CINCINNATI, Ohio – Drew Lavender scored 28 points and dished a career-high 10 assists as No. 21 Xavier snapped a three-game losing streak against Creighton with a 79-66 win at a sold-out Cintas Center over the Bluejays.
Xavier improved to 7-1, while Creighton fell from the ranks of the unbeaten and is 5-1 heading into a Sunday home game against fellow Atlantic-10 school Saint Joseph’s.
Tied at 25 late in the first half, Xavier unleashed a 22-4 run, including a 10-0 burst to open that surge. Lavender had nine of his 17 first-half points during that spurt, which helped the Musketeers take a 47-32 lead into the intermission.
Creighton did close to within nine at 65-56 with 5:15 to play, only to see XU score the next six points. The Jays would not get closer than nine the rest of the way.
Freshman P’Allen Stinnett led Creighton with 12 points, all in the second half, and was the only Bluejay in double-figures. Josh Dotzler had eight points on 4-of-4 shooting and also led CU with six rebounds and five assists. CU shot 45.9 percent from the field, but just 3-of-7 at the line and missed all 10 shots from three-point land in the second half.
Xavier had four players in double-figures, paced by Lavender’s season-high 28 points. B.J. Raymond had 15 points, while Derrick Brown had 13 points and eight rebounds while C.J. Anderson had 11 points for the victors. Xavier shot 50 percent for the game, but made 58.6 percent from the field and 6-of-7 (85.7 percent) in the first half when the game was decided.
Creighton dropped to 2-61 all-time in true road games against ranked teams, including 23 straight setbacks since a 1978 win over an Indiana State team led by Larry Bird.
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