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Sumner has 14, No. 17 Xavier beats Eastern Washington 85-56

CINCINNATI (AP) Edmond Sumner ditched the tape on his injured finger and played his best all-around game, a good sign for No. 17 Xavier as it enters Big East play.

Sumner scored 12 of his 14 points while Xavier took control in the first half, and the Musketeers picked up their third straight win, 85-56 over Eastern Washington on Tuesday night.

After a sluggish start, the Musketeers (10-2) took control with a 35-8 run. Sumner ran the show, ignoring the finger injury he suffered a few games ago.

''Every time I catch or dribble the ball, it's just nagging,'' said Sumner, who had been taping together the two outside fingers on his left hand. ''I'm a little superstitious. With the tape, I felt I had no control over the ball. I had to suck it up and play through the pain.''

Sumner finished with a career-high nine assists and no turnovers. Trevon Bluiett added 16 points, and Xavier had five players score in double figures.

Jacob Wiley had 16 points for Eastern Washington (8-4) , which trailed by as many as 29 points.

''We were up 11 at the 11-minutes mark, then Xavier showed why they're a Top 10 team,'' Eastern Washington coach Jim Hayford said. ''They were 6 for 6 closing out the first half. When they shoot the ball that well, they're an unbeatable team.''

Eastern Washington made eight of its first 13 shots - including two 3s by Felix Von Hofe - against Xavier's sluggish defense for a 22-11 lead. That's when Xavier turned it on, finishing the half on a 35-8 surge.

''We clamped down after sleep walking for the first 8 minutes or so,'' coach Chris Mack said.

Kaiser Gates hit three of Xavier's seven 3s during the spurt and finished with a season-high 12 points . Gates, a sophomore forward, had knee surgery before the start of the season and missed the first five games. He's struggled to get back in form, making only 4 of 17 from behind the arc before Tuesday night.

''Overall I'd say it's the best I've felt,'' Gates said. ''I felt a lot more loose than usual, a little more bouncy.''

BIG PICTURE

Eastern Washington: The Eagles are 1-24 all-time against ranked teams, including losses this season to Texas and Xavier. Their only win over a ranked team was 68-67 over No. 10 Saint Joseph's on Nov. 15, 2001.

Xavier: Sumner showed no problems handling the ball despite the sore finger. He made all of his four shots in the first half - two from beyond the arc - and two free throws.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

After consecutive road losses to Baylor and Colorado dropped them out of the Top 10, the Musketeers have stabilized with their three straight wins.

VON HOFE HURT

Von Hofe, who is Eastern Washington's top 3-point shooter, hurt his left shoulder while going for a loose ball with 5:21 left in the game and went to the bench. He wore a sling at the end of the game. Von Hofe finished with nine points, going 3 of 10 from beyond the arc.

OFF THE MARK

Eastern Washington came into the game making 81.8 percent from the free throw line, second nationally to Notre Dame, but went only 9 of 18 against Xavier.

UP NEXT

Eastern Washington goes to Colorado on Thursday for the third of four straight road games. The Eagles finish their trip at Idaho on Dec. 30.

