DePaul falls to Xavier; Loyola loses to Indiana State
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Myles Davis scored 25 points and Trevon Bluiett 21, both career highs, and Xavier rallied in the second half for an 89-76 victory over DePaul on Saturday in Cincinnati.
Matt Stainbrook was 7 for 7 in adding 17 points for the Musketeers (13-7, 4-4 Big East), who were down eight points at halftime.
The Musketeers hit 17 of 26 attempts in shooting 65.4 percent in the second half, 57.4 for the game. They made only 3 of 17 3-pointers but dominated inside with a 52-24 scoring advantage. Xavier only had five turnovers and made nine steals, five by Dee Davis, in picking up 17 points off 14 turnovers by the Blue Demons.
DePaul (11-10, 5-3) shot 63.3 percent in the first half when it made 11 of 19 3-pointers, but plummeted to 30 percent in the second half and just 2 of 13 from the arc. Tommy Hamilton scored 15 points.
Indiana State 72, Loyola 61
Devonte Brown went 6 of 8 from 3-point range and scored a career-high 24 points on Saturday to lead Indiana State to a 72-61 win over Loyola in Terre Haute.
Brown, whose previous best was three treys, had four for 12 points, and Justin Gant had all 10 of his points in the first half as the Sycamores (10-10, 6-2 Missouri Valley) shot 63.6 percent to open a 38-25 lead.
Tre’ Bennett came off the bench to add 13 for Indiana State, which finished at 53.3 percent from the field, including 12 of 23 behind the arc. Brown was 8 of 11 from the field.
Montel James led the Ramblers (13-7, 3-5) with 18 points.
Although the rebounding was even, the Ramblers had 13 offensive boards for a 16-5 advantage on second-chance points.