Musketeers steal a victory in the nation’s capital

Naji Marshall’s clutch 3-pointer with four seconds left lifts Xavier to 66-63 win The signature moments keep piling on for Naji Marshall. The junior forward and Musketeers’ leading scorer vaulted Xavier over Georgetown last Sunday on the road on a game-winning 3-pointer with just four ticks left in regulation. Marshall baited a Hoyas’ defender, feigning like he was going to drive before gaining separation with a step back as he watched the high-arching shot rip through the net. “He’s worked really hard on (his jump shot) to find that consistency,” head coach Travis Steele said about Marshall, who was named … Continue reading Musketeers steal a victory in the nation’s capital

Musketeers easily exorcise Blue Demons 78-67

Xavier nets season-best 12 3-pointers and led for all but 24 seconds in game Xavier had a prime opportunity to recoup from a rough offensive performance last Saturday against Villanova when facing the Big East’s last-place team, DePaul, on Tuesday night. The Musketeers accomplished and then some, with flashy yet confident play. Their scorching start from beyond the arc (10-19 in the first half, 48% overall), propelled them to a runaway 78-67 victory. “After the Villanova loss, we took practice very seriously,” junior forward Naji Marshall said. “Guys got in the gym, worked on their jump shots, worked on their … Continue reading Musketeers easily exorcise Blue Demons 78-67

Xavier Prevails in crunch time in the Big Apple

Xavier made a big stand in the Big Apple on Monday night, taking St. John’s to the final seconds in a 77-74 victory. In the process, the Musketeers improved their winning streak against the Red Storm to 11 games while maintaining their unblemished record (16-0) this season when leading at the break. The Musketeers emerged victorious, but they can still can clean up the miscues from their play. “Any time you can get a road win in this league, it’s great for us,” head coach Travis Steele said after the game. “We’re very fortunate … we did not play well, … Continue reading Xavier Prevails in crunch time in the Big Apple