CINCINNATI — Just after a sluggish start to his Xavier job, Kerem Kanter is taking part in with a ton of confidence at equally finishes of the flooring. Most essential, his teammates now have confidence in him.
On Wednesday evening, Kanter scored a job-substantial twenty points and experienced eight rebounds, and Trevon Bluiett scored a game-substantial 26 points, lifting No. 13 Xavier to a 96-70 victory about Kent Point out at Cintas Center.
Kanter, a graduate transfer from Wisconsin Inexperienced-Bay, experienced a job-substantial seventeen points in Saturday’s gain about Cincinnati. He has scored in double figures for the fourth time in six game titles.
“I just consider he’s received to continue on doing what he does,” Musketeers coach Chris Mack said. “He is taking part in with a ton of confidence. Gradually but absolutely, his teammates have a ton of confidence in him.”
Xavier (eight-1) experienced 13-issue victories about No. sixteen Baylor and No. 11 Cincinnati in a span of 4 days last week, and overcame a sluggish start to gain its third straight.
Mack needed to get rid of any feelings of a letdown, so he despatched a text to his gamers immediately after Ball Point out upset No. 9 Notre Dame on Tuesday, indicating there would be no these types of event for the Musketeers.
“That’s been our mentally all week, is that we’re not likely to enable a huge week last week affect modern game,” said Xavier forward Sean O’Mara, who scored 14 points. “We did a excellent career of that. We experienced some letdowns right here or there, but that was just us adjusting to the officiating and how it was staying referred to as early on.”
Turnovers have been an challenge for the Musketeers at occasions this season, but they experienced only 4 turnovers with 11 minutes remaining on Wednesday and concluded with 9.
Xavier, in the meantime, scored 22 points off 12 Kent Point out turnovers.
The Golden Flashes (five-four) have been led by Danny Pippen, who scored fifteen points, and Jalen Avery, who experienced 13. Avery is from nearby Covington, Ky.
“It was something I was waiting for to play in front of my loved ones,” Avery said. “It was a fantastic experience.”
Xavier concluded the evening shooting 53.2 per cent, including five of five in the second fifty percent from Kanter, who was 2 of seven just before halftime.
“I would say it really is the greatest basketball I’ve performed,” said Kanter, who scored sixteen second-fifty percent points. “I am a senior. I failed to enable the initially fifty percent get to me. I came out in the second fifty percent like it was for .”
Kanter’s teammates received off to a rapid start.
The Musketeers, who rank second nationally in industry-intention proportion, commenced the game by building their initially six shots, including three of three from Bluiett, who scored twenty or additional points for the seventh time this season.
Quentin Goodin’s generate and jam place Xavier forward 11-.
The Golden Flashes failed to score till Avery’s layup with sixteen:42 remaining in the initially fifty percent. A technological foul on Pippen led to two Bluiett cost-free throws, halting a 9- run by Kent Point out.
There have been fifteen fouls referred to as in the initially ten minutes. The Golden Flashes have been in the bonus with 11:32 remaining in the fifty percent.
“We competed but not at the stage we wanted to,” Kent Point out coach Rob Senderoff said. “(Xavier) is an elite system with a fantastic coach. To me, it is about execution and competitiveness.”
Kent Point out retained the score close by way of most of the initially fifty percent guiding 7 points from Avery, who experienced success getting to the rim.
But O’Mara came off the bench and scored eight points in the last 4 minutes of the fifty percent to place Xavier forward 48-32 at halftime.
Bluiett scored seventeen points in the initially fifty percent.
The Musketeers’ run grew to fifteen- on Jones’ tip-in thatincreased their lead to 55-32. Jones picked up his fourth foul moments later. He concluded with 13 points.
Kent Point out commenced the second fifty percent cold, likely scoreless till Desmond Ridenour’s dunk with fifteen:forty four remaining.
Golden Flashes seven-foot center Adonis De La Rosa fouled out with 13:09 remaining in the game, leaving with two points and 3 rebounds, and Xavier pulled away.
Xavier went a season-greatest 24 of twenty five from the cost-free throw line. The only miss out on was by freshman guard Paul Scruggs.
“Paul took some grief in the locker place for staying the male that skipped,” Mack said.
NOTES: Kent Point out G Jaylin Walker, the team’s primary scorer, skipped his third straight game with a sprained ankle. … Xavier has received 36 straight nonconference property game titles relationship to the 2012-13 season, including 7 straight towards the Bearcats. … Xavier went 13 of 13 from the cost-free-throw line to get started the game. … The Musketeers lead the series 14-four, with wins in the past eight conferences. … Xavier enhanced to eight- this season when outrebounding an opponent.