Macura scores 18 as No. 11 Xavier routs Buffalo 86-53
CINCINNATI (AP) J.P. Macura scored 18 points and No. 11 Xavier took advantage of 38 personal fouls by Buffalo, pulling away for an 86-53 victory on Monday night.
The Musketeers (2-0) quickly opened a double-digit lead and got the balance back in their offense after relying on career highs for points by Trevon Bluiett and Edmond Sumner in their opening 84-81 win over Lehigh. Bluiett and Sumner had 13 points apiece on Monday.
Buffalo (1-1) couldn't keep up with Xavier's quickness and quickly got into foul trouble. The Bulls trailed 42-22 late in the first half and had more fouls (23) than points.
Two Bulls fouled out with 8 minutes left in the game, and Xavier went 28 of 38 at the line. Macura made all of his 10 free throws.
Nick Perkins led the Bulls with 15 points. They shot only 31 percent from the field.
Xavier slipped from No. 7 – the highest preseason ranking in its history – to No. 11 in Monday's poll, based upon the Musketeers' sloppy win over Lehigh. They looked much better in this one.
Buffalo: Blake Hamilton, the Bulls' top returning scorer and rebounder, missed most of the preseason workouts with a broken non-shooting hand. He had 11 points and eight rebounds in a 76-66 win over Niagara on Friday. Hamilton fouled out against Xavier with eight points and three rebounds.
Xavier: The Musketeers had three turnovers and defensive lapses in the final 61 seconds of their win over Lehigh, so holding onto the ball was a point of emphasis. They turned it over only nine times.
Buffalo: Hosts Nazareth on Thursday, the Bulls' only home game out of their first nine. Their next home game is Dec. 10 against Coppin State.
Xavier: Plays Missouri on Thursday in the opening round of the Tire Pros Invitational in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
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