Seven is the lucky number tonight as AP # 7 Xavier won its 7th game without a defeat in an 85-55 romp over the Bison of North Dakota State.
Trevon Bluiett led four other Musketeer players who scored in double figures with 23 points.
Sean O'Mara scored 12. J.P. Macura added 11 and Malcolm Bernard chipped in 10. Bernard also controlled the boards with a game-high eight rebounds.
The Bison competed to the best of their ability with red-shirt freshman Deng Geu scoring 18 points for NDSU (5-3).
"Deng has oodles and oodles of potential," Bison coach David Richman said. 'He's struggled with his confidence. It was good to see him hit his first three. It gave him confidence."
Carlin Dupree had nine points for NDSU and four players had four rebounds but a taller, more physical Xavier team out rebounded the Bison 43-27.
"I think in the first half we played up to our standards," Bluiett said. "In the second half I think we took a step backward as far as the effort on the defensive end."
The statistics bear that out NDSU scored 33 points in the second half after putting up 22 in the first.
Xavier will fly to Waco, Texas to play Baylor on Saturday.