Semaj Christon hit a floating jump shot in the paint with 4.8 seconds remaining to lift Xavier to a 66-64 victory at St. Bonaventure. The freshman guard scored a game-high 19 points and handed out a career-high 10 assists to complete a double-double. Xavier won its third straight game and raised its records to 10-6 overall and 3-0 in the Atlantic 10.
St. Bonaventure (7-9, 0-3 A-10) built a five-point lead headed into the final media timeout of the game. Xavier battled back and took a 62-61 lead, but the Bonnies connected on a jumper to regain the one-point lead.
On XU's next possession, Christon drew a foul on SBU and calmly sank a pair of free throws. A Bonaventure free throw with 26 seconds on the clock set up Christon's heroics.
Brad Redfordfinished the game with 17 points on 6-of-16 shooting (37.5 percent), including five three's. This marks the first time since the opening two games of his sophomore season that Redford has reached double-digits in back-to-back contests.
Travis Taylorwas the third Musketeer to reach double-digits, tallying 11 points on the evening. The senior also plucked seven rebounds to help XU to a 33-23 margin on the glass.
The Musketeers finished the game shooting 45.6 percent (26-of-57), while allowing the Bonnies to connect on 52.3 percent (23-of-44). Before tonight, only Drexel and Pacific had shot over 45 percent against Xavier this season.
Behind nine first-half points from Brad Redford, Xavier held a 31-27 lead at intermission. Xavier connected on 43 percent (13-of-30) of its shots from the floor, while St. Bonaventure made 52 percent (11-of-21) of its attempts. XU held a 17-11 advantage on the boards.
Xavier hosts La Salle in its next A-10 Conference game at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 at Cintas Center.