NCAAB Game Recap - Xavier at Towson
Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:00 PM EST

Duke
87
Cal
52
F
TNSt
57
TxTch
72
F
SDSt
64
Ariz
71
F
Vill
98
MidTN
69
F
Xav
73
Tows
51
F
Tex
66
GTown
82
F
Ohio
53
Baylor
76
F
(N/A)
63
Hartfo
78
F
MOSt
70
Mia-FL
74
F
ChBap
58
AbCh
90
F
MisSt
80
Tul
66
F
Fla
70
StJos
62
F
LoyMa
78
AF
64
F
(N/A)
59
Kent
89
F
StAnd
69
UNCA
105
F
(N/A)
56
Alc
92
F
Duques
74
IndSt
71
F
(N/A)
44
NCC
68
F
(N/A)
44
UCRiv
76
F
(N/A)
58
StFNY
122
F
WCU
96
Jacksn
94
F(2OT)
(N/A)
50
Colg
89
F
Charl
55
App
64
F
NebOm
85
WaSt
77
F
NFla
68
Iowa
83
F
(N/A)
50
Hamp
93
F
Woff
55
SoFL
69
F
ArkPB
41
Pitt
66
F
YSU
60
Akr
82
F
AlaAM
51
Clem
87
F
Utah
57
CoCar
79
F
TNTec
61
Winth
58
F
MD-ES
64
Okla
91
F
UCIrv
58
TCU
59
F
CenMI
57
Minn
82
F
RobM
62
IL-C
72
F
Leh
58
Drake
74
F
How
63
Marsh
91
F
Toled
62
ND
64
F(OT)
Lamar
74
UtVal
68
F
ULLa
61
Wyo
69
F(OT)
NM
78
NMSt
77
F
WIGB
70
Wisc
88
F
Buff
68
UConn
79
F
W&M
50
Stan
81
F
Hof
88
UCLA
78
F

Xavier 73, Towson 51

Nov 21, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(18) Xavier (5-0)

31

42

73

Towson (2-3)

20

31

51

Jones leads No. 18 Xavier to 73-51 victory over Towson
Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:22 PM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) No. 18 Xavier came down to the Charleston Classic with something to prove. The Musketeers took the first step toward that goal Thursday night.

Tyrique Jones had 12 and 12 rebounds as Xavier put away Towson 73-51 to start the eight-team tournament. The Musketeers have heard the questions some have about their undefeated start, about the close calls at home and lack of significant challenges early in their schedule.

"Most definitely" Xavier has a mission this weekend said junior Paul Scruggs, among four Musketeers in double figures.

"That's what we talk about, how no matter where we are, we want to be the same," he said.

And right now, that's another perfect start. Xavier improved to 5-0 for the second time in three seasons and the first time since the 2017-18 club went 29-6, won the Big East regular-season crown and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

"We still haven't played our best basketball," guard Bryce Moore said. "We just want to stick to our standards and do what we know we can do."

This Xavier group just might have the pieces for another special season as long as Jones keeps playing like this. The dynamic 6-foot-9 senior had a rim-rattling jam early in the second half and finished with the second double-double of the season and 12th of his college career.

The Musketeers will face UConn in the eight-team tournament Friday night for a spot in the championship game. UConn beat Buffalo 79-68 later Thursday night.

Xavier opened a double-digit lead with a 15-6 run midway through the opening half. Scruggs had a pair of baskets to start things, Dahmir Bishop hit a three, Scruggs added another bucket and Carter finished things with two fouls and an inside basket to put the Musketeers up 15-6.

The Tigers (2-3) struggled against Xavier's relentless pressure, turning the ball over on three straight positions. They weren't much more successful when they held onto the ball, going 1 of 14 from the field during one brutal stretch of the period.

Towson got a bit of a lift heading to the locker room as Jakigh Dottin made about a 35-footer as time ran out to draw his team to 31-20 at the break. Still, the Tigers could not get their shots to fall, finishing just 18 of 59 from the field.

Towson came in off a competitive loss to Florida, 66-60, and coach Pat Skerry hoped his team could hang in with Xavier, too. "They're not as tall as Florida but they're built like bowling balls," Skerry said.

Jason Carter finished with 13 points and Bryce Moore added 12 points for Xavier, including a four-point play with 9:50 to go.

BIG PICTURE

Towson: The Tigers won't be back home for a game until Dec. 10. They'll be very used to each other after this seven-game stretch that started at with a loss at Florida a week ago and ends at Vermont on Dec. 7.

Xavier: The Musketeers first four wins all came at home and, while they were not all easy, there was a comfort to not leaving the gym. This week in Charleston is a big test for Xavier, which could wind up playing Florida or Miami in its tournament game Sunday night - either for third place or for its third in-season title in the past five seasons.

BODY LANGUAGE

Paul Scruggs knew when teammate Tyrique Jones was scowling, gesturing and showing emotion, it would be a long game for Towson. Scruggs says his senior teammate is demonstrative that's a strong sign he's ready to play. "We know he's locked in," Scuggs said.

Along with his double-figure points and rebounds, Jones had three assists and a block.

PROVING COACH RIGHT

Pat Skerry said he told his team he came to Charleston because he believed his team was up to the challenge of facing solid programs like Xavier and UConn. But he said his club made too many mental errors against the Musketeers to stay in it. "Now, it's their job to make sure I knew what I was doing" by coming here, he said with a smile.

UP NEXT

Towson will play the Buffalo-UConn loser Friday.

Xavier will play the Buffalo-UConn winner Friday.

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Leaders

Xavier PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Carter 13 0 1 9 1 0
B. Moore 12 0 1 2 2 0
Towson PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
N. Timberlake 0 0 0 3 0 0
B. Fobbs 14 0 2 4 1 1

Team Comparison

Xav Tows
Points For 73 51
Field Goals 27/57-47% 18/59-31%
Three Pointers 9/22-41% 4/16-25%
Free Throws 10/14-71% 11/18-61%
Offensive Rebounds 11 11
Defensive Rebounds 34 21
Rebounds 49 35
Blocks 5 3
Steals 7 4
Turnovers 12 10
Personal Fouls 18 16
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Thu Nov 21 Xav 73 @ Tows 51 D. James 3 D. Tunstall 2

Game Information

Stadium: TD Arena, Charleston, South Carolina
Attendance: 0
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