Musketeers' Offensive Tear Continues Against Colorado
Xavier continues to prove themselves on the offensive side of the floor. After dropping 89 on Cincinnati and 96 on Kent State, the Muskies kept it rolling with a 96 point performance against the Colorado Buffaloes. This effort was spearheaded by the usual suspect: Trevon Bluiett and his 25 points. Colorado simply couldn't keep pace as they fell 96-69 in front of another capacity crowd at Cintas.
The first half was JP Macura's world and every other player was just living in it. Macura had 7 points in the first 2 minutes and did not turn back. He finished the half with 17 points on near perfect shooting from the field; he had one miss. Between 13 and 12 minutes left in the first, Xavier knocked down three consecutive bombs from three-point range and this opened the lead to 31-10 and they never turned back. Xavier kept attacking the Colorado bigs and got whatever they wanted at the rim. The lead was 49-33 at the half and this proved to be too much to overcome for the Buffaloes.
The second half saw a sloppier, less hot Xavier team on the floor early on. However, Bluiett and Tyrique Jones righted the ship quickly and kept Xavier firmly in the lead as the second half got underway. Sean O'Mara also contributed strong minutes to keep the paint securely in the hands of the Muskies. Down the stretch, freshman were able to accrue significant minutes as Xavier rolled to their dominant 9th win of the season
OTHER NOTES: Paul Scruggs came down hard late in the second half in what proved to be a scary moment. However, after a brief trip to the locker room, he was back on the floor to finish the game so it seems to be a non-issue moving forward.
JP continues to prove himself to be one of the most streaky players in the NCAA. After a 17 point first half explosion, he did not acquire a single second half point. Although not an issue in a blowout like this, it is fair to expect Macura to live up to expectations when games bear more significance.
Xavier is one of the best passing teams in the nation. They assisted on almost half of their made field goals today and that would've been a bigger proportion had the game not gotten sloppier in the second half. Seeing an unselfish team is a positive note to take away from these early wins.
Ultimately, Xavier continues to roll. They have now won 4 straight and that streak should be easy enough to continue against East Tennessee State, Marshall, and Northern Iowa leading into Big East Play. However, do not expect Chris Mack or the Muskies to take these games lightly as every game bears significance to them. The Musketeers get a week off and are back in action next Saturday 12/16 at 2 PM against the East Tennessee State Buccaneers.