All the elements were present at Cintas Saturday afternoon for a watershed Xavier victory setting the stage for a breakthrough Muskie BIG EAST Regular Season Championship. Villanova did not cooperate winning 95-79. The Wildcats arrived seemingly leaking late season oil with veteran guard Phil Booth injured-some suspect defensive numbers-four Frosh in the rotation and two losses in their last three starts. Their precision offense(most efficient nationally in the last 10 years) hadn't been bailing them out(19 turnovers and 3-20 three point shooting in a mid-week loss at PC)(17 for 76 from outside the arc over that three game stretch-25%).
Xavier Falls to Villanova in Top-4 Matchup #4 Xavier welcomed the #3 Villanova Wildcats to the Cintas Center for their second bout of the season. With the building packed to the tune of 10,777 fans, the atmosphere was electric. However, despite the raucous home crowd, the Musketeers fell up considerably short. Behind Mikal Bridges' 25 points, the Wildcats handed Xavier their 4th loss of the season by a final score of 95-79.
MUSKIES GAIN BIG EAST LEVERAGE WITH VICTORY OVER SETON HALL!! SCOUTING VILLANOVA!! Xavier's wild weird Wednesday 102-90 win over SHU at Cintas was a classic tale of two halves. Bottom line-coupled with Villanova's 76-71 loss at Providence-the Muskies bolstered their BIG EAST regular season lead to 1 and a half games over the VU Wildcats with 4 to play for Xavier and 5 to play for Villanova. And Guess Who's coming for early Dinner Saturday at Cintas??(4:30 PM-EST-BIG FOX 19 WXIX). It's four time defending BIG EAST Champ Villanova!!!
Lady Muskies Win Big East Opener at Butler Xavier women's basketball opened BIG EAST action with a 69-62 win over Butler on Friday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Musketeers moved to 8-4 (1-0 BIG EAST), while the Bulldogs dropped to 8-5 (0-1 BIG EAST). Kindell Fincher scored a season-high 20 points on 6-for-12 shooting. The junior guard added seven rebounds and a team-high three 3-pointers. The Musketeers hit 11 three pointers, their fifth game of the season with 10 or more three pointers. Xavier continues BIG EAST action at Georgetown on Jan. 2. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.
Lady Muskies Move to 3-0 The Lady Musketeers pick up their third straight win over Grambling State and move to 3-0 on the young season. With three scorers in double digits, the offense scored a season-high 72 points. Guards Jada Byrd and Aaliyah Dunham scored a career-high 18 and 11 points respectively, while forward Imani Partlow picked up a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. This is Partlow's third career double-double.
Xavier Moves to 2-0 After Defeating Mt. St. Mary's In their first-ever meeting, the Lady Musketeers defeated Mt. St. Mary's by a score of 66-45. Following a season-opening overtime victory, Xavier came out and took care of business. Xavier had two players scoring double digits, forward Imani Partlow followed 12 points with 7 boards and guard Aaliyah Dunham with a team-high 16 points. The Musketeers allowed 0 lead changes the entirety of the game.