7:30 PM ET, January 21, 2003
Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
CINCINNATI (AP) -- David West had 16 points and 14 rebounds with a severely bruised hand, and Romain Sato led a balanced attack as Xavier (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today) won its fourth in a row Tuesday night, 93-58 over Duquesne.Xavier (13-4, 4-1 Atlantic 10) has found its stride after losing senior point guard Lionel Chalmers to a broken foot on Dec. 31. The Musketeers have won their last four games by 16, 33, 13 and 35 points. Five Musketeers reached double figures, led by Sato with 18. Anthony Myles had a career-high 16. Duquesne (7-11, 1-4) couldn't keep up with the quicker Musketeers, and wound up fouling frequently. Xavier was 31-of-38 from the line. West bruised his right hand by the base of the index finger when he hit the rim during a drill in practice on Monday. The Preseason All-America had the hand and finger heavily taped, and struggled with his shot in warmups. West's first shot -- a 12-foot jumper -- came up short, and he wasn't as aggressive about driving to the basket. He used his left hand as much as possible as he went 6-of-12 from the field. West averages 19.3 points and a conference-leading 11.6 rebounds per game. Ron Dokes led Duquesne with 16 points. Jimmy Tricco, the Dukes' leading scorer, twisted his left ankle and went to the bench for five minutes early in the second half, then finished with six points. Xavier finished the first half with a pivotal 13-2 run. Duquesne, which leads the conference in shooting percentage, went 5:38 without a basket at the start of the second half as Xavier pulled ahead by 20. The Xavier student section had fun with Duquesne coach Danny Nee, who wore a brown and black plaid jacket. As the students chanted ``Ugly jacket!'' Nee laughed and drew a cheer by pretending to take it off. Duquesne will have the first of its two Nee bobblehead giveaways this weekend. Duquesne, which leads the A10 with a 45.2 shooting percentage, made seven of its first nine shots as it pulled out to a 15-8 lead. The Dukes soon went cold, finishing the game at 36.7 percent from the field. Simplice Njoya's intentional foul on Sato -- he smacked him in the face as he went up for a layup -- helped Xavier rally to take the lead in the first half. Xavier shot 20 free throws in the first half alone. Duquesne tried to take advantage of the Musketeers' lack of depth with Xavier up by two points late in the half. Nee substituted four players at once with five minutes to go, but Xavier began trapping and went in its 13-2 run.