Xavier 66, St. Bonaventure 64
Game Analysis: The Bonnies might have had this game well in hand had they done a better job on the backboards. The Musketeers torched them for 16 offensive rebounds, which they turned into 16 second-chance points. It was the noticeable difference it what was otherwise an evenly played game.
Player of the Game: Get used to seeing Semaj Christon. The freshman guard leads Xavier in scoring, and he upped his average with Wednesday's 19-point, 10-assist effort than included the winning basket with 5 seconds left. He's pudding smooth.
Bona Player of the Game: The development of Youssou Ndoye continues. The 7-foot sophomore went for a career-high 16 points. When you're scoring 16 against Xavier and 14 against the likes of North Carolina State there's a lot of potential.
What It Means: Bona (7-9, 0-3) has lost six straight for the first time since Mark Schmidt's first year as coach. Xavier (10-6, 3-0) is on a three-game winning streak after losing four in a row for the first time in more than 20 years.
Injured: Xavier was without starting point guard Dee Davis (wrist). Christon made sure they barely missed him.
Stat Check: Xavier turned it over just six times -- half of what it had been averaging in A-10 play.
In the House: There were 3,892 on hand and Buffalo native Don Criqui called the game for the CBS Sports Network.
They Said It:
Schmidt on Charlon Kloof's last-play drive to the basket: "We only needed a two, so he had the ball and he had to make a decision to go all the way to the basket or drive and kick. We got to the basket, they made a good play."
Next Up: Oh no. He comes the dreaded Philadelphia trip. The Bonnies are at Temple Saturday and follow up with Saint Joseph's on Wednesday.
-- Bob DiCesare
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