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Xavier takes down No. 1 Villanova

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The Xavier Musketeers (25-3, 13-3) pulled away at the end to beat No. 1 Villanova Wildcats 90-83 Wednesday night at the Cintas Center.

J.P. Macura came off the bench and scored 19 points along with freshman guard Edmond Sumner.

A total of six Muskies scored double-digit points .

"It was going to take a monumental effort for 40 minutes and that's what we did. I'm happy for our team," Xavier head coach Chris Mack said. 

Xavier led most of the way in the first matchup of Top 5 teams since the Big East was reconfigured, pulling away at the end against the only team they'd never beaten in league play.

"We knew we were capable of beating anyone in the country and we had to prove ourselves against Villanova," said junior guard Myles Davis. 

Xavier got ahead by 15 points late and held on with free throws. The Muskies dominated the boards 42-33.

The Wildcats couldn't overcome foul trouble, losing for only the second time in their last 18 games.  

It was Xavier's first win over a No. 1 team since 2004, when they beat St. Joseph's University in the Atlantic 10 tournament. 

The last time Xavier hosted the top-ranked team was in 1999 against UC in the Crosstown Shootout. Xavier took down the Bearcats and Kenyon Martin, 66-64. 

It was the first time in Cintas Center history that the No. 1 team in the country will play in the arena.

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