Recap: Xavier vs. Evansville
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Marin connected on the game- winning layup in the final minute as the Xavier Musketeers used a second-half surge to take down the Evansville Purple Aces, 63-60, in non-conference action at the Cintas Center.
Semaj Christon shot just 3-of-14 from the floor but made 13-of-17 at the foul line for Xavier (7-3) on his way to 19 points. Matt Stainbrook tallied 10 points and 15 rebounds, while Dee Davis also scored 10 points for the hosts.
For Evansville (6-4), D.J. Balentine registered 15 points and five assists, and Egidiju Mockevicius logged 11 points, six boards and four blocks.
Evansville took control of the contest in the first half, shooting 50 percent from the floor en route to a 32-25 lead at the break. Xavier managed to connected on just 33.3 percent of its field goal tries in the opening stanza, including 1-of-8 from 3-point range.
The Purple Aces continued to lead by as many as 13 points in the second half before the Musketeers made their run. After Xavier took a brief lead late, a Balentine jumper tied the game at 60 with 50 seconds remaining, but the Musketeers answered on their next possession with Martin's game-winner. Balentine had a chance to tie the game in the waning seconds for the Purple Aces, but his 3-point attempt did not fall.
Xavier ended the game on a 28-12 run, and its bench outscored Evansville's reserves, 25-12.Game Notes