Musketeers aim to slay Titans
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – The 24th-ranked Xavier Musketeers
conclude their four-game homestand tonight, when they welcome the Detroit
Titans to the Cintas Center for a non-league matchup.
The Musketeers have won the first three games of their current homestand,
including a convincing 95-61 triumph over Western Carolina on Saturday.
With the win, the team improved to 6-1 overall and in the process remained
perfect at home at 4-0. Xavier’s only loss this season came at the hands of
nationally-ranked Alabama, 63-56, in the finals of the Paradise Jam.
As for Detroit, it opened the Horizon League portion of its schedule on
Saturday with a tough 50-49 loss at Wright State. With the setback,
the Titans dipped to 2-5 overall, as they remained winless on the road at
In terms of the all-time series, Xavier owns a 50-43 edge over Detroit,
although the schools haven’t meet since the 1994-95 season.
Trailing by a point in the closing moments of regulation, Brandon Cotton had a
chance to give Detroit a dramatic win, but his jumper from the right baseline
was off the mark and Wright State prevailed. Cotton finished the game with
just nine points on 3-of-10 shooting from the floor, while Ryvon Covile paced
the team with a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds. The Titans shot
43.9 percent from the floor in the game, but committed 18 costly turnovers. On
the season, Detroit it turning the ball over 16.9 times per game and that is a
big reason why it is averaging just 58.7 ppg. Despite the sub par performance
this past weekend, Cotton still leads the team in scoring this season with
16.1 ppg. Covile has been a force in the low post and he is averaging a
double-double with 14.6 ppg and 12.3 rpg.
The Musketeers have been nothing short of solid this season, as they are
averaging 75.0 ppg on 47.5 percent shooting from the floor, in addition to
outrebounding their foes by 6.7 rpg. Stanley Burrell is the team’s top scorer
at the moment with 12.6 ppg and he is also dishing out 3.4 apg. Josh Duncan is
hot on his heels with 12.0 ppg, while Justin Doellman adds 10.1 ppg and a
team-high 7.7 rpg. In the squad’s last outing, Doellman poured in 18 points
and ripped down eight caroms in leading Xavier to an easy win over Western
Carolina. Duncan chipped in with 11 points for the Musketeers, who shot 55.0
percent from the field, including a 12-of-28 effort from long range.