No. 7/8 Xavier Holds off Golden Eagles, 74-66

Wally Ellenson scored a career-best nine points and eight rebounds in 20 minutes.
Jan. 16, 2016

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MILWAUKEE (AP) - Trevon Bluiett had 18 points and No. 7 Xavier rode a 21-0 first-half run to seize control on the way to a 74-66 victory over Marquette on Saturday.

James Farr had 16 points and a career-high 19 rebounds and Edmond Sumner, returning from a concussion, added 15 points for Xavier (16-1, 4-1 Big East).

Freshman Henry Ellenson led Marquette with 20 points while Luke Fischer added 11.

Xavier led by as many as 16 points in the second half but went cold for a stretch, missing 11 of 13 shots at one point.

The cold-shooting Golden Eagles shot a season-low 34.3 percent.

Marquette (12-6, 2-4) got off to strong start, with Fischer scoring the team’s first six points. The Golden Eagles built an early 15-6 lead, with Fischer and Ellenson accounting for a combined 13 points.

Marquette then went ice cold against Xavier’s stifling 1-3-1 zone, going more than 8 minutes without scoring. A 21-0 run over that stretch gave the Musketeers a 32-18 lead.

Postgame Notes:

• This was the 67th meeting all-time between both teams, and with the loss Marquette falls to 47-20 in the series. Xavier has claimed the last four meetings and five of the last six overall.

• MU entered the first media timeout with a 6-4 lead, led by Luke Fischer who scored all six points, and also grabbed two rebounds, both on the offensive end, leading to four second chance points.

• Marquette opened a 12-4 lead, on the strength of a 10-0 run, sparked by Henry Ellenson who had four points during the stretch.

• The Golden Eagles locked down defensively during their run, holding the Musketeers without a field goal for 4:25.

• Xavier answered Marquette’s 10-0 run, with a 21-0 run to take a 32-18 lead. Marquette went 0-for-11 from the field during the stretch that included an 8:05 scoring drought. MU committed four turnovers during XU’s run.

• MU pulled to within seven points on the strength of an 8-1 run late in the first half. However, Xavier was able to recapture a double-digit lead of 38-28 heading into the halftime locker room.

• Both teams struggled from the three-point line in the first half. The Golden Eagles shot 2-of-12 (16.7%) and the Musketeers shot 2-of-10 (20.0%) from long distance.

• Xavier was led in the first half by James Farr, who scored 16 points in 13 minutes off the bench. Farr also grabbed seven boards in the first stanza. Farr led Xavier’s bench, which outscored MU’s bench 27-9 in the first 20 minutes and 38-27 for the game.

• Marquette was led at the break by Henry Ellenson, who tallied 11 points and three rebounds. After scoring MU’s first six points, Luke Fischer was held scoreless for the rest of the half due to foul trouble, which included the junior center picking up his third foul with 5:14 remaining in the first half.

• MU pulled to within seven in the first minutes of the second half before Xavier used an 11-2 run to build a 52-36 lead, forcing Marquette to call timeout. The Golden Eagles shot 1-of-6 during the Xavier run.

• Xavier and Marquette both entered the bonus with over 12 minutes remaining in the second half. From that point forward, XU shot 10-of-15 and MU went 6-of-10 from the charity stripe.

• After MU cuts its deficit to single-digits, Xavier’s Myles Davis knocked down a long three-point attempt, stopping Marquette’s run and momentum. Just over a minute later Davis would follow with another momentum-killing trey.

• Xavier was led in the game by Trevon Bluiett who notched 18 points and added five boards. James Farr finished the contest with 16 points and 19 rebounds. Farr’s 19 boards set a new career-high, and his 16 points fell just two points shy of a career mark.

• Marquette was led by Henry Ellenson, who tallied 20 points in the contest and also added seven boards. Wally Ellenson recorded a career-highs with nine points, eight rebounds and 20 minutes off the bench.

• MU set a season-high with 14,864 spectators in attendance at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.




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