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Bluiett leads No. 17 Xavier over Morehead State 101-49

CINCINNATI (AP) Trevon Bluiett missed a week of practice with a sore right shoulder. It didn't show in his season debut.

The senior guard scored 21 of his 25 points during Xavier's blistering first half on Friday night, and the 17th-ranked Musketeers dominated from the opening tip-off for a 101-49 victory over Morehead State.

The Musketeers (1-0) return the core of their Elite Eight team and put their depth on display. They scored 62 points in the first half, their most since they had 68 during the opening half of a 117-75 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson in the 2012 opener.

Their best player led the way, looking like nothing was wrong at all. After the game, Bluiett had a bag of ice on his right shoulder as he munched popcorn from a bag with his left hand.

''I was surprised that Tre shot as well as he did because he hasn't practiced a whole lot,'' coach Chris Mack said. ''He's only been going (full speed) the past couple of days. That's not easy to do. He stepped right in and looked like he never left. He's a phenomenal player.''

Xavier's senior guard tandem of Bluiett and J.P. Macura had their way. Macura scored Xavier's first eight points on a layup, a 3-pointer and a three-point play, sparking an 18-1 run. He finished with 18 points.

The Musketeers pulled out to a 34-5 lead and led 62-24 at halftime, shooting 76 percent from the field. They shot 68 percent overall.

Jordan Walker scored 13 points for Morehead State (0-1), which returns only four players from last season, when Preston Spradlin took over as interim coach. Spradlin got the full-time job after the Eagles went 12-9 the rest of the way.

He's got a whole new team - and a lot of growing pains - this time around.

''It's getting 10 new guys to understand at this level, there are no off-days, there are no off-possessions, you must execute, you must play hard, you must do everything perfectly at all times,'' Spradlin said. ''A very good Xavier team showed us what happens when you don't do that.''

BIG PICTURE

Morehead State: The Eagles hoped to avoid a slow start on the road, but quickly came apart against Xavier's pesky man-to-man defense. They missed 12 of their first 13 shots and had five turnovers while Xavier raced ahead by 28 points.

Xavier: Bluiett returned for his senior season after trying out for the NBA. Despite being limited in practice by the sore shoulder, he found his touch right away, making seven of his nine shots in the first half, including five of six from beyond the arc.

LOPSIDED

It was Xavier's largest margin of victory since a 118-61 win over Louisiana Monroe on Nov. 24, 1997 at Cincinnati Gardens.

SECOND SHOWING

Xavier sophomore forward Tyrique Jones had 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds, an indication of the progress he's made.

''The game definitely slowed down from my freshman year to now,'' Jones said. ''I see things a whole lot more. Definitely a change of speed for me.''

PASS IT AROUND

One of the most pleasing statistics for Xavier: 26 assists on 36 baskets.

''We're creating shots for one another,'' Mack said. ''That's a sign of a mature team.''

DUE DATE

Spradlin's wife, Alice, was due to deliver their second child on Friday. Spradlin had someone checking his phone during the game, and a car was waiting so he could drive home as soon as the game ended if she had gone into labor.

UP NEXT

Morehead State plays at Lipscomb on Sunday, followed by its home opener against Marshall on Thursday.

