Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Semaj Christon scored 20 points and Travis
Taylor came up big with 19 points and a career-high 19 rebounds, as Xavier
upended No. 16 Saint Louis, 77-66, in overtime Wednesday night in a tense
Atlantic 10 battle.
The Billikens entered the night on an 11-game winning streak with hopes of
gaining at least a share of the A-10 regular season title, something they
haven't done in conference play since 1970-71, when Saint Louis tied for first
in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Instead, the Billikens (23-6, 12-3 A-10) find themselves tied with Virginia
Commonwealth atop the conference standings. Saint Louis hosts La Salle on
Saturday to close the regular season.
Brad Redford scored 11 for the Musketeers (17-12, 9-6), who bounced back after
a Saturday loss to Massachusetts.
Kwamain Mitchell had 17 points, Dwayne Evans 16 and Mike McCall Jr. 14 in
Jordair Jett's fastbreak layup extended SLU's lead to 24-17 with nearly three
minutes left in the half, but the Billikens were blanked the rest of the
period. Redford's 3-pointer had the only bucket to bring the hosts within four
at the break.
Xavier took charge early in the second half and went ahead by eight points,
the last time at 39-31 on Erik Stenger's layup with 11:12 remaining. The
Musketeers were up seven with under five minutes left in regulation, but
couldn't hold the advantage as Jett's tip-in with about 12 seconds to go tied
the game at 59.
A jumper by Xavier's Dee Davis was off the mark in the waning seconds.
Jeff Robinson's layup with nearly 3 1/2 minutes left in OT gave Xavier the
lead for good at 63-61, and the hosts feasted at the free throw line in the
extra session by making 14-of-16 attempts.
Saint Louis shot 30.1 percent from the field ... VCU ends its season on Sunday
by playing Temple on the road ... Saint Louis' Cody Ellis missed all 15 of his
field goal attempts, including 11 from 3-point range ... Jett had 10 points
and seven boards ... SLU's last outright regular-season conference title was
in 1956-57 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
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