Goodin leads depleted Xavier over Detroit Mercy 69-55
CINCINNATI (AP) — Point guard Quentin Goodin scored a career-high 22 points and barely missed out on a triple-double Friday night, leading depleted Xavier to a 69-55 victory over Detroit Mercy in the renewal of a series between former Midwestern Collegiate Conference rivals.
The Musketeers (8-5) were missing a pair of starters. Naji Marshall missed practice on Thursday with a sore back. Tyrique Jones — the Musketeers’ top rebounder — hit his head in practice on Thursday and wasn’t available.
Goodin steadied the Musketeers and helped to break open a close game. His back-to-back dunks highlighted a 16-3 run midway through the second half that put Xavier ahead by double digits for the first time. Goodin finished with nine rebounds and nine assists.
Detroit Mercy (3-9) lost its sixth in a row.
Titans freshman Antoine Davis was limited by foul troubles and finished with 19 points on 8-of-24 shooting. Davis came in averaging 26.6 points per game, second in the nation.
Davis tried to steal a pass and ran into Xavier’s Elias Harden for his third foul with 3:32 left in the first half. Coach Mike Davis smacked the scorer’s table in frustration over the ill-advised foul. The freshman was shaken by the collision and lay on the floor for a few minutes before walking to the end of the bench and sitting there the rest of the half.
Detroit Mercy: The Titans were coming off a 63-61 home loss to Ohio. They kept it close until midway through the second half, when Xavier took advantage of turnovers to pull away.
Xavier: The Musketeers gave their bench players a chance to assert themselves with two starters sidelined. Forward Zach Hankins picked up for Jones and had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Detroit Mercy opens Horizon League play at Youngstown State next Saturday.
Xavier opens Big East play at DePaul next Saturday.
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