Baylor and Colorado gave the Xavier Musketeers a lesson in humility by giving the sixth ranked team beatings out west.
Baylor drubbed Xavier on December 3rd by 15 points (76-61) Colorado took Xavier down 68-66.
A hard fall means a high bounce if you're made of the right material. To that end Xavier has defeated Utah, who came into the contest 7-2 by a 77-69 tally. Then defeated an 8-2 Wake Forest in the Skip Prosser Classic in a hard fought 69-65 win on Saturday.
For 11 minutes the Eagles soared over the Musketeers with an 11 point lead.
"We we the better team for about 15 minutes," head coach Jim Hayford quipped after the Musketeers completed an 85-56 win.
Edmond Sumner connected on a three-point shot and the rest of the night Xavier showed why they were ranked among the top teams in the nation.
"I was more worried about how I played on defense," Sumner said. "I had a lot of energy out there. I think I sparked us on defense and opened us up on offense. I made the right plays and let the game come to me."
The Musketeers caught the Eagles at the on three's by Treyvon Bluiett and Kaiser Gates to take a 30-28 lead at the 3:31 mark. Gates closed out the half with a three and the Musketeers led by 16 by halftime.
"They were 6-for-6 from three point range to close out the half," Hayford said. "When they shoot the ball that well they are an unbeatable team. They showed why they are in the top 10."
Bluiett led Xaver 10-2 with 16 points. Sumner finished with 14. J.P Macura added 12. Gates 4 three point shots gave him 12 for the game. Malcom Bernard chipped in with 10. Macura led the Musketeers with six rebounds which accounted for the Musketeers 36-30 rebounding edge.
"Overall that's the best I've felt," said Gates who is recovery from injury. "I felt more loose than I usually do, a little more bouncy."
Jacob Wiley led Eastern Washington 8-4 with 16 points. Felix Von Hofe was next with nine points