Xavier 98, Rhode Island 72

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CINCINNATI (AP)—Justin Doellman scored a career-high 29 points, Drew Lavender added 22 points and seven rebounds and Xavier never trailed in a 98-72 victory over Rhode Island on Wednesday night.

Lavender was perfect on four 3-point and eight free-throw attempts, and six of those foul shots came in an 18-6 run that stretched the lead to 92-66 with 2:51 remaining, capped by a Doellman layup. The two then sat for the rest of the game as the teams traded layups and foul shots.

Doellman and Stanley Burrell each shot 7-for-8 on free throws as the Musketeers (20-7, 10-3 Atlantic-10) went 30-for-36 (83 percent) at the line, compared with 18-for-23 (78 percent) on foul shots for the Rams.

Jimmy Baron scored 21 points, Will Daniels had 17, Kahiem Seawright 16 and Darrell Harris 10 for Rhode Island (17-11, 10-4).

Xavier shot 71 percent (17-for-24) in the second half and scored 22 points off turnovers, to 6 for the Rams.

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W. Daniels W. Daniels
6-9,  17 Pts
7 Rebs, 1 Assists
J. Doellman J. Doellman
10-16,  29 Pts
5 Rebs, 2 Assists

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