Xavier 84, La Salle 45
CINCINNATI (AP)—Lionel Chalmers scored a season-high 22 points, and Xavier rebounded from a rare home court loss by beating La Salle 84-45 on Wednesday night.
The 39-point victory was Xavier’s most lopsided during its nine seasons in the Atlantic 10.
Xavier (10-6, 2-2) had lost its last two games, including an 81-75 home defeat to No. 6 Saint Joseph’s last Saturday. That was only the Musketeers’ fourth loss in four seasons at the Cintas Center.
Chalmers matched his career high with five 3-pointers on six attempts. The senior guard was 8-for-9 overall from the field and made his only free throw. Romain Sato and Will Caudle each added 12 points for Xavier.
Steven Smith scored 10 points for La Salle (7-10, 2-2), which lost its third in a row overall and its eighth straight to the Musketeers. The 45 points were the fewest by the Explorers since they scored 43 against Dayton on Jan. 21, 2001.
The Explorers played without coach Billy Hahn, who remained at the team hotel with a severe case of the flu. Hahn had not missed a practice or game in his 19-year coaching career. Assistant coach Roland Houston took over.
Xavier pulled out to a 47-19 halftime lead by dominating in rebounds 21-8 and forcing 11 turnovers. Chalmers scored 13 points, and all nine Musketeers who got into the game scored in Xavier’s best first half of the season.
La Salle’s 19 points were their second-fewest in a half this season. They scored 17 in the second half of their previous game, a 71-47 loss to Penn.