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#12 Xavier beats #23 Cincinnati 65-55 in Crosstown Shootout

The #23 Cincinnati Bearcats and #12 Xavier Musketeers faced off in the Crosstown Shootout. It was the first time that the game has been played at the Cintas Center in four years.

The Xavier Musketeers welcomed the Cincinnati Bearcats back to the Cintas Center for the Crosstown Shootout for the first time in four years.

The first half was all Xavier as they took a 42-26 lead into halftime. Xavier had rebounded Cincinnati 20-12 with 8 of the 20 rebounds were offensive rebounds.  This was something the Bearcats needed to fix and in the first half the Musketeers exploited that weakness. The Bearcats also committed 8 turnovers in the first half which led to 13 points for X. The offensive rebounds accounted for 10 points for X also. A shocking stat for the first half is X outscored UC 22-12 in the paint.

Everything that could go wrong for the Bearcats did as they shot 40% from the field, 27.3 from three and 75% from the foul line (only 4 attempts). On the other hand Xavier shot 50% from the field and 50% from three.  So to speak X played with house money in the first half.

Myles Davis had 10 points in the first half. Davis was the guy me and Rick Broering was talking about in our Q&A this week.

Octavius Ellis had 9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and 3 big turnovers.

The second half started in UC looked like a completely different team as they started the half of on a 10-0 run to cut the game to 6 points with 14:49 left in the game. Shaq Thomas, Troy Caupain and Farad Cobb led the 10-0 charge. Xavier stopped the bleeding with a Myles Davis jumper. UC got the game to 5 points, but had a stint where they had 5 turnovers in 6 possessions which Xavier was able to push the lead to 11 points and never looked back.

UC didn’t a way better job on the boards in the second half finishing tied at 32 a piece which means as great as X was on the board in the first half, UC was in the second half. UC also held X to 23 points in the second half, but at the end Xavier pulled out a 65-55 win.

The Bearcats had four players in double digits Octavius Ellis 13 points, Shaquille Thomas 11 points, Troy Caupain 10 points and Farad Cobb 11 points.

The Musketeers had two players in double digits Myles Davis 17 points and Edmond Sumner with 11 points.

UC will be back in action on Tuesday December 15th at Fifth Third Arena against Norfolk State at 7 pm.

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