After dropping consecutive games on the road and causing mass hysteria in the Xavier community, the Musketeers got back on track with a 77-69 win over the Utah Utes.
JP Macura seemed to get back on track in this outing, posting 14 first half points as part of a 18-point outing.
RaShid Gaston, who almost had a double-double at the halftime break, added 11 points of his own to accompany his 14 boards. Gaston, who picked up the start for the second straight game, helped the Musketeers win the rebounding battle against the nation’s top rebounding team.
The Musketeers couldn’t pull away in the second half, with Utah constantly making clutch jumpers to keep the game close. Unlike Xavier’s past two games, the Musketeers were able to hit their free throws and limit their turnovers down the stretch, as they converted on their last 10 free throw attempts as well as only committing eight turnovers.
The defense looked sharp in the contest, with Xavier forcing Utah to hoist up shots at the end of the shot clock on multiple occasions. Utah was able to convert on several of those attempts, but it was nice to see the effort on that side of the ball nonetheless.
The Musketeers will be back in action next Saturday, as they take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the annual Skip Prosser Classic.