NCAA Game Summary - Xavier vs. Drexel
(Friday, November 23)
Final Score: Xavier 69, Drexel 65
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Semaj Christon led four Musketeers in double figures with 23 points as Xavier defeated the Drexel Dragons, 69-65, in the second round of the DirectTV Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena.
Christon was 10-of-14 shooting from the floor and added six assists in the Xavier (4-1) victory. Justin Martin chipped in 12 points and nine rebounds. Jeff Robinson and Dee Davis added 13 and 11 points, respectively.
The Dragons (1-4) were paced by Damion Lee's 19 points. Frantz Massenat got into the mix with 18 points and four assists. Tavon Allen also contributed 13 points off the bench in the setback.
The first half ended with a Drexel on top, 27-26. Xavier trailed at the intermission despite shooting 5-of-8 from beyond the arc while Drexel converted just 1-of-6 attempts from distance. The Dragons were able to capitalize on the Musketeers' miscues to score 12 points off of turnovers while limiting Xavier managed no points off of turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.
Xavier took the lead just after the second half tipped off and never looked back. Despite Drexel holding Xavier to just 2-of-9 shooting from behind the three-point line, the Musketeers managed to outscore the Daragons 43-38 during the course of the second half.
The Musketeers outrebounded the Dragons, 27-19, and limiting themselves to only 11 turnovers. Xavier will play Drake for fifth place in the final round of the tournament on Sunday. The Dragons will look for their first win of the event versus the Rice Owls in the seventh place game, which will also take place on Sunday.
11/24 00:06:01 ET