NCAAB Game Recap - Missouri State at Xavier
Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:00 PM EST

GASt
63
Duke
74
F
Monm
57
Kansas
112
F
GWebb
61
UNC
77
F
Gonz
79
TexAM
49
F
NCAT
54
UtSt
81
F
MOSt
56
Xav
59
F
CSNor
70
Aub
116
F
TxSt
63
Baylor
72
F
(N/A)
66
BGSU
88
F
Ida
68
VMI
67
F
(N/A)
51
CSBak
91
F
How
65
RobM
85
F
Dart
55
(N/A)
46
F
MTSt
59
App
56
F
(N/A)
69
Hof
111
F
TexPA
70
NDSt
76
F
S Wes
61
Furm
83
F
(N/A)
42
BethC
100
F
Jacksn
80
UMassL
78
F
Marsh
64
ND
74
F
TNTec
30
UNCG
64
F
Lipsco
36
Duques
58
F
Copp
69
NIU
81
F
W MI
58
Miss
85
F
LynSt
67
Bry
116
F
(N/A)
53
Longw
78
F
Hamp
65
W&M
78
F
SthAL
72
Chat
90
F
Clev
63
SCar
90
F
WVU
68
Pitt
53
F
Elon
50
Mich
70
F
DelSt
66
UGA
100
F
Radf
73
GaSo
76
F
WCU
74
FlaSt
79
F
W Ky
79
E KY
71
F
NCC
47
Akr
57
F
Alab
79
URI
93
F
FlGlf
68
Mercer
84
F
TXSo
69
SDak
88
F
(N/A)
32
NoAZ
105
F
UMKC
52
WIMil
61
F
PVAM
56
Tex
70
F
YSU
61
ULLa
73
F
MtStM
61
Lamar
76
F
Oral
74
Iowa
87
F
UtVal
66
UAB
55
F
UCDav
67
ArkSt
80
F
Stony
68
TXAMC
63
F
BYU
72
Hou
71
F
Minn
69
Utah
73
F
(N/A)
57
UTEP
71
F
UCIrv
69
Bois
60
F
SDSt
73
Nebras
90
F
(N/A)
45
CAPoly
89
F
CBap
62
Cal
82
F
UCRiv
49
Sac
62
F
UNLV
54
UCLA
71
F
PorSt
75
HI
83
F

Nov 15, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Missouri State (2-2)

30

26

56

(21) Xavier (4-0)

32

27

59

No. 21 Xavier holds on for 59-56 win over Missouri State
Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:58 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) Paul Scruggs saw an opening and went to the basket for the shot that would finally give No. 21 Xavier some breathing room.

Scruggs scored 14 points and made a layup with 11.6 seconds left Friday night, helping the Musketeers hold off Missouri State for a 59-56 victory.

The Musketeers (4-0) never trailed but couldn't shake clear of the team picked to win the Missouri Valley Conference. The Bears (2-2) tied it at 56, but Xavier made a free throw and two big plays in the closing seconds.

Coach Travis Steele sensed his players got comfortable after running out to a 10-0 lead.

"I felt when we got up early, our guys thought it would be easy," Steele said. "I could tell by their faces and eyes in the huddle."

Instead, it would come down to the closing seconds.

After Naji Marshall's free throw broke the tie, Tyrique Jones missed a jumper but got the rebound and passed it out. Scruggs got the ball and saw an opening for a layup and a 59-56 lead.

"I had an open lane and I took it," Scruggs said.

Steele was going to call a timeout until he saw the ball go to Scruggs.

"The clock was dwindling down and I almost called timeout but I saw the ball get swung to Paul and said, `We're just going to let this thing roll,"' Steele said. "He's fearless. He's ready for that moment."

The Bears missed a pair of 3-point shots in the closing seconds. Lamont West and Keandre Cook scored 13 points apiece for the Bears, who had 22 turnovers.

"We haven't been playing very well," coach Dana Ford said. "But I take encouragement from a game like this. The way we've been playing, we could have come in here and lost by 20. We're playing better than we were."

Jones added 15 points and six rebounds but had five of Xavier's 15 turnovers. The Musketeers again struggled to make perimeter shots, going 5 of 23 from beyond the arc against the Bears' 1-3-1 zone defense.

The Musketeers were coming off a ragged 63-58 overtime victory over Missouri. They blew a 15-point lead and rallied from behind to send it overtime on Marshall's 3-pointer late in regulation.

On Friday, the Musketeers opened with a 10-0 run that included a 3-pointer by Quentin Goodin and prompted Missouri State to call a timeout to get settled down. The Bears kept it close the rest of the way, tying it twice in the second half.

The Bears also took advantage of 10 Xavier turnovers in the first half and trailed 32-30 at the break.

West's 3-pointer tied it at 36 early in the second half, but Scruggs hit a layup and a 3 as Xavier rebuilt the lead 49-40. The Musketeers couldn't break free, however, repeatedly missing open outside shots. Gaige Prim's fast-break dunk tied it at 56 with 1:29 to go.

BIG PICTURE

Missouri State: The Bears are 6-39 all-time against Top 25 teams. Their last win over a ranked team was 77-65 over No. 21 Creighton on Dec. 28, 2011.

Xavier: The Musketeers came in shooting 20.6% from beyond the arc this season and were coming off a 3-for-21 performance against Missouri.

"We're taking the 3s we want and we're taking the 3s we can hit," said Scruggs, who was 2 of 5 beyond the arc. "We just need to get in the gym and make more shots."

SEEN YOU SOON?

Both teams head to the Charleston Classic next week and could face each other again. They had never played before Friday.

HIT THE ROAD

All of Xavier's four games have been at the Cintas Center, where the Musketeers are 262-41 all-time.

THEY REMEMBER

Fans chanted Jared Ridder's name during timeouts. The sophomore committed to Xavier in 2016 but left a year later to return to his hometown and play with Missouri State. He got hurt in the first game and hasn't played since.

CLOSING IN

West needs 12 points to reach 1,000 for his career. The graduate student transferred from West Virginia.

T'D UP

Xavier fans chanted "Myles Garrett!" when Prim got a technical foul for throwing the ball in the first half. The Browns star was suspended indefinitely Friday by the NFL for pulling the helmet off Pittsburgh's Mason Rudolph and hitting the quarterback with it.

UP NEXT

Missouri State plays Miami in the Charleston Classic on Thursday.

Xavier plays Towson in the Charleston Classic on Thursday.

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Leaders

Missouri State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Hall 0 0 1 1 0 0
F. Cooper Jr. 0 0 0 1 0 0
Xavier PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Bishop 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Jones 15 0 0 6 0 1

Team Comparison

MOSt Xav
Points For 56 59
Field Goals 21/44-48% 22/53-42%
Three Pointers 5/13-38% 5/23-22%
Free Throws 9/11-82% 10/15-67%
Offensive Rebounds 5 11
Defensive Rebounds 22 18
Rebounds 29 33
Blocks 2 4
Steals 5 10
Turnovers 22 15
Personal Fouls 15 15
Technical Fouls 4 1
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Xav Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Fri Nov 15 MOSt 56 @ Xav 59 T. Da Silva 4 J. Carter 2

Game Information

Stadium: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Attendance: 10,463
Game Time: