The West Virginia Mountaineers will be in Cincinnati, OH Saturday afternoon for a match up with the Xavier Musketeers. West Virginia comes into Saturday running through the season with six wins in seven games played after winning four of the last five including two in a row following a 19 point win against Florida. Defensively West Virginia dominated the game allowing only 55 points on 34.5% shooting after forcing 14 turnovers in the game. The West Virginia offense continued their tear this season scoring 84 points after 43 came in the second half on 43.3% shooting from the floor.
Erik Stevenson leads the way for the West Virginia offense averaging 14.1 points on 55.2% shooting from the floor. Tre Mitchell is second on the team scoring 12.6 points and Joe Toussaint averages 11.1 points and a team high 3.3 assists per game. Jimmy Bell chips into the West Virginia offense as well averaging 4.6 points and a team high 5.3 rebounds.
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The Xavier Musketeers stay at home Saturday afternoon with five wins for the first eight games played after a 32 point blowout of SE Louisiana. Defensively Xavier dominated holding the Lions to only 63 points on 36.2% shooting. Offensively Xavier was outstanding pouring in 95 points after a 52 point second half on 53.7% shooting from the floor.
Souley Boum has carried the Xavier offense thus far this season averaging 15.8 points on 52.8% shooting from the floor. Colby Jones is second on the team scoring 15.7 points to go along with a team high 6 assists and Jack Nunge averages 15 points as well. Zach Freemantle is scoring 13.6 points and adds a team leading 7.6 rebounds.