Scores

Final

Troy 54

(4-5, 1-4 away)

Xavier 78

(6-2, 4-0 home)

    7:30 PM ET, December 22, 2005

    Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

    1 2 T
    TROY 31 2354
    XAV 49 2978

    Top Performers

    Troy: B. Dixon 18 Pts, 2 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Stl

    Xavier: B. Thornton 27 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Xavier 78, Troy 54

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- Brian Thornton scored a career-high 27 points and had seven rebounds to lead Xavier to a 78-54 win over Troy on Thursday night.

    Thornton connected on 11 of 13 shots as the Musketeers (6-2) placed four players in double figures. Justin Doellman had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Stanley Burrell finished with 17 points and six assists.

    Josh Duncan added 10 points for Xavier, which bounced back from a 61-59 loss at Creighton on Saturday.

    Thornton had a three-point play with 9:32 left to spark a 13-3 run that gave the Musketeers a 72-50 lead. The senior had seven points during the spurt.

    Bobby Dixon had 18 points and nine assists for Troy (4-5), which shot 8-for-30 from 3-point range. The Trojans came into the contest averaging 12.6 3-pointers per game, tops in the country.

    Xavier closed out the first half with an 8-0 run to take a 49-31 lead at halftime. Thornton and Doellman had 14 points apiece at the break.

    Jacob Hazouri scored all 10 of his points in the first half for Troy.

    Xavier shot 46 percent from the field and outrebounded the Trojans 49-23.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    TROY
    XAV
    Points 54 78
    FG Made-Attempted 22-58 (.379) 29-63 (.460)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-30 (.267) 7-29 (.241)
    FT Made-Attempted 2-2 (1.000) 13-16 (.813)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 11 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 24

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