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Xavier Loses Sixth Straight to DePaul 74-62: Recap

NCAA Basketball: DePaul at Xavier Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

It was a slow start for both teams, as neither team scored more than two points, and the score was tied 2-2 at the first media timeout.

Things continued to go slow for both sides, as neither Xavier nor DePaul could get their offense going. The score was tied 5-5 with 11:48 left in the first half.

The scoring finally picked up after, with the score being 17-14 in favor or DePaul with 6:43 remaining in the first half.

It continued to be a tight game, with DePaul maintaining an edge of 21-20 with 3:54 until the end of the first half due to second chance points, in which they were outscoring Xavier 9-0.

Xavier was able to outscore DePaul 11-9 the rest of the half, taking a 31-30 lead into the locker room behind the offensive fire power of Naji Marshall. The sophomore wing scored 16 points, while grabbing three rebounds, dishing out three assists, and getting a steal and a block in the half.

Xavier continued to have the momentum at the break, increasing their lead to 41-37 with 14:56 left in the game behind two three-pointers from Paul Scruggs.

The Musketeers continued to extend their lead, gaining a six point, 49-43 advantage with 10:47 left in the contest.

DePaul countered with a 6-0 spurt after a Xavier basket to get back within two points, 51-49. before a Marshall dunk ended the drought. Xavier led 53-49 with 7:36 left in the game.

DePaul was able to come back and tie the game 57-57 with 3:36 left in the game. Three straight turnovers for Xavier after the timeout led to five DePaul points, and the Blue Demons led 62-57 with 2:22 left. They cruised to a 74-62 win over Xavier.

Marshall led the team in scoring with 22 points while chipping in four rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block. Scruggs was second with 13 points, while grabbing five rebounds, dishing out three assists and getting a steal and a block.

Quentin Goodin also reached double-figure scoring with 12 points. Tyrique Jones had a strong performance, scoring nine points, grabbing nine rebounds, grabbing two steals and blocking a shot.