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Xavier survives slow start, defeats Marquette

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The Xavier Musketeers survived a sloppy first half to stay perfect inside Cintas Center defeating Marquette 62-58.

The win pulled Xavier back to .500 in Big East play at 3-3, and 12-6 overall.

The first half was a struggle for the Musketeers. The Golden Eagles pressured Xavier into 12 turnovers, the most the Muskies had given up in a half. Those turnovers and bad shooting led to 31-22 Marquette lead at the half.

Xavier got back into the game after an 11-2 spurt early in the second half. That is when Remy Abell and Myles Davis took over. In the final 11:32, the pair combined for 20 points including six three-pointers.

With Abell coming off the bench for the second-straight game, Xavier's reserves outscored Marquette's 33-3 in the contest.

Matt Carlino led the Golden Eagles with 27 points. The senior guard hit six three-pointers himself. Carlino had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but his three-point attempt barely grazed the rim. Xavier Trevon Bluiett secured the rebound, making Xavier a perfect 10-0 at home this season.

"When you lose, you lose a little confidence at times. Especially when you're young. To get pushed back on our heels early in the game and we had that awkward feeling in the Cintas Center," head Coach Chris Mack said after the game. "I thought our guys really responded and it's not always easy to do. You know, they want to win, they know what the stakes are."

Xavier was led by Abell's 15 points. Dee Davis scored eight points to go along with seven assists.

Up next for the Musketeers is a road date against the Providence Friars Thursday night at 7 p.m. Xavier has a chance to begin to right the ship away from Cintas Center where they are just 2-6 on the year.

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