up a couple spots on the all-time rebound list as well with 723 career rebounds, which is good for 11th and just seven shy of the XU “Top 10.”
Xavier will take a few days off for Christmas before preparing for its next game, a 7:00 p.m. clash with Siena on New Year’s Eve at Cintas Center. There are still about 600 tickets left for the Siena game on December 31. All of the other 13 XU home games are sold out.