Scores

Final

Robert Morris 59

(1-3, 0-2 away)

Xavier 61

(3-0, 3-0 home)

    2:00 PM ET, November 17, 2012

    Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

    1 2 T
    RMU 31 2859
    XAV 36 2561

    Top Performers

    Robert Morris: V. Jones 15 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast

    Xavier: J. Martin 17 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Stl

    Xavier 61, Robert Morris 59

    Associated Press

    CINCINNATI -- Brad Redford sank both ends of a bonus free throw situation with 37.1 seconds left and Xavier held on for a 61-59 win over pesky Robert Morris on Saturday.

    Redford, previously scoreless for the game, was fouled by Lucky Jones after a ball fake in the corner and made both free throws. The Colonials (1-3) called two timeouts after regaining possession, but Karvel Anderson missed a 3-pointer from the left wing with 12 seconds left.

    Robert Morris maintained possession after a held ball, but Velton Jones couldn't connect on a leaner and Coron Williams missed a desperation 3-pointer as he was falling out of bounds.

    Justin Martin scored a career-high 17 points and Dee Davis added 15 for the Musketeers (3-0).

    Freshman Semaj Christon, who set Xavier's single-game freshman assist record with eight in the Musketeers' 62-47 win over Butler on Tuesday, finished with 12 and a team-high six assists in just his second career game and first start. Christon missed Xavier's opener while recovering from an infection.

    Martin, who scored a combined 21 points in Xavier's first two games, was 6 of 9 from the field, including a career-high four 3-pointers in six tries.

    The Musketeers overcame a season-high 15 turnovers to go 3-0 for the fifth straight season and improved to 4-0 in their series against Robert Morris (1-3).

    Anderson led the upset-minded Colonials with a career-high 17 points. Velton Jones added 15 for Robert Morris.

    Xavier led by as many as eight points, 43-35, on a Jeff Robinson dunk with 15:48 left in the game, but the Colonials came back to tie the score twice in the final 3:49, the second at 59-59 on a jumper by Velton Jones with 1:51 left in the game.

    The Colonials, who made just 16 of 70 3-pointers over their first three games, sank their first five and 6 of 9 in the first half, and led 19-17 with 12:28 left before halftime. Xavier countered by shooting a sizzling 65 percent (13 of 20) from the field to lead by as many as seven, 26-19, with 8:31 left before settling for a 36-31 halftime advantage on Davis's 3-pointer with 1 second left.

    The Musketeers never trailed after Christon's driving layup gave them a 21-19 lead with 11:01 left in the first half.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    RMU
    XAV
    Points 59 61
    FG Made-Attempted 23-56 (.411) 22-42 (.524)
    3P Made-Attempted 9-24 (.375) 6-17 (.353)
    FT Made-Attempted 4-4 (1.000) 11-17 (.647)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 11 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 6

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