Xavier 90, St. Bonaventure 64
DAYTON, Ohio (AP)—Anthony Myles led a scoring parade with 20 points and Xavier took control early to rout St. Bonaventure 90-64 Wednesday in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament.
Lionel Chalmers added 14 points, Brandon Cole had 12 and Justin Cage and Romain Sato each had 10 for Xavier (20-10), which advances to meet top-seeded and No. 1-ranked St. Joseph’s on Thursday morning in the quarterfinals.
Patrick Lottin scored 20 points and Marques Green had 10 points and eight assists for the Bonnies (7-21), who lost 12 of their last 13 games.
The Musketeers hit six of their first seven shots from the field to build a 16-5 lead. Myles scored seven points and Justin Doellman had six in the early burst, which was capped by Chalmers’ 3-pointer.
Xavier led by as many as 27 points in the opening half while shooting 65 percent from the field and making 5 of 7 3-pointers.
Ahead 75-42 with 11 minutes remaining, Xavier replaced most of its starters. Up until that time, it appeared the Musketeers would threaten the conference tournament records for points (106, by Massachusetts against Rutgers in 1992) and margin of victory (33, by Rutgers over St. Bonaventure in 1989).
Xavier has won 10 of its last 11 games, including a 65-49 win at St. Bonaventure on Feb. 25 in the teams’ only previous meeting this year.
In their only previous game against St. Joseph’s this season, the Musketeers lost 81-73 at home on Jan. 17.