NCAAB Game Recap - Western Carolina at Xavier
Wed Dec 18, 2019 6:30 PM EST

UNC
81
Gonz
94
F
MiaO
46
Lou
70
F
KY
66
Utah
69
F
Mont
48
Oreg
81
F
Stony
44
UVA
56
F
Baylor
91
TN-M
63
F
MSU
77
NW
72
F
SDCh
48
SDSU
92
F
Tenn
66
Cin
78
F
CenCT
60
Dart
76
F
InWor
82
CenAR
88
F(OT)
OrSt
88
TexSA
78
F
LoyIL
78
Vand
70
F
WCU
61
Xav
74
F
(N/A)
47
How
105
F
USC-Up
73
SCSt
70
F
StPet
56
UConn
66
F
BethC
65
UCF
70
F
UNCG
54
Vermt
53
F
ETSU
74
LSU
63
F
IL-C
66
IlSt
67
F
Valpa
87
HiPt
72
F
(N/A)
61
W MI
84
F
Niag
70
StBon
87
F
Jacksn
81
Presb
58
F
Rich
62
OlDom
59
F
UNH
64
Maris
56
F
Merrim
60
LaSal
74
F
TNSt
72
IndSt
78
F
Ball
65
GaTec
47
F
DeP
73
Clev
65
F
VACom
76
Charl
71
F
Canis
73
Buff
82
F
HBU
68
SFA
96
F
Alab
105
Samf
87
F
NWSt
79
SamH
92
F
KennSt
44
Belm
83
F
Bingha
55
YSU
73
F
ULLa
67
ArkSt
79
F
FlGlf
56
SDSt
75
F
(N/A)
64
WIGB
126
F
Hamp
53
SIU
75
F
TXAMC
58
Nich
64
F
AbCh
77
NOrl
71
F
Radf
68
MisSt
77
F
SeLA
73
Lamar
79
F(OT)
Oakl
62
Syr
74
F
SoFL
74
UtSt
76
F(OT)
DelSt
80
JacSt
92
F
Albany
57
StJon
85
F
PaulQ
67
McNee
109
F
UtVal
69
Wyo
67
F
ArkPB
40
NMSt
65
F
StMar
96
AzSt
56
F
South
61
CBap
78
F
SJSU
84
SCla
89
F
TXSo
73
Nev
91
F
Pacif
74
UNLV
66
F
CAPoly
56
Sac
57
F

Dec 18, 2019, 6:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Western Carolina (7-3)

29

32

61

Xavier (10-2)

32

42

74

Goodin leads Xavier to 74-61 victory over Western Carolina
Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:48 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) After the loss to Wake Forest on Saturday, Xavier head coach Travis Steele met with his senior players and challenged them to improve their play. On Wednesday night, point guard Quentin Goodin was the one who responded.

Goodin scored a career-high 25 points and Jason Carter added 16, helping Xavier hold off Western Carolina 74-61 at Cintas Center.

The Musketeers' point guard was 9-of-11 shooting and 4-for-4 from three-point range helping them overcome the absence of leading scorer Naji Marshall and 18 turnovers to improve to 10-2.

���He gave us reality,” said Goodin, of the meeting with Steele. “He just upped the standard. It's him just trying to get us better. He stays on us. If he doesn't keep pushing us, we're not going to reach our expectations.”

Freshman forward Zach Freemantle added 13 points for the Musketeers who were without Marshall after the junior forward came down with a stomach virus. Marshall averages 16.9 points and 5.9 rebounds.

“He got sick late last night," Steele said. "We tried giving him fluids today. He wanted to play but just couldn't do it. (Athletic trainer) David Fluker made the decision about two hours before the game.”

Xavier, coming off an 80-78 loss at Wake Forest, built an 11-point lead in the first half, but without Marshall they struggled to score.

The Musketeers went more than three minutes without scoring in the first half and missed nine straight shots. Second-leading scorer Paul Scruggs had five points and six turnovers in the half.

The Catamounts went on a 10-0 run and tied the score 21-21 late in the half.

Xavier led by three points at halftime behind Goodin's 10 points.

“He played like a senior,” Steele said. “I thought he took good shots. He didn't force things. He had command and that's what he needs to do.”

But Western Carolina built a seven-point lead within the first five minutes of the second half, and Steele called two timeouts within 23 seconds to stem the tide. This came during a four-minute stretch in which the Catamounts scored 21 points.

“For everybody who wasn't in the huddle, I'll keep it clean," Goodin said. "We just had to get everybody together and get this right. Giving up that many points like that was not a good look.”

The Musketeers responded with a 13-2 run over six minutes to regain the lead. A three-pointer by Carter put Xavier up 67-57 with 3:40 left. Goodin wrapped up the scoring with his fourth three-pointer of the night.

“I didn't see this game coming,” said Goodin of his career night. “I wanted to be more aggressive. I knew we didn't have Naji.”

PROSSER CLASSIC

The Skip Prosser Classic honoring former Xavier and Wake Forest head coach Skip Prosser was expanded this season to include Wednesday's game against Western Carolina, which is coached by Prosser's son, Mark. Skip Prosser was head coach at Xavier from 1994 to 2001. He coached Wake Forest from 2001 to his death in 2007. “This (game) was a little different for me,” Mark Prosser said. “My personal feelings didn't impact our kids. They play hard no matter what. To honor my father in this way is very special for my family. It was fun to be a part of it.”

BIG PICTURE

Despite having four returning starters from last season, Xavier has struggled to find its rhythm on offense. The absence of Marshall was a factor on Wednesday, but taking care of the ball has been an ongoing issue. The Musketeers average more than 13 turnovers. On Wednesday, they had 11 of their 18 turnovers by halftime. The 18 turnovers are tied for the most since Xavier had 18 in a loss to Florida on Nov. 24. The season-high for the Musketeers is 21 in an overtime win over UConn on Nov. 22.

UP NEXT

Western Carolina plays at Tennessee Tech on Saturday

Xavier visits TCU on Sunday.

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Leaders

Western Carolina PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. McCray 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Sledd 0 0 0 1 1 0
Xavier PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. James 0 0 0 1 0 0
K. Tandy 0 0 0 3 0 0

Team Comparison

WCU Xav
Points For 61 74
Field Goals 22/61-36% 26/53-49%
Three Pointers 8/26-31% 8/17-47%
Free Throws 9/10-90% 14/17-82%
Offensive Rebounds 8 8
Defensive Rebounds 21 32
Rebounds 32 41
Blocks 3 7
Steals 8 9
Turnovers 14 18
Personal Fouls 18 13
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Dec 18 WCU 61 @ Xav 74 T. Harris 2 B. Moore 5

Game Information

Stadium: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Attendance: 9,907
Game Time: