Xavier defeats DePaul, 84-64

Xavier used a 14-0 run bridging the first and second halves Tuesday to run away with an 84-64 victory against DePaul at Cintas Center.

The seventh-ranked Musketeers clung to a 34-31 lead late in the first half but scored the final seven points of the period to lead by 10 points at the break. A quick 7-0 spurt to open the second half gave Xavier a 48-31 lead.

“When the train is going in the direction that it’s going for them, Dave Leitao said, “then you’ve got to throw a heck of a haymaker to make a difference. We didn’t do that. … The last 2:37 of the [first] half we kind of let it get away.”

DePaul (6-11, 0-5 Big East) cut its deficit back to 14 points with 13:14 remaining when junior guard Billy Garrett Jr. hit a jumper. Xavier freshman Kaiser Gates responded with three straight baskets to reach a new career-high of 11 points while effectively ending DePaul’s comeback hopes.

While Gates had a breakout performance, Xavier (15-1, 3-1 Big East) was led by sophomore guard Trevon Bluiett, who exploded for a career-high 24 points on 7-of-14 shooting.

Senior forward Myke Henry led DePaul with 16 points and eight rebounds.

Although the Blue Demons shot 11-of-27 (40.2 percent) from 3-point range, they netted only 12-of-31 (38.7 percent) on two-pointers.

Author: Jesse Kramer

Jesse Kramer is the founder of The Catch and Shoot. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has had work featured on SI.com, College Insider, The Comeback/Awful Announcing, and 247Sports.

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