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NCAA Game Summary - Creighton at Xavier



(Saturday, March 1st)

Final Score: Xavier 75, (9) Creighton 69

Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Semaj Christon had 21 points, Justin Martin scored 19 with 16 rebounds and Xavier upset No. 9 Creighton 75-69 on Saturday.

Dee Davis added 15 points for the Musketeers (20-9, 10-6 Big East), who improved to 15-1 at home and won for the fifth time in their last seven games.

The standing-room-only crowd of 10,483 was a Cintas Center record.

"The crowd was awesome," said Xavier coach Chris Mack. "We felt them each and every possession. Down the stretch, I can't imagine what Creighton was feeling."

Doug McDermott led Creighton (23-5, 13-3 Big East) with 27 points and 10 rebounds but the Bluejays missed a chance to re-take the conference lead from Villanova.

The Wildcats tied Creighton with a win over Butler on Wednesday and can now take sole possession of first place with a win over Marquette on Sunday.

The Bluejays, who beat Xavier at home on Jan. 12, had a four-game winning streak snapped. They have two regular-season games remaining, against Georgetown and Providence.

McDermott opened the game with a layup but Martin and Christon followed with 3-pointers for Xavier and Creighton only had one more lead in the game, 12-11 on a Grant Gibbs 3 with 13 minutes left in the first half.

Creighton shot 39 percent in the game and was 10-of-34 on 3s (29.4 percent).

"They did a good job, but it's on us, too," said McDermott. "I think some of the time we were a little too content to run the perimeter."

Davis' 3 capped a 7-0 Musketeers run and they went up by as many as 11 before taking a 43-34 lead into halftime.

Christon's free throw with 15:22 remaining gave Xavier its biggest lead at 13 points. The Bluejays got as close at three on a McDermott 3-pointer with 5:27 remaining and again on a Gibbs layup a little over a minute later.

But Xavier scored the next six points, starting with a Davis 3, and Creighton never was closer than five the rest of the way.

Game Notes

The Musketeers shot 50 percent overall and 9-of-16 on 3-pointers (56.3 percent) ... Xavier's two remaining regular-season games are against Seton Hall and Villanova.

03/01 22:01:26 ET

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4th
ORL 68
CHA 72
 
Final
PHI 2
UTA 6
 
Final
CHI 86
LAC 96
Final
HOU 105
CLE 103
4th
ORL 68
CHA 72
 
4th
BOS 94
GSW 96
 
4th
IND 73
PHI 64
 
4th
SAC 75
POR 85
 
3rd
LAL 57
OKC 64
 
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Final
NIAG 57
FAIR 56
 
Final
PETE 68
IONA 60
 
Final
RIDE 59
MAR 49
 
Final
MAN 69
QUIN 65
 
Final
UCONN 81
SMU 73
Final
CAL 73
ORST 56
Final
HOU 72
SFLA 55
Final
PROV 77
MARQ 66
Final
WISC 68
MSU 61
Final
MON 63
SIENA 57
 
2nd
WAKE 51
PITT 55
 
Half
STAN 30
OREG 36
 
1st
OSU 14
PURD 11
 
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COL
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UCLA
WASU
Final
WIN 5
LOS 2
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PIT 5
CLB 3
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FLA 4
TAM 3
1st Intermission
WAS 1
TOR 0
 
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