Xavier opens Big East play against Providence at the Cintas Center on Dec. 28.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Alex Bergen 18.0
  Defensive rebound by Alex Bergen 18.0
  Jesse Hunt missed layup 20.0
+ 1 Tyrique Jones made 2nd of 2 free throws 34.0
+ 1 Tyrique Jones made 1st of 2 free throws 34.0
  Shooting foul on Luka Vulikic 34.0
  Offensive rebound by Tyrique Jones 34.0
  Kaiser Gates missed 3-pt. jump shot 34.0
  Defensive rebound by Kaiser Gates 1:02
  Jacob Wiley missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:02
+ 1 Jacob Wiley made 1st of 2 free throws 1:02
Team Stats
Points 56 85
Field Goals 20-51 (39.2%) 28-56 (50.0%)
3-Pointers 7-23 (30.4%) 11-25 (44.0%)
Free Throws 9-18 (50.0%) 18-24 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 30 36
Offensive 8 9
Defensive 21 25
Team 1 2
Assists 12 20
Steals 4 11
Blocks 6 3
Turnovers 15 8
Fouls 22 16
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST
16 PTS, 4 REB
12T
away team logo E. Wash. 8-4 302656
home team logo 17 Xavier 10-2 463985
Team Stats
away team logo E. Wash. 8-4 71.5 PPG 37.2 RPG 13.8 APG
home team logo 17 Xavier 10-2 72.0 PPG 38.7 RPG 14.8 APG
Key Players
00
J. Wiley F PPG RPG APG FG%
00
T. Bluiett G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Wiley F 16 PTS 6 REB 4 AST
T. Bluiett G 16 PTS 4 REB 0 AST
39.2 FG% 50.0
30.4 3PT FG% 44.0
50.0 FT% 75.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Wiley 16 6 4 6/10 0/0 4/6 2 39 0 5 5 2 4
F. Von Hofe 9 2 3 3/13 3/10 0/0 3 29 0 0 1 0 2
B. Bliznyuk 8 9 2 3/7 0/0 2/2 4 35 1 0 5 1 8
L. Vulikic 4 2 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 3 30 0 0 1 0 2
M. Peatling 3 2 0 1/3 1/3 0/0 3 16 0 1 1 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Wiley 16 6 4 6/10 0/0 4/6 2 39 0 5 5 2 4
F. Von Hofe 9 2 3 3/13 3/10 0/0 3 29 0 0 1 0 2
B. Bliznyuk 8 9 2 3/7 0/0 2/2 4 35 1 0 5 1 8
L. Vulikic 4 2 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 3 30 0 0 1 0 2
M. Peatling 3 2 0 1/3 1/3 0/0 3 16 0 1 1 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Gibson 6 0 0 2/2 2/2 0/0 1 7 0 0 1 0 0
G. McKay 3 4 0 1/1 0/0 1/4 0 7 1 0 0 3 1
C. Benzel 3 1 1 1/5 1/5 0/0 3 15 2 0 1 1 0
J. Hunt 3 2 0 1/3 0/1 1/4 2 7 0 0 0 1 1
S. Washington 1 1 1 0/4 0/2 1/2 1 14 0 0 0 0 1
G. Gibb 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
M. Wearne - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Soto - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Davison - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 56 29 12 20/51 7/23 9/18 22 200 4 6 15 8 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Bluiett 16 4 0 6/13 3/8 1/2 1 31 4 0 2 0 4
E. Sumner 14 4 9 5/7 2/3 2/2 1 27 2 0 0 0 4
J. Macura 12 6 2 2/6 0/2 8/8 2 31 1 0 0 2 4
M. Bernard 10 3 2 3/8 2/4 2/3 2 24 1 0 2 1 2
R. Gaston 4 3 0 2/4 0/0 0/2 2 16 0 0 0 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Bluiett 16 4 0 6/13 3/8 1/2 1 31 4 0 2 0 4
E. Sumner 14 4 9 5/7 2/3 2/2 1 27 2 0 0 0 4
J. Macura 12 6 2 2/6 0/2 8/8 2 31 1 0 0 2 4
M. Bernard 10 3 2 3/8 2/4 2/3 2 24 1 0 2 1 2
R. Gaston 4 3 0 2/4 0/0 0/2 2 16 0 0 0 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Gates 12 3 0 4/8 4/7 0/0 0 23 0 0 0 1 2
T. Jones 9 4 1 3/5 0/0 3/4 4 10 1 2 0 4 0
S. O'Mara 4 5 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 13 1 0 2 1 4
Q. Goodin 4 0 6 1/2 0/1 2/3 3 18 1 1 2 0 0
T. Stainbrook 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
A. Bergen 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
C. Barr 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
C. Peterson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
L. Schrand 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Total 85 34 20 28/56 11/25 18/24 16 200 11 3 8 9 25