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Christon scores 27, Xavier beats DePaul 84-74
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Semaj Christon was relentless in his attack, a blur as he blew past defenders, and Xavier looked like a team that had no interest in keeping this one close.
It turned out this wasn’t quite a runaway. It was good enough, though.
Christon dominated with 27 points, Justin Martin scored 18 and Xavier beat DePaul 84-74 Monday for its 10th win in 11 games.
Christon, who came in averaging a team-high 16.3 points, finished one shy of his career high set against Marquette on Jan. 9. He had 19 points in the first half alone and hit nine of 19 shots in the game but did not score over the final 9:15.
“I see him do it at practice every day so to me, it’s not really being in awe,” said Isaiah Philmore, who had 13 points and seven rebounds. “Quite frankly, that’s something I expect - not to that extent, but when I looked up and he had (19) at half, that’s something I know he’s capable of. We hang out all the time. We’re in the gym all the time so I know what he can do, and he’s definitely capable of that at any point in time that he puts his mind to it.”
Martin scored 14 in the first half and finished with three 3-pointers to go with seven rebounds, and Xavier hung on after things got tight down the stretch. DePaul was within 72-65 after Billy Garrett Jr. hit a free throw with 5:50 remaining, but Philmore scored on a layup to start a 9-1 run for the Musketeers.
Cleveland Melvin led DePaul with 25 points. Garrett scored 18, but the Blue Demons (10-10, 2-5) hit just 22 of 38 free throws on the way to their second straight loss. Wins over Butler and St. John’s gave them back-to-back Big East victories for the first time in six years, but after getting blown out by Villanova on Saturday, DePaul came up short again.
Coach Oliver Purnell benched second-leading scorer Brandon Young for the second half because he didn’t like the senior’s approach.
“We weren’t getting the leadership,” he said. “We weren’t getting the kind of attitude and leadership out there, so we had to make a change.”
On top of that, the Blue Demons lost two more starters to injuries.
Center Tommy Hamilton IV left with a bruised sternum in the first half while defending a traveling Matt Stainbrook. And guard Charles McKinney twisted his left ankle on defense about six minutes into the second.
It all added up to a difficult game for the Blue Demons even if they stayed in it after a brutal first half.
“They took it to us in the first half,” Melvin said. “Xavier just took it to us and they wanted it more. We backed down. We let them come in our home and get the win.”
After rallying from 17 down to beat Georgetown on Wednesday, Xavier led 50-32 after a dominant first half. The Musketeers had no trouble getting inside and they went on a 17-5 run with the game tied at 22 with about eight-and-a-half minutes left in the first half.
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