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Xavier pulls away to beat Siena 81-63

Xavier pulls away to beat Siena 81-63

Burns leads Saints with 19 points
Xavier pulls away to beat Siena 81-63
Xavier's Tyrique Jones, center, battles with Siena's Jalen Pickett, left, and Elijah Burns for a rebound.
Photographer: FRANK VICTORES/USA TODAY SPORTS

CINCINNATI -- Siena opened the second half with a three-pointer by Elijah Burns to get within six of No. 19/21 Xavier at Cintas Center Friday night, but the Musketeers gradually pulled away for an 81-63 victory.

Naji Marshall and Tyrique Jones each scored 20 points for Xavier (2-0), and Elijah Burns (19 points) and Jalen Pickett (18) nearly matched that.

The Musketeers had a 24-7 advantage in bench points.

Siena (1-1) scored the first six points of the game and led until the Musketeers tied it at 15-15 at 10:31 of the first half.

After Marshall's three with 9:09 left put Xavier ahead 18-15, the Saints trailed the rest of the way.

Burns' layup 51 seconds before halftime brought Siena within 38-33. Two free throws by Marshall and a jumper by Jason Carter with aa second left gave Xavier a 42-33 lead at the half.

The Musketeers led by as much as 27, 67-40 midway through the second half.

Donald Carey scored 11 points for Siena.

Jones scored his 20 points in just 20 minutes, making eight of 12 field goals.

Xavier outrebounded the Saints 43-34.

SIENA (63)
Jl.Pickett 7-12 3-4 18, D.Carey 3-10 5-8 11, Camper 2-4 2-4 6, E.Burns 6-11 5-8 19, Jr.King 1-6 0-0 3, G.Harris Jr 1-5 0-0 2, Hein 1-4 0-0 2, Ratliff 0-2 0-0 0, Sutherland 0-0 0-0 0, Ky.Young 0-1 1-2 1, Friday IV 0-1 1-2 1, Mahala 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-56 17-28 63.
XAVIER (81)
Na.Marshall 7-18 5-5 20, Goodin 3-7 0-1 7, D.Bishop 1-4 1-3 4, Schrand 0-2 1-2 1, By.Moore 1-4 5-6 8, Ti.Jones 8-12 4-6 20, Freemantle 2-4 3-4 7, J.Carter 3-7 2-2 9, Dn.James 1-3 0-0 3, Hanson 1-1 0-2 2, Cody 0-0 0-0 0, R.Singh 0-1 0-0 0, Swetye 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-63 21-31 81.
Halftime—Xavier 42-33. 3-Point Goals—Siena 4-19 (E.Burns 2-4, Jl.Pickett 1-3, Jr.King 1-5, Camper 0-1, Ratliff 0-1, Hein 0-2, D.Carey 0-3), Xavier 6-19 (J.Carter 1-1, Goodin 1-2, By.Moore 1-2, D.Bishop 1-3, Dn.James 1-3, Na.Marshall 1-7, Schrand 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Siena 34 (Camper 7), Xavier 43 (Na.Marshall 8). Assists—Siena 9 (Jr.King 3), Xavier 16 (Na.Marshall 7). Total Fouls—Siena 25, Xavier 20. A—NA.

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