Xavier was hitting on all cylinders in the first Big East Conference game of the season. The Musketeers had 22 assists and dominating the boards in an 82-56 win over the Providence Fryers.
The Musketeers 11-2, 1-0) had 38 rebounds to the Friars (10-4, 0-1) 20, leading to Xavier's largest margin of victory in their four-year membership in the conference.
Trevon Bluiett led everyone with 22 points and nine rebounds as he sat out the last quarter of the game when Xavier coach Chris Mack emptied the bench. Edmond Sumner had 13 points. RaShid Gaston scored 12 and J.P. Macura scored 11 as the Musketeers pulled away from the Friars.
Providence coach Ed Cooley was just empty. Waiting to face the inquisition by the press while standing in the Cintas Center hallway.
'I don't have much to say to them," Cooley said to no one in particular. "This might be the worst loss in my coaching career."
The Friars leading scorer Rodney Bullock a junior out of Hampton, Virginia had just two points and was a measly 1-for-11 from the field after coming into the game scoring 19.4 points per game. He also had half of his average of six rebounds per game.
Isaiah Jackon led Providence with 17 points. Jalen Lindsey added 15. Kalif Young led the Friars with five rebounds.
"We came out with a lot of energy and just were locked in from the get-go," Bluiett said. "We knew what they were trying to do. We tried to get Bullock out of his comfort zone. We thought we did a pretty good job. We know his sweet spots. We tried to get him off that a little bit."
The strategy worked but the Musketeers didn't surprise the Friars but executed very well on both sides of the court.
"They did every thing we saw in the scouting report," Jackson said. "They played well in transition and shot the three very well. We have to regroup. We have another game on the road at Butler. We have to fight from the beginning. We can't dig ourselves a big hole like that."