Xavier Downs Dukes, 86-50
Jan. 28, 2010
CINCINNATI - Jordan Crawford and Jason Love scored 17 points each to lead five players in double figures as Xavier (14-6, 6-1) extended its home winning streak to 20 games with a wire-to-wire 86-50 win over visiting Duquesne (10-10, 1-5).
Kenny Frease added 13 points and 12 rebounds as the Musketeers extended their Atlantic 10 home win streak to 28 games - the second-longest streak in conference history.
Duquesne, which went 4-of-24 from 3-point arc, shot 32.8 percent for the game. Xavier shot a DU opponent-best 53.3 percent in posting the highest point total against the Dukes this season.
"We didn't focus and do the things we needed to do tonight," said Duquesne head coach Ron Everhart. "Our defensive effort and our rebounding effort was unacceptable."
Xavier outrebounded the Dukes 47-26.
The Musketeers held DU to two points in the game's first seven-plus minutes in building a 10-point lead. Duquesne briefly cut it to 14-8 on a Bolding layup at the 11:47 mark, before Xavier mounted a 29-15 run to take a 43-23 lead at the half.
The 36-point final margin was Xavier's largest lead of the game.
"We were flat early, and against these guys you have to make shots because they control the interior so well," said Everhart of the Musketeers who outscored the Dukes 46-24 in the paint.
Duquesne hosts Saint Joseph's (8-12, 2-4) in a CBS College Sports syndicated game on Sunday at 4:00 p.m.
Damian Saunders, who entered the game tied for the national lead with 15 double-doubles finished with six points, eight rebounds, four steals and two blocks.
DU, which assisted on nine of 19 field goals, turned it over 15 times ... Xavier finished with 20 assists on 32 field goals with 11 turnovers.
Xavier is now 66-10 in A-10 home games at the Cintas Center ... The Musketeers 28 consecutive home conference wins are the most since Temple's conference record streak of 34 was ended in 1991.