Duncan leads Xavier in 78-65 victory over Kent State
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP)—Senior forward Josh Duncan scored 20 points and provided a critical second half spark to lead Xavier in a 78-65 victory over Ohio rival Kent State on Friday.
The third round win at the Chicago Invitational Challenge was the Musketeers’ 10th in 15 meetings with The Golden Flashes dating back to 1946 and fifth straight since 1991.
Kent State (3-2) had closed the gap to 46-43 with 11 minutes, 16 seconds left in regulation when Duncan collected 10 straight points over the following two minutes. By the time he was through, Xavier’s lead was 56-45.
The Golden Flashes never got closer than six points the rest of the way.
The Musketeers (3-1) closed with a 12-5 run—including six points from senior guard Drew Lavender—in the final four minutes.
Lavender finished with 16 points while teammates Derrick Brown and B.J. Raymond added 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Brown also had 10 rebounds for his first career double-double.
Senior guard Mike Scott paced Kent State with 20 points, including 3-of-7 from three-point range, while junior guard Al Fisher came off the bench to score 16 points.
Xavier will play either No. 8 Indiana or Illinois State on Saturday in the Invitational finale.