The Xavier Musketeers finish its pre-season tuneup with a 97-67 win at 2:00 p.m. against the Northwood Timberwolves of the Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).
Jalen Reynolds will replace Matt Stainbrook as the big man in the middle. Myles Davis will take the point guard spot, manned by Dee Davis the last three seasons.
Freshman Edmond Sumner from Detroit Country Day will crack the lineup for the Musketeers who were selected to finish third in the Big East. Sumner is 6'6" and 183 pounds with great natural instincts for the game. He is very athletic and promises to be a force in the Xavier offense as he gains experience and confidence.
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Northwood was picked to finish sixth in the GLIAC.
The Northwood men’s basketball team enters the 2015-16 season with a new-look lineup. Sixth-year head coach Jeff Rekeweg will rely on some of the best backcourt players in the GLIAC and a different core up front.
Senior guard Maurice Jones and Dylan Langkabel will lead the way for the Timberwolves. Jones averaged 14.8 points, 6.6 assists and 2.4 steals per game a year ago, while Langkabel averaged 15.6 points per game. NU also returns guards Jermaine Myers and Nick Spitzley, each of whom were key contributors for the Timberwolves a year ago. The big question for Northwood will replacing their production from Will Bowles, who led the team in scoring (15.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.9 rpg). PJ Weaver, Charlie Ryan, Matt Crowl and Casey Boyle will all see significant time up front for the Timberwolves. Other players expected to be key contributors for Northwood this season include Brad Schaub, Zach Allread and Jarel Wooldridge.
Xavier will host the Miami of Ohio Redhawks on Friday the 13th in its season opener.
Maurice Jones, a transfer who started for two season at USC, led all scorers with 20 points. Jermaine Myers added 11. Jones also led the Timberwolves with six rebounds and four assists.
Xavier had five players in double figures led by Sumner with 17. Bluiett, Abell and J.P. Macura all scored 14 points. Larry Austin Jr. contributed 12 points.
"Edmond (Sumner) played well on offense but has to learn to play better defense," Mack said. "He had to guard a 5'8" water bug but he will have to learn to guard them."
Bluiett led Xavier with nine rebounds. Reynolds had seven. James Farr had seven as well. Davis dealt seven assists in his new point guard role.
"I thought it was a choppy game," Coach Chris Mack said. "Since we've had officials come in to call our practices, we haven't fouled this much. Give credit to Maurice Jones, he's a talent at any level. We have to learn to defend without fouling. We have to adjust to how the game is going to be called. We didn't finish off the game. We had 11 turnovers in the second half. We gave up 13 offensive rebounds. No disrespect to Northwood but they're not the athletes we are going to face the rest of the season."