Freshman guard Frankie Sullivan led the Tigers with 23 points. "He was awfully competitive tonight in the first true road game for a freshman," Auburn coach Jeff Lebo said. "His attitude is absolutely phemomenal. He is going to have a great career for us."
Auburn trailed by 22 points, but rallied in the second period with a full-court press and had a chance to catch the Musketeers in the closing minutes, but Xavier came through with key baskets. For the night the Musketeers made 53.3 percent of their shots to 41 percent for Auburn.
"I thought the pressure bothered them," Lebo said. "We went small and pressed up full-court and I think that bothered them."
Lebo said Xavier's good shooting was the difference in the game as the Musketeers hit 13-23 threes. "The chance for us to beat them was for them to not shoot the ball well from the perimeter and man they shot it well."
B.J. Raymond had a big night for the 14th-ranked home team with 32 points. He hit 10-13 field goals and 5-6 three-pointers.
Auburn improved at the foul line, hitting 17-22 while Xavier made 22-36.
The Tigers forced 22 turnovers and committed 16.
The Tigers, who are 3-4, return to action on Saturday with a 1 p.m. home game vs. Louisiana-Monroe.