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Xavier 80, Marquette 76

(AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

By JEFF WALLNER
Associated Press

CINCINNATI - Souley Boum and Jack Nunge each scored 16 points and No. 12 Xavier won its 11th straight game with a 80-76 victory over No. 25 Marquette.

The final few seconds were close, with Olivier-Maxence Prosper making a jumper to cut Xavier's lead to 78-76 with 8 seconds left. Boum then hit two free throws to seal the victory as the Musketeers went 6 for 6 from the line in the final 28 seconds.

Six players scored in double figures for Xavier (15-3, 7-0 Big East), which is off to its best start ever in Big East play. The Musketeers' winning streak is their longest since starting the 2015-16 season 12-0. Nunge had 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double this season and second straight.

Tyler Kolek scored 25 points and Oso Ighodaro had 14 for Marquette (14-5, 6-2 Big East), which snapped a five-game winning streak. Kolek who averages eight assists per game, dished out seven.

After a wild first half that saw a 92 combined points scored, the second half was a grind.

The Musketeers had no answer in the first half for Kolek, who had 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting and four assists. Marquette led 48-44 at halftime.

The defenses and perhaps some fatigue showed up late in the second half with both teams going scoreless for more than six minutes. A steal and dunk by Marquette guard Chase Ross tied the score 68-68 with 3:31 remaining. But Boum answered with a 3-pointer to put the Musketeers ahead to set up a frantic finish.

BIG PICTURE

Marquette: The Golden Eagles have been outrebounded 11 times this season and struggled to handle the 7-foot Nunge, ending up getting beat on the boards 45-32 on Sunday and giving up 17 second-chance points to Xavier.

Xavier: The Musketeers struggled on defense again, allowing 48 points in the first half Sunday - the 16th time it has allowed 40 or more in a half this season.

January 15, 2023


Marquette
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
O. Ighodaro F 30 7-8 0-0 0-0 4-8 2 2 1 1 4 14
O. Prosper F 30 4-9 2-2 0-2 2-4 1 0 1 0 2 10
T. Kolek G 38 11-18 1-3 2-7 1-4 7 1 1 3 2 25
K. Jones G 35 5-14 0-0 2-9 0-2 5 0 2 0 0 12
S. Mitchell G 24 0-2 2-2 0-0 1-4 3 0 2 0 2 2
D. Joplin   20 3-8 3-4 2-5 0-3 3 1 0 1 2 11
C. Ross   14 1-3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 1 1 2 2
S. Jones   7 0-3 0-0 0-1 0-1 0 0 0 0 2 0
B. Gold   3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 2 0 1 1 0
Totals   201 31-65
(.477)
8-11
(.727)
6-24
(.250)
9-32 21 6 8 7 17 76


Xavier
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Nunge F 32 5-9 6-9 0-0 8-13 1 3 2 2 2 16
Z. Freemantle F 23 5-9 0-0 0-0 1-8 1 0 0 0 2 10
S. Boum G 36 5-15 4-4 2-8 1-6 5 0 1 1 0 16
C. Jones G 35 6-14 0-1 1-3 4-8 5 2 1 3 3 13
A. Kunkel G 32 4-10 2-2 2-7 0-4 4 0 0 2 2 12
J. Hunter   22 5-8 1-1 0-0 2-4 2 0 0 2 2 11
D. Claude   19 1-3 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 0 2 2
K. Tandy   2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   201 31-69
(.449)
13-17
(.765)
5-18
(.278)
17-45 20 5 4 10 13 80
Officials: James Breeding, Tony Chiazza, Paul Szelc




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