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Bluiett scores 26 as No. 15 Xavier beats Rider 101-75

CINCINNATI (AP) Despite getting another high-scoring win, Xavier coach Chris Mack found some things he didn't like.

Trevon Bluiett had 26 points and nine rebounds to lead the 15th-ranked Musketeers to a 101-75 victory over Rider on Monday night in the teams' first-ever meeting.

Tyrique Jones scored 19 points, J.P. Macura had 14, Paul Scruggs added 13 and Kaiser Gates 12 as Xavier (2-0), topped 100 points for the second straight game and won its 32nd consecutive nonconference game at home.

Although Rider lacked Xavier's size, its players congested the lane and often forced outside shots that the Musketeers initially struggled to make. Xavier missed nine of its first 12 perimeter attempts, and also had eight of its 11 turnovers before halftime.

''Like a lot of teams this early in the year, we just have to shore up some things we have to improve in,'' Mack said. ''We had more turnovers in the first half. I think that was more my coaching than our players' decisions, although they can always make better ones.''

Jordan Allen and Stevie Jordan had 14 points each for Rider (1-1), which trailed by 19 in the first half before pulling within five early in the second.

Gates, who capitalized on size mismatches for dunks, hit a 3-pointer to start a 17-2 run that pulled Xavier out of danger with 13:28 to play. Bluiett contributed eight points in the stretch.

''When we start seeing shots falling, it kind of just gives us this confidence boost as a whole,'' Gates said. ''If Trevon hits a shot, it gives me confidence. If I hit a shot, it gives J.P. confidence. It's like a domino effect.''

The Musketeers held Rider scoreless for long spurts and proved overwhelming offensively. Xavier, which scored 57 points in the second half, increased its lead to 34 with less than four minutes left.

Rider finished with 19 offensive rebounds and 17 second-chance points.

''Our rebounding right now is not where it needs to be,'' Mack said. ''And I know that it's a little bit a function of long shots equal long rebounds and our guards have got to help us rebounds. And right now they're not doing that. So we have to get better.''

Rider coach Kevin Baggett shared the sentiment. He thought the Broncs rushed their shots in the second half.

''There are no moral victories but I like the way we competed,'' he said. ''We did some good things but we need to keep getting better.''

Both teams play in the Las Vegas Invitational Nov. 23 and 24, but will not face each other at Orleans Arena. This was a non-bracketed game scheduled through the tournament.

WELCOME BACK

Former Musketeer Edmond Sumner returned to Cintas Center for the first time since being taken in the 2017 NBA draft. Sumner is with the Indiana Pacers, rehabbing the knee he injured last year at Xavier.

ACHING BACK

Xavier freshman Naji Marshall played 17 minutes throughout but seemed to be moving slowly in the second half. Mack said his back has ''been tightening up a bit.''

''It's something he has been dealing with for the last week or so. He played through it against Morehead (State.) I don't know if he slept on it wrong or what. But we've got to try to get him a little bit more limber and get a little bit more loose. I don't think he'll miss any time in games,'' Mack said.

BIG PICTURE

Xavier: The Musketeers topped the century mark for the second straight game, after beating Moorhead State 101-49 on Friday night. The Musketeers nonconference home win streak dates back to a loss to Wofford on Dec. 22, 2012.

Rider: Allen's team-high 21 points Friday against Hampton were the most in a freshman Rider debut in at least 22 years.

UP NEXT

Xavier: The Musketeers play at Wisconsin on Thursday in the Gavitt Tipoff Games. It's the teams' first meeting since the 2016 NCAA tournament, a second-round game the Badgers won on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

