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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Chris Mack
Matt Stainbrook spent his birthday in the trainers' room while the rest of his Xavier teammates got ready for one of their biggest games without him.
Brian Oliver, Eugene Teague and Fuquan Edwin turned senior night into something very memorable at Seton Hall.
After his club's 74-52 blowout loss at Georgetown this past Saturday, Xavier head coach Chris Mack struggled internally with the question of how hard he should practice his team prior to their Tuesday night showdown against St. John's. Ultimately, he decided to put the team through some strenuous workouts.
Georgetown (16-11, 7-8 Big East) snapped a two-game losing streak as Markel Starks had 22 points and four assists, guiding an efficient offense. The Hoyas shot 52 percent from the floor, had 14 assists and committed just three turnovers.
Looking for a spark with his team's NCAA Tournament hopes fading, Georgetown coach John Thompson inserted Jabril Trawick into the starting lineup for the first time in more than six weeks on Saturday.
Xavier point guard Dee Davis played well at both ends of the floor on Wednesday night, helping the Musketeers move back into sole possession of third place in the Big East Conference.
Xavier coach Chris Mack needed only one straightforward statistic to explain his team's loss at Marquette.
Xavier coach Chris Mack liked what he saw Tuesday night.
Semaj Christon waited for it.
Xavier has suspended freshman forward Jalen Reynolds from the team so he can concentrate on his "responsibilities greater than basketball."
Providence, one of the hottest teams in the Big East, won its fifth straight conference game for the first time in a decade on Saturday, defeating Xavier 81-72.
Xavier hits four 3-pointers for a 12-0 lead. Doug McDermott finds his long-range touch and gets started on a 35-point performance. Creighton's formidable offense is rolling in front of 17,589 fans in Omaha.
Leading scorer Semaj Christon had to sit on Xavier's bench with four fouls and watch the rest of the Musketeers complete their amazing comeback.
Even with a bad shoulder, Doug McDermott was as good as ever for Creighton.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Get the rebound, push the pace, make the basket or draw a foul. Xavier made it look like just another day in practice.
The Wildcats had no surprises, Musketeers coach Chris Mack said.
"They were what we saw on film," he said. "This was our first game without Matt, so that was a little bit different, but we competed. We didn't quite have enough to beat Villanova."