NCAA Game Summary - Bowling Green at Xavier
(Saturday, December 7)
Final Score: Xavier 85, Bowling Green 73 (OT)
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Semaj Christon led the way with 22 points as the Xavier Musketeers downed the Bowling Green Falcons in overtime, 85-73, in a non-conference battle at the Cintas Center.
James Farr and Isaiah Philmore each added 15 points for the Musketeers (6-3), while Myles Davis chipped in with 14 points.
For the Falcons (3-5), Richaun Holmes led all scorers with 26 points and added five blocks, while Anthony Anderson and Jehvon Clarke each scored 13.
Bowling Green shot 42.3 percent from the field to open the game and led at the break, 33-29. Xavier connected on 52.6 percent of its field goal tries in the first half but turned the ball over 11 times before intermission which resulted in 15 points for the Falcons.
After halftime, the Musketeers turned the ball over only three times and knocked down 56 percent of their shots from the field, including 2-of-2 from 3-point distance. The Falcons struggled from the floor in the half, making only 38.2 percent of their field goal attempts, missing all but one of their eight tries from beyond the arc. After seeing an 11-point lead with under six minutes to play completely evaporated, Xavier found themselves behind in the final seconds. Trailing by two, 68-66 with just six seconds to play, Christon was fouled and knocked down two free-throws to send the game to overtime.
In the extra session, the Musketeers opened with an 8-2 run to take the early lead and scored the final nine points of overtime to secure the victory.
Xavier had the edge on points in the paint, 38-32, The Musketeers got much more production from their reserves, with the Xavier bench outscoring their Falcon counterparts, 39-12.
12/07 19:34:43 ET