Xavier wins Crosstown Shootout behind Marshall’s 31

Naji Marshall ties career high as Musketeers beat rival Bearcats

Xavier wins Crosstown Shootout behind Marshall’s 31
Naji Marshall

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Naji Marshall scored a career high tying 31 points to lead Xavier to a 73-66 win over UC in the annual Crosstown Shootout.

Marshall hit on a season beat four three-pointers and led a run that built the Musketeers’ lead to 16 in the second half. The Musketeers have won eight straight against the Bearcats at the Cintas Center.

“Naji’s a bit time player,” Xavier head coach Travis Steele said. “I believe in him and he was ready for it. [The Crosstown Shootout] is a players’ game. He was the best player on the floor and I don’t even think it was close tonight."

UC star Jarron Cumberland, playing despite a hip injury, struggled to a 4-14 shooting performance. Keith Williams led the Bearcats with 15 points.

Xavier has won nine of the last 13 games in the rivalry.

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