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November 9, 2012

Xavier torches nets in season opener

Xavier dominates Farleigh Dickinson in their season opener by the final score 117-75 despite both teams having a short bench.

Xavier saw themselves with a short bench due to injuries and NCAA suspensions. Freshman guard Semaj Christon did not play tonight due to an elbow injury he sustained in practice. Chris Cantino still cannot play because the NCAA has not cleared him yet and Isaiah Philmore served game one of his three game suspension tonight for violating NCAA rules while at Towson.

Farleigh Dickinson suspended four players and kicked off one player a day before the Knights were set to come to Cintas to take the Musketeers. Sekou Harris, Sidney Sanders Jr., Dylan Moody, and Kinu Rochford did not make the trip for FDU because the team suspended them. Senior guard and Cincinnati native Lonnie Hayes was dismissed from the team.

To start the game off both the Musketeers and the Knights traded baskets, which gave Farleigh Dickinson a 13-12 lead with 15:07 left in the first half. The Knights then switched to a 2-3 Zone on defense and Xavier took advantage of it.

Dee Davis knocked down two three pointers early as the Knights continued to play in a zone defense. Brad Redford then hit an and-one three and capped it with a free throw to give the Musketeers a 21-15 lead. This play gave Xavier a big boost in energy and they carried that energy the rest of the game.

After a Farleigh Dickinson timeout at 12:41 in the first half, the Musketeers continued their hot play going on an 8-0 run helped out by a Brad Redford steal, rebound, and three pointer. Brad shot well from behind the arc going 6/7 for tonight's game.

Xavier went on a 19-8 run going into halftime due to the strong play of big men Travis Taylor and Erik Stenger who both had four point scoring runs going into the half. The Musketeers led 68-32 at the half.

Xavier continued their hot play in the second half when they jumped out to a 7-0 run to begin the second half, which was capped off with a Travis Taylor dunk. Taylor would receive a technical foul after the dunk.

Farleigh Dickinson tried making a coming back with a few runs of their own, but Xavier was just to big for the Knights to handle. The Musketeers dominated the glass winning the rebounding battle 41-11, with 12 of Xavier's rebounds being offensive.

Travis Taylor was able to help the Musketeers over the century mark with a basket with 7:41 left in the second half. From that point on Xavier continued to slow the ball down and look inside on their way to a 117-75 victory.

The Musketeers had 7 players score in double figures. Dee Davis led all Musketeers with 22 points, he also had 15 assists as well, which is a new sophomore school record for assists. Travis Taylor finished with 20 points as well as 12 rebounds. These were the only two Musketeers with double doubles. Brad Redford finished with 19 points, Jeff Robinson with 16, James Farr with 14, Erik Stenger with 12 and Justin Martin with 11. Xavier shot well going 70.5% from the field and 85.7% from the free throw line.

Farleigh Dickinson had 4 players in double figures and were led by Mathias Seilund's 20 points and Melquan Bolding's 17 points.

The Musketeers will be back in action this Tuesday November 13 against Butler. Tip-Off will be at 4 P.M. at the Cintas Center as the game will be featured as part of ESPN's 24 Hour College Basketball Marathon.


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