Claude, Olivari Lead Xavier in Bounce Back Win over St. John's 88-77



                  (Photo by Trent Grayson/@MrKentucky24)

Coming off of their worst loss this century, the Xavier Musketeers returned to the Cintas Center on Wednesday Night picking up a much needed win vs Rick Pitino and the St. John's Red Storm.

           In a physical match-up with the Johnnies, Xavier was able to be the more physical team throughout the night which helped them get back in the win column, as well as avenging their Big East opening loss vs St. John's in December. The Musketeers out-rebounded their opponent 44-34, and were also able to get the best of Coach Pitino's squad in transition outscoring the Red Storm 28-11 in fast break points. Xavier also were great defensively behind the arc holding St. John's to 14% from three.


       Desmond Claude and Quincy Olivari tied for the team lead in points with 23, and were a combined 18-19 from the free-throw line. Olivari hit two big shots in the final war including a huge three-pointer that helped put the game away.



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