Marquette came out of the gates hot, getting off to an 18-11 lead at the under-12 minute media timeout in the first half. Henry Ellenson gave Xavier everything they could handle early, as he scored 11 of Marquette's first 18 points.
From there, Xavier began to assert their dominance, as they went on a 21-0 run to take a lead they would never give back.
Xavier won this game the way we've come to expect, using their defense and the prowess on the boards. The 1-3-1 defense from the Musketeers gave Marquette fits all day, holding the Golden Eagles to a 3-22 shooting performance from three point range. Xavier out-rebounded the more inexperienced Marquette team 47-38, taking away for any chance for Marquette to capitalize on their missed shots.
Edmond Sumner showed no signs of rust in his first game since taking that scary fall at Villanova, as the freshman guard contributed 15 points and five assists in his return to the court.
James Farr asserted his physical dominance all game, as the senior big man contributed 16 points and 19 rebounds.
With the loss, Marquette falls to 12-6 on the season, with a 2-4 record in conference play. The will host DePaul on Wednesday, as the Golden Eagles look to get back on the winning track.
Xavier now sits at 16-1, going 4-1 in Big East play. The Musketeers host Georgetown on 1/19, in what sets up to be a great game.