Scores

Final

Southern 56

(2-9, 0-9 away)

Xavier 73

(7-2, 5-0 home)

    7:30 PM ET, December 29, 2005

    Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

    1 2 T
    SOU 31 2556
    XAV 35 3873

    Top Performers

    Southern University: C. Alexander 16 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl

    Xavier: S. Burrell 11 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    Xavier 73, Southern 56

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- Brian Thornton scored 14 points and Xavier overcame shooting a season-low 39 percent to defeat Southern 73-56 Thursday night.

    The Musketeers (7-2) made up for their poor performance from the field by hitting 20 of 30 free throws and earning a 41-33 rebounding edge against the smaller Jaguars (1-9). Southern was 12-of-20 at the foul line.

    Southern trailed just 50-45 with 12:15 to play but then went scoreless for more than six minutes as Xavier scored 15 straight points to put the game out of reach.

    Xavier used a 14-0 run in the first half to take a 35-27 lead. The Jaguars led by as many nine in the first half.

    Stanley Burrell added 11 points, and Josh Duncan and Justin Cage each had 10 for Xavier. Justin Doellman had eight points and nine rebounds.

    Chris Alexander had 16 points and Peter Cipriano added 10 for Southern. Cincinnati native Deforrest Riley-Smith scored eight points against his hometown team.

    Riley-Smith originally signed with Penn State but transferred to Xavier midway through his sophomore year. The junior never played for the Musketeers and transferred again to Southern.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SOU
    XAV
    Points 56 73
    FG Made-Attempted 21-55 (.382) 23-60 (.383)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-18 (.111) 7-19 (.368)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-20 (.600) 20-30 (.667)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 9 20

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