CINCINNATI (AP) — Paul Scruggs had a career-high 24 issues, Tyrique Jones added a career-high 20 rebounds and tied his profession excessive with 19 issues and Xavier held off Evansville 91-85 on Saturday.

Zach Hankins scored 9 of his 14 issues in the second one part, together with a run of 7 immediately capped through a dunk that gave Xavier the lead for just right at 66-65 with 13:27 left within the sport.

Scruggs and Jones teamed as much as rating 18 immediately Musketeer issues down the stretch, serving to them open up a 10-point lead and support to 2-Zero within the first season beneath trainer Travis Steele.

Shea Feehan and Ok.J. Riley every scored 20 level to guide six gamers in double figures for Evansville (Zero-2).

At the back of Jones, Xavier had a dominating 51-22 merit at the forums. The Musketeers completed with 19 offensive rebounds, matching the Red Aces’ defensive rebounds.

Quentin Goodin scored all of his 14 issues within the first and Scruggs added 10, serving to Xavier lead through 15 two times within the first part earlier than Feehan and Riley every scored 5 issues all through a 17-6 Red Aces run that pared the Musketeers’ result in 49-45 at halftime.

BIG PICTURE

Evansville: Former Kentucky big name and Celtics assistant trainer Walter McCarty is the brand new trainer. … The Red Aces have been picked to complete closing within the Missouri Valley Convention with simply two starters again.

Xavier: Goodin made his first look after lacking a month of pre-season apply with a dislocated left shoulder. He performed with a black brace at the injured shoulder earlier than being ejected with 15:10 left in the second one part after being whistled for a flagrant foul.

UP NEXT

Evansville: Hosts Kentucky Wesleyan on Thursday.

Xavier: Hosts Wisconsin on Tuesday.

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