Xavier’s 26 point victory over Miami (OH) on Wednesday night was the largest in the 100-game history between the two schools. But such a large margin of victory didn’t seem to be in the cards given how the first 10 minutes of the game went.
The RedHawks came out running; pushing the tempo and taking advantage of the Musketeers in transition. When Xavier adjusted to the fast pace, Miami (OH) started to pull up, run multiple screens, eventually get an open look and then a bucket. The game was tied at 15 with approximately ten minutes to go in the half.
But the next 30 minutes were all Xavier.
The Musketeers cleaned up their game, played tough defense and displayed their superb athleticism. The RedHawks were never comfortable again and ended up being out-rebounded 42-25.
James Farr, coming off the bench, finished with a double-double (11 points and 11 rebounds) in just 16 minutes of playing time. Talk about maximizing your time on the court.
Dee Davis led Xavier in scoring with 15 points, and also added 5 assists, 3 rebounds and a steal. Semaj Christon finished with 13 points and 8 assists. While Matt Stainbrook, who entered the game averaging a double-double, finished with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks.
When on point and focused, Xavier is a complete team on both ends of the floor. This does not look like a team that will finish 7th in the Big East as the coaches predicted in the preseason poll. The Musketeers are now 4-0 on the season.
Xavier’s next game is on Monday, November 25th against Abilene Christian at home.