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I am a freelance writer. I've covered the Cincinnati Reds, Bengals and others since 1992. I have a background in sales as well. I've sold consumer electronics, advertising and consumer package goods for companies ranging from the now defunct Circuit City to Procter&Gamble. I have worked as a stats operator for Xavier University, the University of Cincinnati, the College of Mount St. Joe and Colerain High School.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Xavier Remains Only Undefeated Team In The Big East - Myles Davis Returning

The Xavier Musketeers won a frenetic game against the visiting St. John's Red Storm, 97-82.

The Musketeers (13-2, 3-0) the leading rebounding team in the league shot 59 percent from the floor, including 15-for-26 from 3-point range but were out rebounded 38-36.

St. John (8-9, 2-2) shot 10-for-27 from 3-point range to stay close.

"We played really unselfish," Xavier head coach Chris Mack said.  "We were finding the open man.  We made an emphasis to get the ball in the lane. We had the game plan to get them in foul trouble and we did that."

St. John committed 25 fouls.  Xavier converted 19 of 32 from the foul line.  Xavier fouled 22 times and St. John's shot 80 percent from the line (20-25).

St. John's is a young team with just one senior.

"We are young and inexperienced," St. John's coach Chris Mullin said. "We try not to use that as an excuse but were are trying to get better while winning. We were porous in the first half.  We have to learn to defend better."

Six Musketeers scored 10 points or more.

Edmond Sumner led the Musketeers with 20 points.  Kaiser Gates had 17.  Trevon Bluiett bounced back from a game in which he scored just one point to post 15.  J.P. Macura had 14. Malcolm Bernard and freshman Tyrique Jones scored 10.

Marcul LoVett, red-shirt freshman from Ft. Wayne, Indiana led all scorers with 32. Shamorie Ponds added 21 and Bashir Ahmed scored 10 for St. John's. Ponds had a game-high seven rebounds.

'The scary part is they are all ffreshmen," Mack said.

Mack also announced that veteran Myles Davis will be added to the active roster for the first time this season.  Davis served a 15-game disciplinary suspension.

"He will be no different than the other 14 players on the team," Mack said.  "He met all the terms of the suspension that were presented to him.  We hope he will continue to make the right choices to remain part of this team."

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