No. 12 Xavier’s streak at 11 with win vs No. 25 Marquette


Xavier forward Zach Freemantle (32) shoots against Marquette's Kam Jones (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

Xavier forward Zach Freemantle (32) shoots against Marquette's Kam Jones (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)


Xavier guard Souley Boum (0) shoots against Marquette's Olivier-Maxence Prosper (12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)


Marquette guard Tyler Kolek (11) reacts after scoring during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Xavier, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)


CINCINNATI (AP) — Souley Boum and Jack Nunge each scored 16 points and No. 12 Xavier won its 11th straight game with a 80-76 victory over No. 25 Marquette on Sunday.

The final few seconds were close, with Olivier-Maxence Prosper making a jumper to cut Xavier’s lead to 78-76 with 8 seconds left. Boum then hit two free throws to seal the victory as the Musketeers went 6 for 6 from the line in the final 28 seconds.

Six players scored in double figures for Xavier (15-3, 7-0 Big East), which is off to its best start ever in Big East play. The Musketeers’ winning streak is their longest since starting the 2015-16 season 12-0. Nunge had 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double this season and second straight.

Tyler Kolek scored 25 points and Oso Ighodaro had 14 for Marquette (14-5, 6-2 Big East), which snapped a five-game winning streak. Kolek who averages eight assists per game, dished out seven.

After a wild first half that saw a 92 combined points scored, the second half was a grind.

The Musketeers had no answer in the first half for Kolek, who had 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting and four assists. Marquette led 48-44 at halftime.

The defenses and perhaps some fatigue showed up late in the second half with both teams going scoreless for more than six minutes. A steal and dunk by Marquette guard Chase Ross tied the score 68-68 with 3:31 remaining. But Boum answered with a 3-pointer to put the Musketeers ahead to set up a frantic finish.

BIG PICTURE

Marquette: The Golden Eagles have been outrebounded 11 times this season and struggled to handle the 7-foot Nunge, ending up getting beat on the boards 45-32 on Sunday and giving up 17 second-chance points to Xavier.

Xavier: The Musketeers struggled on defense again, allowing 48 points in the first half Sunday — the 16th time it has allowed 40 or more in a half this season.

UP NEXT

Marquette: Hosts No. 19 Providence on Wednesday.

Xavier: At DePaul on Wednesday.

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Xavier forward Zach Freemantle (32) shoots against Marquette’s Kam Jones (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2023/01/web1_130530369-8c326092d74f4571ad3eaea4e51ebedb.jpgXavier forward Zach Freemantle (32) shoots against Marquette’s Kam Jones (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

Xavier guard Souley Boum (0) shoots against Marquette’s Olivier-Maxence Prosper (12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2023/01/web1_130530369-43bea6575d72477899e80ae0be8bda90.jpgXavier guard Souley Boum (0) shoots against Marquette’s Olivier-Maxence Prosper (12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

Marquette guard Tyler Kolek (11) reacts after scoring during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Xavier, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2023/01/web1_130530369-2bf5cf451f8d4b65ace7ba8299bd8398.jpgMarquette guard Tyler Kolek (11) reacts after scoring during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Xavier, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)