Quick Take: Xavier 84 Quincy 54

Xavier took down Quincy, 84-54, Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 9,449 fans at the Cintas Center in its only exhibition game this season. Read Rick Broering's quick take on the Musketeers final preseason tune-up.

Xavier Scoring: Myles Davis 15, Matt Stainbrook 14, Semaj Christon 12, Brandon Randolph 11, Isaiah Philmore 6, Justin Martin 5, Jalen Reynolds 4, James Farr 4, Landen Amos 4, Erik Stenger 4

Quincy Scoring: Jordan Wilson 9, Chris Babbitt 8, Austin Weber 7, Scott Hahn 6, Evan McGaughey 5, Dalton Hoover 4, Grant Meyer 4, Nate Des Jardins 3, Ja'mil Jones 3, Herm Senor II 3, Josh Schaben 2

Key Performance: Myles Davis did exactly what Xavier needs him to do this season. He came off the bench ready to play his role. He was aggressive from the moment he stepped on the court and finished with 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting, including 3-for-8 from three. He also dished out three assists, had three rebounds and a blocked shot with only one turnover.

Good Stat: Quincy shot just 33 percent from the field. Xavier picked up its defense in a major way after the Hawks started the game by making seven of their first nine shots. There's plenty to work on, but the young guys came along quickly and adjusted well on the fly.

Ugly Stat: Quincy out-rebounded Xavier 15-14 on the offensive glass. Quincy's 15 isn't quite as bad as it looks, considering plenty of them came on missed jump shots that resulted in long rebounds, but the fact that the much smaller and less athletic Division II team held an advantage on the offensive glass isn't good. Chris Mack pointed out after the game that his team isn't quite as good at rebounding out of area as last year's team was with Travis Taylor, and added that it's something he's been preaching in practice.

Lineups: There were a couple of interesting wrinkles when it came to Chris Mack's substitution patterns. Myles Davis was the first player off the bench in both halves, which wasn't surprising, but after that Mack went to Amos, Stenger and Farr before subbing in Jalen Reynolds. We later found out that was due to Reynolds suffering a non-serious arm injury yesterday in practice. Mack continued to mix up his lineups throughout the night. He played Farr alongside Stainbook, plenty of three-guard lineups, and Martin spent a lot of time at the four. It's important to keep in mind that Dee Davis was out for the game, plus they were playing a Division II team in an exhibition game, so that definitely played a role in Mack's decisions. However, it's clear that he's got a lot more options and the freshman guards (Davis and Randolph) are going to see plenty of minutes.

The New Guys: Out of Xavier's 84 points, 49 were scored by players making their exhibition debut in a Xavier uniform. Those guys also grabbed 18 of the team's 44 rebounds. Myles Davis and Matt Stainbrook were the most impressive and both showed how big their roles will be on offense, but Brandon Randolph, Jalen Reynolds and Kamall Richards all had their moments.

Quotable: "He's a game-changer. He can really shoot the ball, but he's more than just a shooter." - Chris Mack on Myles Davis

Takeaway: The Musketeers got a solid final tune-up before the regular season starts for real this Friday, and Chris Mack had to have gained some confidence with the young guys he's going to rely on this season looking more than ready for the opportunity.

Musketeer Report Top Stories