NEW YORK (FOX19) - If Thursday night was any indication to how Xavier will fare in tournament play this season, the Musketeers may be headed deep into March run.
Powered behind Trevon Bluiett and Edmond Sumner, XU stormed out to an early lead against Marquette and never relinquished, winning 90-72.
"We wanted to make a statement today to try and show everyone we were ready for the postseason," XU guard Myles Davis said. "Try to show everybody that we are ready to compete for any title."
Bluiett paced the Musketeers with a career-high tying 24 points. The 24 points is the most a Musketeer has scored in the Big East Tournament.
The sophomore forward's night was not all positive. Bluiett left the game midway through the first half after appearing to land on Jake Fischer's foot. Bluiett was treated on the sideline and re-entered. He told the media after the game he would be fine going forward.
The Golden Eagles' biggest threat, Henry Ellenson, was saddled with foul trouble throughout the night. The Big East Freshman of the Year had two fouls before the first media timeout. He played a majority of the first half with those two fouls until he committed his third with just over two minutes to play in the half. He finished with 14 points.
XU jumped out to an 11-2 lead after four points and three assists from Sumner. The freshman point guard admitted to nerves before the game but responded with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Xavier's lead was cut to just five points with 5:24 to play in the first half. That is when the Musketeers ripped off a 13-0 run in just over four minutes near the end of the half to open up a 16 point lead, 46-30.
Jalen Reynolds scored the first two points in the second half to give the Musketeers an 18 point lead. Marquette would not get any closer than 17 points the rest of the game.
Reynolds finished with 11 points and six rebounds.
Up next for the Musketeers will be the winner of No. 6 Creighton vs. No. 3 Seton Hall Friday night at 9 p.m.