NCAAB Game Recap - DePaul at Xavier
Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:00 PM EST

KansSt
66
Baylor
85
F
Dayt
62
GMas
55
F
ColSt
60
SDSU
66
F
Duke
101
Wake
113
F(2OT)
KY
69
TexAM
60
F
Miss
58
Aub
67
F
Iowa
70
MSU
78
F
TxTch
51
Okla
65
F
TCU
59
IaSt
65
F
DeP
67
Xav
78
F
Buff
69
Ohio
80
F
MiaO
61
Kent
74
F
NIU
73
E MI
71
F
LaSal
49
David
74
F
Toled
93
CenMI
81
F
Akr
60
BGSU
78
F
W MI
61
Ball
71
F
MOSt
74
Valpa
89
F
Drake
60
LoyIL
64
F
Tul
57
Tuls
62
F
Mem
53
SMU
58
F
Nev
73
Wyo
68
F
Clem
59
GaTec
68
F
Alab
73
MisSt
80
F
NCSU
79
UNC
85
F
SJSU
56
UtSt
94
F

Xavier 78, DePaul 67

Feb 25, 2020, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

DePaul (14-14)

36

31

67

Xavier (18-10)

44

34

78

Marshall scores 23, Xavier pulls away from DePaul 78-67
Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:55 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) Xavier coach Travis Steele shows his players video of Buster Douglas overcoming a knockdown to upset Mike Tyson for the heavyweight title in 1990. They got the point.

Naji Marshall scored 23 points Tuesday night and Xavier recovered from its worst offensive game of the season by hitting 3s and pulling away to a 78-67 victory over DePaul.

Xavier (18-10, 7-8 Big East) was coming off a 64-55 loss to No. 12 Villanova, the fewest points the Musketeers had scored in a game at the Cintas Center since 2012-13.

"After that loss, we took practice very seriously," said Marshall, who made eight of his 13 shots. "Guys got in the gym, worked on their jump shots, worked on film. Guys locked in the last two days and it showed on the court."

Steele's history lesson from one of boxing's biggest upsets seemed to get their attention.

"We get to write our own story," Steele said. "Also, we want them to get the reality of where we are and to play with the sense of urgency that we need."

They made 10 shots from beyond the arc in the first half while pulling ahead by double-digits against the league's last-place team. Xavier finished with a season-high 12 3-pointers on 25 attempts.

Xavier's Tyrique Jones got into foul trouble and had his streak of double-doubles snapped at nine straight games, one shy of the school record shared by Tyrone Hill (1989-90) and David West (2002-03). Jones finished with nine points and five rebounds in 29 minutes.

Romero Weems scored 16 points for DePaul (14-14, 2-13), and Paul Reed had 14 points and 16 rebounds. The Blue Demons dominated the boards 40-25 but had 22 turnovers.

"Once you give them a little bit of an opening, they become even better and more inspired and confident," DePaul coach Dave Leitao said. "I thought that's what happened early."

Three-point shooting has been a shortcoming for Xavier this season, but the Musketeers went 10-of-19 from beyond the arc in the first half. Marshall led the way, scoring 16 points and overcoming a right shoulder injury that sent him to the bench briefly.

Marshall's 3 pushed the lead to 37-24, and Xavier was ahead 44-36 at halftime.

Xavier had five turnovers before the first media timeout in the second half, helping DePaul cut the lead to 50-47. The Blue Demons turned the ball over seven times in a five-minute span, helping Xavier rebuild the lead to 61-48 and close it out.

"We turned the ball over an alarming rate, especially close to the basket," Leitao said.

BIG PICTURE

DePaul: The Blue Demons are wrapping up a season that started with great promise and imploded when conference play began. They won their first nine games and went 12-1 in non-conference play.

Xavier: The Musketeers needed to beat the Big East's bottom team to protect their NCAA Tournament credentials. They're one win away from getting to .500 in the Big East after starting 2-6.

SERIES STUFF

Xavier leads the series 16-10, taking 11 of the last 12 games.

DOMINATED UP FRONT

Xavier came into the game leading the Big East in offensive rebounds and rebounding margin, but couldn't keep up with DePaul's front line. The Blue Demons had 15 offensive rebounds, eight by Reed.

"It's kind of disappointing that we let down that end of the bargain this time," Marshall said.

OUCH!

Weems got hit in the back of the head with 11:36 left and went to the locker room for an exam. He returned a few minutes later and finished with a team high in points.

UP NEXT

DePaul plays at Butler on Saturday. The Blue Demons knocked off then-No. 5 Butler 79-66 on Jan. 14. Since then, they've lost nine of 10.

Xavier plays at Georgetown on Sunday. The Musketeers beat the Hoyas 66-57 at the Cintas Center on Jan. 22.

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Leaders

DePaul PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Malonga 0 0 0 1 0 0
P. Xidias 0 0 0 0 0 0
Xavier PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Moore 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. James 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

DeP Xav
Points For 67 78
Field Goals 29/61-48% 28/56-50%
Three Pointers 6/18-33% 12/25-48%
Free Throws 3/6-50% 10/15-67%
Offensive Rebounds 15 6
Defensive Rebounds 25 19
Rebounds 43 26
Blocks 8 8
Steals 8 10
Turnovers 22 14
Personal Fouls 18 10
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Xav Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Feb 4 Xav 67 @ DeP 59 B. Moore 1 N. Ongenda 2
Tue Feb 25 DeP 67 @ Xav 78 N. Ongenda 2 L. Schrand 1

Game Information

Stadium: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Attendance: 10,224
Game Time: