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Xavier Drops Fifth Straight at Creighton, 76-54: Recap

NCAA Basketball: Xavier at Creighton Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

The Musketeers dropped their fifth straight contest at Creighton, 76-54.

Xavier got off to a slow start against Creighton, only making two shots in the first five minutes and turning the ball over three times. However, the defense was good enough to prevent Creighton from pulling away early, only allowing nine points during that span. Xavier trailed 9-4 with 15:17 left in the first half.

The Musketeers got back within three points, 11-8, on a Ryan Welage three, but Creighton would score the next four points to take a 15-8 with 12:37 left in the first half.

Xavier was able to get their offense going after that, scoring 13 points in five minutes. However, Creighton’s offense also started to heat up, and Xavier was unable to make a dent in the lead as the Blue Jays led 29-21 with 6:47 remaining in the first half.

The teams continued to trade baskets, with Creighton only able to extend their lead by one through the next three minutes. They led 35-26 over Xavier with 3:40 left until halftime.

Creighton ended the half on a 6-0 run to take a 41-26 over Xavier into halftime.

Xavier started the second half strong, going on a 9-0 run after Creighton scored the first four points of the half. The Blue Jays scored a dunk to break the run, and they led 47-35 over Xavier with 15:58 left in the game.

The Musketeers were able to keep inching closer, as they trailed 54-43 with 12:34 remaining in the game. The teams traded baskets through the next two minutes, and the score was 56-45, Creighton, with 10:43 to go.

A 9-0 Creighton run allowed the Blue Jays to go ahead by 18 before a Naji Marshall layup broke the run. Xavier trailed 63-47 with 7:16 left in the game.

Creighton continued to pull away, outscoring Xavier 7-2 over the next five minutes, and they led 70-49 over Xavier with just 2:22 left in the game.

The Blue Jays cruised from there, winning the game by a score of 76-54 over Xavier.

Goodin led the team in scoring and assists with 13 points and seven assists. He also contributed four rebounds and a steal. Tyrique Jones also reached double-figure scoring, netting 10 points while also getting two blocks.

Paul Scruggs didn’t score a ton, five points, but he had a team high five rebounds and three steals while also dishing out four assists.