Xavier opens second half with 23-point run, beats Coppin State 98-49
CINCINNATI (AP)—B.J. Raymond had a 3-pointer, a three-point play and a steal and dunk during a 23-point run that opened the second half and swept Xavier to a 98-49 victory Tuesday night over Coppin State.
Xavier (2-1) overcame a sloppy first half with a crushing run that featured baskets by five players. The Musketeers hit three 3s, made a pair of three-point plays and forced five turnovers during the 3-minute, 31-second spurt.
Raymond finished with 13 points, one of five Xavier players in double figures. C.J. Anderson led the Musketeers with 20 points.
Ethan Kennedy scored 16 points for Coppin State (2-2), which played without point guard Tywain McKee, suspended for an undisclosed reason. McKee leads the team with 17 points per game.
The game was part of the Chicago Invitational Challenge, which concludes this weekend at the Sears Center. Xavier will play Kent State on Friday.
The Musketeers’ defense let them down during a 59-57 loss at Miami of Ohio last week, when they blew an 11-point halftime lead. Ten Xavier turnovers kept it close in the first half against Coppin State, which ended with the Musketeers up 36-25.
In a hallway outside their locker room at halftime, coach Sean Miller spent a few moments with former Xavier forward Justin Doellman, now playing in France.
“We’re not very good right now,” Miller told Doellman.
In the opening minutes of the second half, they were as good as they could be.
The Musketeers took control by hitting their first three shots of the half, all from behind the arc. The 3s by Raymond, Drew Lavender and Josh Duncan made it 45-25, prompting Coppin State coach Fang Mitchell to call a timeout.
It didn’t make a dent.
Raymond’s steal and dunk ended the 23-point run and made it 59-25. Sloppy Coppin State got only two shots during the run.