Xavier rebounded after their double overtime loss to Auburn on Dec. 20 by beating Florida Gulf Coast 71-57 at the Cintas Center Sunday.
"When you lose a game, you either put your tail between your legs and continue to lose or you help yourself up off the mat and I though we did that. Tonight we go 28 points given up in the second half which is a point less than the first and that's what good teams do," said head coach Chris Mack.
Matt Stainbrook was one of the top performers for the Musketeers having 17 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Dee Davis and Remy Abell were the two other Muskies who had double digit point performances. Abell finished with 13 and Davis finished with 12 points.
Xavier's defense forced Florida Gulf Coast to commit 16 turnovers.
"We know he does it out of the goodness in his heart. He does it to make us better and we understand that. You can't have hard feelings. You can't get sensitive about that sort of thing. I think a lot of the guys understood that and we the showed the guys who didn't understand it that they need to understand that," said Stainbrook in response to Mack calling out the defense Friday.
Bernard Thompson and Julian DeBose finished the game with 17 points for "Dunk City." Thompson also added six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
The Musketeers play the Georgetown Hoyas in the last home game of 2014 on New Year's Eve at 10 p.m.
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