CINCINNATI -- Dee Davis was 6-of-7 from the field and scored 15 points Wednesday to lead Xavier to a 77-51 win over Miami (Ohio), its oldest rival.
Davis missed the first two games with a head injury but has returned to lead the Musketeers (4-0) to their fourth straight victory to start the season.Semaj Christon scored 13 points for the Musketeers and James Farr turned in his first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Matt Stainbrook added 10 points.Geovonie McKnight scored 10 points to lead Miami (0-3). Reggie Johnson was limited to five points despite entering the game as the Mid-American Conference's leading scorer with 23 points per game.Xavier held a 36-24 halftime lead. It was the fewest points that the Musketeers have allowed in a half.The game was tied at 15 with 12:34 left in the first half but Xavier went on a 21-9 run to take command of the game.Ten Xavier players scored in the game. The Miami bench was depleted by a nine-game suspension for Willie Moore, a sophomore transfer from Oregon, and Bill Edwards, who is out with an injury.The Musketeers started the second half with a 14-2 run and led by as many as 31 in the second half.Johnson was held scoreless in the first half by Xavier's Semaj Christon, who was assigned to guard him.Xavier held a 42-17 rebounding advantage and shot 50 percent from the floor while holding the RedHawks to 37 percent from the field.There was a moment of silence for former Miami coach Charlie Coles, a 1965 Miami alumnus who coached the RedHawks for 16 seasons.The two campuses are 43 miles apart. The teams have met 100 times since rivalry began in 1920 with a 50-16 Miami victory, in Xavier's second season.Xavier leads the series 53-47. Wednesday's victory was Xavier's most lopsided win since 2001 by 29 points.Xavier has won the last five meetings.All four of Xavier's wins have been at home. Miami has yet to play a home game.