Xavier hosts Rider on Monday before playing at Wisconsin on Thursday as part of the annual Big East-Big Ten challenge.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 1 Jordan Walker made free throw 8.0
  Shooting foul on Matt Singleton 8.0
+ 2 Jordan Walker made driving layup 8.0
  Bad pass turnover on Leighton Schrand, stolen by Morehead State 18.0
  Turnover on Londell King 33.0
  Offensive foul on Londell King 33.0
  Defensive rebound by Londell King 38.0
  Kerem Kanter missed 3-pt. jump shot 40.0
  Defensive rebound by Xavier 1:03
  Jordan Walker missed jump shot, blocked by Paul Scruggs 1:05
  Bad pass turnover on Leighton Schrand, stolen by Morehead State 1:12
Team Stats
Points 49 101
Field Goals 14-59 (23.7%) 36-53 (67.9%)
3-Pointers 7-23 (30.4%) 12-21 (57.1%)
Free Throws 14-22 (63.6%) 17-28 (60.7%)
Total Rebounds 32 41
Offensive 13 5
Defensive 17 34
Team 2 2
Assists 5 26
Steals 9 11
Blocks 4 10
Turnovers 16 15
Fouls 27 19
Technicals 0 0
away team logo
2
J. Walker G
18 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
home team logo
5
T. Bluiett G
25 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Morehead State 0-1 242549
home team logo17 Xavier 1-06239101
Team Stats
away team logoMorehead State 0-1 71.6 PPG 42.1 RPG 12.7 APG
home team logo17 Xavier 1-0 88.4 PPG 41.9 RPG 18.0 APG
Key Players
2
J. Walker G 11.6 PPG 3.0 RPG 2.8 APG 39.8 FG%
5
T. Bluiett G 21.4 PPG 5.5 RPG 2.8 APG 50.7 FG%
Top Scorers
2
J. Walker G 18 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
5
T. Bluiett G 25 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
23.7 FG% 67.9
30.4 3PT FG% 57.1
63.6 FT% 60.7
Morehead State
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Walker 33 18 4 1 1 0 4 4 5/14 3/8 5/5 0 4
D. Henson 25 4 4 0 1 0 1 1 1/6 1/2 1/2 2 2
L. Harris 23 3 6 1 0 0 3 3 1/7 0/3 1/2 1 5
A. Hicks 28 2 0 1 2 0 3 4 0/5 0/3 2/4 0 0
A. Chatman 9 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Walker 33 18 4 1 1 0 4 4 5/14 3/8 5/5 0 4
D. Henson 25 4 4 0 1 0 1 1 1/6 1/2 1/2 2 2
L. Harris 23 3 6 1 0 0 3 3 1/7 0/3 1/2 1 5
A. Hicks 28 2 0 1 2 0 3 4 0/5 0/3 2/4 0 0
A. Chatman 9 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Green 21 7 4 0 0 2 0 2 2/4 1/1 2/4 1 3
D. Cooper 14 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 1/4 1/2 2/2 0 0
J. Baker 14 4 3 0 1 1 0 1 2/7 0/1 0/0 2 1
E. Thompson 20 4 3 2 1 0 2 1 1/8 1/3 1/2 3 0
L. King 5 2 5 0 1 1 1 3 1/3 0/0 0/1 3 2
C. Wright 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
A. Crawford 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
R. Feagin 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
T. Spurlock - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 49 30 5 9 4 16 27 14/59 7/23 14/22 13 17
Xavier
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Bluiett 22 25 5 3 1 2 0 2 9/12 5/7 2/2 1 4
J. Macura 22 18 3 4 5 1 0 2 6/7 1/2 5/7 0 3
K. Gates 19 14 5 0 0 1 1 4 4/4 4/4 2/4 0 5
T. Jones 20 11 9 2 1 4 1 1 4/7 0/0 3/7 3 6
Q. Goodin 19 2 1 7 0 0 4 2 1/1 0/0 0/1 0 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Bluiett 22 25 5 3 1 2 0 2 9/12 5/7 2/2 1 4
J. Macura 22 18 3 4 5 1 0 2 6/7 1/2 5/7 0 3
K. Gates 19 14 5 0 0 1 1 4 4/4 4/4 2/4 0 5
T. Jones 20 11 9 2 1 4 1 1 4/7 0/0 3/7 3 6
Q. Goodin 19 2 1 7 0 0 4 2 1/1 0/0 0/1 0 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
N. Marshall 21 12 4 2 1 1 2 1 4/4 1/1 3/5 1 3
P. Scruggs 24 6 4 4 2 1 0 2 3/7 0/2 0/0 0 4
E. Harden 20 5 1 3 0 0 2 2 1/3 1/2 2/2 0 1
K. Kanter 15 4 5 1 1 0 2 0 2/6 0/3 0/0 0 5
S. O'Mara 14 4 2 0 0 0 1 2 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 2
L. Schrand 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
M. Singleton 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
N. Vanderpohl 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
Total 200 101 39 26 11 10 15 19 36/53 12/21 17/28 5 34