Story By: Sol Tucker
Photos By: Sol Tucker
It’s been quite a few years since the Hoyas have let an opponent tally the century mark at home… it also has been quite a few years since they captured their last Big East victory.
Tonight, the Hoyas opened up their Big East schedule with renewed optimism, however, the results were much the same.
“We let them get hot and when you give up 50 points in the paint, when you let 11 second chance points and 17 fast break points you know all of those things hurt. On the other end – you know we scored 89 points and usually when you score 89 points you have an opportunity to win, said Hoyas Coach Patrick Ewing.
Despite the Hoyas attempt to cut into the Musketeers lead in the second half, the close as they would come was 4 points before the lead ballooned back to 12 points.
Souley Boum scored 28 points to lead the way for Xavier. Boum had seven rebounds, seven assists, and four steals for the Musketeers (9-3). Jack Nunge scored 18 points and added 12 rebounds. Zach Freemantle finished 7 of 11 from the field and scored 17.
Xavier shot 60% from the field (41-of-68) and went 14-of-26 from 3-point range.
The loss tonight drops the Hoyas to (5-7) on the season. They were led by Primo Spears, who recorded 22 points and two steals. Qudus Wahab added 16 points and seven rebounds. Brandon Murray also had 15 points, six assists and two steals.
The Hoyas hit the road as they continue BIG EAST play on Tuesday, December 20 with a trip to Storrs, Connecticut to face the No. 3 UConn Huskies. Tipoff at Gampel Pavilion is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.