Rider: The Broncs host Hartford on Wednesday and travel to George Washington for a Nov. 20 non-bracketed game in the Las Vegas Invitational.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Kealen Washington-Ives made driving layup 9.0
  Lost ball turnover on Leighton Schrand, stolen by Rider 14.0
  Defensive rebound by Paul Scruggs 38.0
  Anthony Durham missed layup, blocked by Kaiser Gates 40.0
  Defensive rebound by Paxton Wilson 50.0
  Elias Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot 52.0
+ 2 Anthony Durham made layup, assist by Devine Eke 1:14
  Turnover on Kaiser Gates 1:34
  Offensive foul on Kaiser Gates 1:34
  Defensive rebound by Paul Scruggs 1:52
  Kealen Washington-Ives missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:54
Team Stats
Points 75 101
Field Goals 24-72 (33.3%) 31-57 (54.4%)
3-Pointers 6-30 (20.0%) 10-31 (32.3%)
Free Throws 21-29 (72.4%) 29-35 (82.9%)
Total Rebounds 38 41
Offensive 17 7
Defensive 18 32
Team 3 2
Assists 15 25
Steals 5 5
Blocks 2 7
Turnovers 10 11
Fouls 26 26
Technicals 0 0
14 PTS, 4 REB
26 PTS, 9 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Rider 1-1 344175
home team logo 15 Xavier 2-0 4457101
Team Stats
away team logo Rider 1-1 81.9 PPG 43 RPG 14.5 APG
home team logo 15 Xavier 2-0 85.1 PPG 40.8 RPG 16.8 APG
Key Players
23
S. Jordan G 13.1 PPG 4.0 RPG 6.0 APG 45.4 FG%
5
T. Bluiett G 19.8 PPG 5.6 RPG 2.6 APG 46.3 FG%
Top Scorers
S. Jordan G 14 PTS 6 REB 9 AST
T. Bluiett G 26 PTS 9 REB 3 AST
33.3 FG% 54.4
20.0 3PT FG% 32.3
72.4 FT% 82.9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Allen 23 14 4 0 2 0 2 1 4/11 3/6 3/4 2 2
S. Jordan 31 14 6 9 0 0 3 1 4/12 0/5 6/7 3 3
F. Scott 26 9 5 1 0 0 0 2 3/9 1/4 2/3 2 3
A. Durham 22 7 1 1 1 0 0 3 2/8 0/3 3/4 1 0
T. Marshall 13 2 1 0 0 1 0 4 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Allen 23 14 4 0 2 0 2 1 4/11 3/6 3/4 2 2
S. Jordan 31 14 6 9 0 0 3 1 4/12 0/5 6/7 3 3
F. Scott 26 9 5 1 0 0 0 2 3/9 1/4 2/3 2 3
A. Durham 22 7 1 1 1 0 0 3 2/8 0/3 3/4 1 0
T. Marshall 13 2 1 0 0 1 0 4 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
P. Wilson 10 9 5 0 0 0 1 0 2/5 2/5 3/4 3 2
K. Washington-Ives 25 8 2 3 0 0 0 3 4/10 0/3 0/1 1 1
K. Cisse 17 7 5 0 0 0 2 4 2/3 0/0 3/4 3 2
D. Eke 19 5 4 1 1 1 1 4 2/4 0/1 1/2 2 2
T. Randall 14 0 2 0 1 0 1 4 0/7 0/3 0/0 0 2
D. Vaughn - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Ajike - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Buono - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. O'Leary - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 75 35 15 5 2 10 26 24/72 6/30 21/29 17 18
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Bluiett 28 26 9 3 0 0 2 3 8/14 5/11 5/5 1 8
T. Jones 25 19 8 2 1 3 0 2 7/8 0/0 5/6 2 6
J. Macura 20 14 4 6 2 1 3 2 2/4 1/2 9/10 0 4
K. Gates 21 12 2 3 0 2 1 4 4/10 3/9 1/2 2 0
Q. Goodin 25 6 0 6 0 1 2 3 2/4 0/1 2/2 0 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Bluiett 28 26 9 3 0 0 2 3 8/14 5/11 5/5 1 8
T. Jones 25 19 8 2 1 3 0 2 7/8 0/0 5/6 2 6
J. Macura 20 14 4 6 2 1 3 2 2/4 1/2 9/10 0 4
K. Gates 21 12 2 3 0 2 1 4 4/10 3/9 1/2 2 0
Q. Goodin 25 6 0 6 0 1 2 3 2/4 0/1 2/2 0 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
P. Scruggs 20 13 4 1 0 0 0 2 5/9 1/4 2/3 0 4
S. O'Mara 11 6 6 0 1 0 1 5 1/2 0/0 4/4 2 4
N. Marshall 17 5 1 2 1 0 1 3 2/4 0/2 1/3 0 1
K. Kanter 14 0 4 1 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 4
L. Schrand 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
E. Harden 17 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1
M. Singleton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Vanderpohl - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 101 39 25 5 7 11 26 31/57 10/31 29/35 7 32