No. 11 Xavier escapes with win over Northern Iowa

Xavier players including from front left J.P. Macura, Trevon Bluiett and Quentin Goodin celebrate after winning an NCAA college basketball game against Northern Iowa at the Tire Pros Invitational tournament, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Xavier won 67-59. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Trevon Bluiett scored 20 points and Edmond Sumner got 11 of his 17 points in the second half, helping 11th-ranked Xavier hold off Northern Iowa 67-59 to win the Tire Pros Invitational on Sunday night.

After leading by 16 points in the second half, the Musketeers needed three free throws from Bluiett in the final 19.7 seconds to seal it. The Panthers (3-1) came on late and pulled within five before Xavier (5-0) stretched it back out.

Northern Iowa, which overcame an 18-point deficit to stun Oklahoma in the second round Friday, was led by Jeremy Morgan with 20 points. Bennett Koch added 11 points.