center Luke Fischer (40) grabs a rebound in front of
Xavier guard Edmond Sumner (4) during the second
half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday in
Cincinnati. Xavier won 90-82.
- Time was winding down, and Xavier had trailed the entire
second half. The Musketeers made the final 4 minutes their
Macura scored a career-high 20 points and hit a pair of
3-pointers down the stretch Saturday, rallying No. 6
Xavier to a 90-82 victory over Marquette.
Musketeers (21-2, 9-2 Big East) have won five in a row and
six of seven against the Golden Eagles (15-9, 4-7), who
led throughout the second half before Macura led the
comeback. He had back-to-back 3s that put Xavier ahead to
stay with 2:55 to go.
stuck around when not everything was going our way, and
coming into the last four minutes we were prepared for
it," Trevon Bluiett said. "We hit a different
gear and everything took care of itself. I wish we could
play like that more often. That's where we're hoping to
had 23 points and a career-high eight assists. Edmond
Sumner had 20 points, 15 in the first half. Xavier made a
season-high 13 3-pointers and shot a season-high 65
percent from beyond the arc.
we shoot the ball like I know they're capable from 3-point
range, this team has a chance to be really, really
special," coach Chris Mack said.
Golden Eagles had three straight turnovers down the
stretch, helping Xavier hold on.
have been our Achilles heel all year," coach Steve
Wojciechowski said. "We have some amazing turnovers
at costly times. Against a team like Xavier, there isn't
any margin for error. You can't have empty
head coach Steve Wojciechowski directs his team
against Xavier during the first half of an NCAA
college basketball game Saturday in Cincinnati.
Ellenson led Marquette with 22 points, and Haanif Cheatham
added 21. The Golden Eagles shot 54.7 percent from the
field and had a 35-27 edge on the boards, only the second
time Xavier has been outrebounded.
kids put us in position to win the game against a hell of
a team that's playing really well," Wojciechowski
said. "So it's hard to go into the locker room and
find fault with our effort or competitive spirit. That's
the most physical we've been especially on the backboards.
I was proud of that."
gave Xavier the first significant lead of the game. He had
a pair of dunks and a 3-pointer, and Bluiett hit a 3 that
put the Musketeers ahead 19-12. Cheatham hit a 3 that
started a 15-0 run for Marquette for a 29-20 lead, with
five different players scoring during the spurt.
Golden Eagles led the rest of the half, taking a 39-35
lead to the break. The only other time Xavier trailed at
halftime was during an 81-72 home loss to Georgetown on
Jan. 19. That's the only game in which Xavier has been
outrebounded this season.
dominated the boards 49-38 in the win at Marquette, but
the Golden Eagles kept it close by using its front line to
full advantage in the rematch.
Golden Eagles led by as many as seven in the second half
before Xavier went on an eight-point run. Macura had a
pair of free throws and a fast-break layup gave Xavier its
first lead of the half 65-63 with 7:14 to go. Macura had
another fast-break layup off a steal, and Myles Davis' 3
pushed the lead to 72-67.
guard Duane Wilson, left, puts up a shot against
Xavier forward Jalen Reynolds, right, during the
second half of an NCAA college basketball game
Saturday in Cincinnati. Xavier won 90-82.
Marquette twice pulled even, Macura hit the back-to-back
3s that left Xavier in control.
were a few plays when I basically was wide open,"
Macura said. "My mindset is to knock down a shot they
was only the fourth team to score 80 points against Xavier
this season. The Musketeers have given up 80 in
back-to-back games for the first time while winning both.
picked up his fourth foul with 17:09 left. He was
Marquette's second-leading scorer with 12 points at the
time. Bluiett got his fourth with 10:31 to go, when he had
Ellenson had 20 points in the loss to Xavier on Jan. 16.
He scored at least 20 for the sixth time this season.
Macura made his fourth start and his first since the win
at Marquette. Mack has praised his effort in recent games
and said he liked the matchups with him on the floor.
Golden Eagles host No. 11 Providence on Wednesday.
Musketeers play at Creighton on Tuesday.