Feb. 17, 2010
CINCINNATI, OHIO - Xavier (18-7; 9-2 A-10) placed four players in double figures as it rolled to an 88-52 win over Saint Joseph's (9-17; 3-9) at the Cintas Center. It was the Musketeers' 22nd consecutive win on their homecourt.
Garrett Williamson was the only Hawk in double figures with 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting.
Xavier jumped out to a 7-0 start and had a double-digit lead by the 16-minute mark. The Hawks forced Xavier into 11 first-half turnovers and did come within, 20-15, on five consecutive points from Chris Prescott. But then the Musketeers used a 9-2 run over the next three minutes to build the lead back up to 33-19 and then eventually, 40-28, at halftime.
In the first half, Xavier shot 50 percent to 33 percent by Saint Joseph's and held a commanding 29-6 advantage in rebounding.
The second half was more of the same as Xavier shot 60.6 percent from the field and led by 20-plus points for all but five minutes of the half. Saint Joseph's shot 34.5 percent from the floor but was 0-for-8 from 3-point range.
The Musketeers finished the game with a dominating 53-17 rebounding edge over the Hawks, which rank at the bottom of the league in that category.
"I thought this was the toughest spot for us all season when you look at the setting. This was the most difficult setting we'd face. And then you start out down 7-0 and all the doubt creeps in with this very fragile group. It was a tough setting against a really good team," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli.
"We do leave having turned them over 19 times and most of that was against our zone. We'll use that as we try to scratch out a few more wins in these final games."
Jordan Crawford had 20 points, Jason Love had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Mark Lyons had a career-high 19 points for Xavier. Jamel McLean chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds.
Saint Joseph's, which is still winless on the road in the A-10 this year, returns home to host city rival Temple on Saturday at The Palestra in a noon game.