Quick Take: Xavier 77 Miami 51

Xavier took down Miami (OH), 77-51, Friday night before a crowd of 9,514 fans at the Cintas Center. Read Rick Broering's quick take on the Musketeers' fourth win of the season.

Xavier Scoring: Dee Davis 15, Semaj Christon 13, James Farr 11, Matt Stainbrook 10, Justin Martin 9, Brandon Randolph 6, Myles Davis 6, Erik Stenger 3, Jalen Reynolds 2, Kamall Richards 2

Miami Scoring: McKnight 10, Will Felder 8, Joshua Oswald 8, Blake McLimans 7, Reggie Johnson 5, Will Sullivan 5, Quinten Rollins 4, Jaryd Eustace 2, John Hawkins 2

Key Performance: After a great performance in his first game back this season against Morehead State, Dee Davis followed it up with another brilliant performance against the RedHawks. He had 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting with five assists, three rebounds and only two turnovers, but the most intriguing part was his 3-for-4 shooting performance from 3-point range. There was no one player who made a huge difference for Xavier, because they were going to beat Miami by a lot regardless, but Davis' effort definitely stood out.

Good Stat: The Musketeers didn't necessarily need it, but a 9-for-21 performance from 3-point land certainly didn't hurt against a packed in Miami defense. Justin Martin started it by nailing a three from the corner for X's first points of the game. Semaj Christon followed suit by nailing a three for the Musketeers' second basket of the game. Dee Davis was 3-for-4, Myles Davis was 2-for-7 (after starting 2-for-3), Semaj Christon was 1-for-3, Justin Martin was 2-for-2 and big man James Farr got in on the act by making his only attempt. Outside shooting isn't a strength of this team, but they're at least showing they're more capable than last season. When this team hits jump-shots at a clip like that, they're going to be very difficult to beat.

Ugly Stat: It's hard to find an ugly stat from this game as the Musketeers didn't have any glaring deficiencies. Being super picky, Miami was able to stay in the game for the first 13 minutes thanks in large part to Xavier's miscues as they tried to decipher Miami's defenses. The RedHawks scored six points off of four early turnovers before the second media timeout, and Miami actually led 18-17 with 10 minutes to play in the half. The Musketeers' fixed their turnover issue quickly as they finished with just nine for the game.

Reynolds and Farr Continue to Play Well: Jalen Reynolds and James Farr have both shown flashes that they can help this team through the first three games, but showing consistency and becoming a regular contributor is the next step for both. Wednesday night they each took a step in that direction against an undersized Miami team. Farr finished with 11 points, 11 boards and two blocks in 16 minutes; and Reynolds with two points, 11 boards and two blocks in 20 minutes. Both were also able to change several more shots around the rim, and brought energy to the Musketeers on both ends of the court. The overall length and athleticism of the team is enhanced when either one of those guys are in the lineup, and if they continue to play like this then X will have one of the deepest frontcourts in the nation.

Martin Quietly Plays Well: After Xavier started to pull away in the final 10 minutes of the first half, this became a pretty ho-hum game. Outside of Dee Davis' shooting and the two young big men making some energetic plays, there wasn't a lot that stood out about this contest. If you dig a little deeper though, Justin Martin actually had a pretty solid performance in his second game back since suffering a concussion. Martin's role on this team is pretty clear; his job is to knock down open threes and get rebounds while playing the best defense he's capable of playing. Against Miami, he played that role rather well as he finished with nine points and five rebounds on an efficient 3-of-5 night that included 2-of-2 from beyond the arc. He also had an assist and a turnover. Granted, Miami is a weak team, but if Martin can play that same game night in and night out, it's all Xavier needs from him.

Quotable: "It's a war. We're not on the same team in practice. Everyone is a great rebounder that's a big on our team. It's an all out war in practice, and I believe that's why we do so well in games." - James Farr on the competitiveness of rebounding on this team in practice.

Takeaway: Once again Xavier left no doubt against an inferior opponent. The confidence gained after beating a clearly inferior opponent may not be substantial, but the personal carry overs for guys like Dee Davis shooting the ball and Jalen Reynolds and James Farr's continued success inside could have a positive impact for this team heading into the Battle for Atlantis.


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