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Musketeers claim bragging rights as the Crosstown Shootout returns to campus

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Xavier has bragging rights in Cincinnati for the second year in a row as they held off the University of Cincinnati  59-57 in the another dramatic Crosstown Shootout finish Wednesday night.

The rivalry game between these two schools returned to campus after the game was held at U.S. Bank Arena for the past two seasons.

The Musketeers let a 12-point lead slip away before rallying in the final minute for their sixth win in the last eight games between the rivals.

"I was really pleased with the resiliency of our team. To give up lead and battle back" Xavier's head coach Chris Mack said after the game.

UC's Gary Clark hit a jump shot to give the Bearcats a 55-53 lead with 1:10 left in the second half.  Then coming out a Xavier timeout, Dee Davis made a 3-point basket to give the Musketeers a 56-66 lead with less than a minute left in the game.

XU's Jalen Reynolds fouled Troy Caupain who hit back-to-back free throws to give the Bearcats the  57-56 lead with 21 seconds left in the game. 

The Musketeers gained control of the game after Trevon Bluiett was fouled by Clark with 11.5 seconds left. Bluiett made his only points of the game when he back-to-back free throws to give Xavier the 58-57 lead. 

"We were excited Trevon got fouled. I told him big time players make big time shots and he did," said Myles Davis after the game.

Xavier's victory was sealed when Myles Davis grabbed a rebound from a Farad Cobb final 3-point attempt that missed for the Bearcats.

"It's at home, it's the Crosstown Shootout. It hurts. Hurts to lose on free throws," Caupain said after the game.

Dee Davis led all Muskies with 16 points and had eight rebounds. He had a season-high five 3-pointers. 

"That's what seniors do. Best game in a Xavier uniform," said Mack about Davis after the game.

"Tip my hat to him. Shoots 18 percent from three in conf play, but he stepped up," said Bearcats coach Larry Davis about Dee Davis after the game.

Xavier finished the game 52.6 percent from field goal range and 64.3 percent from the three point arch.

UC finished the game 45.5 percent from field goal range but went 4-of-16 from three point range.

Clark finished with 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and a block for the Bearcats.

Cincinnati still holds the overall series 49-33.

The Bearcats play at Houston Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

No. 19 Butler comes to the Cintas Center to play Xavier Saturday at 2 p.m.

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