Colonials Fall To Xavier, 89-75

Feb 14, 2002

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CINCINNATI (AP) - Romain Sato scored a career-high 34 points, shooting over a defense focused on center David West, as Xavier rolled to an 89-75 victory Thursday night over slumping George Washington.

Xavier (18-4, 10-1 Atlantic 10) got its 13th victory in its last 14 games and retained its first-place lead in the conference over St. Joseph's, which visits on Saturday.

George Washington (10-13, 3-9) focused on stopping West, who leads Xavier in rebounding (10.6 average) and scoring (18.6).

That left plenty of room for Sato, one of the conference's top 3-point shooters. He made 6-of-11 from behind the 3-point arc and was 11-of-17 from the field overall as he topped his previous career high by three points.

It was the second time this season that Sato's outside shooting hurt George Washington. He had a team-high 23 points and went 7-of-9 from the field as Xavier won at George Washington 71-63 on Jan. 17.

That loss started a streak of eight in a row for the Colonials.

All five Xavier starters scored in double figures. West had 11 points and nine rebounds.

T.J. Thompson led George Washington with 17 points, 13 of them in the first half. He made three 3-pointers to tie it 29-all with 6:12 left in the half, but Xavier led 41-35 at halftime.

The Musketeers opened the second half with a 13-4 run that built the lead to 15 points. After the Colonials cut the lead to seven, Sato scored nine points in a 16-8 surge that put Xavier in control the rest of the way.