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Recap: LaSalle 63, Xavier 70
Line Movements
Date: January 19, 2013 2:00 PM EDT
  

CINCINNATI (AP) - Semaj Christon scored 18 points on Saturday, and Xavier overcame an early 11-point deficit to beat La Salle 70-63 and stay perfect in the Atlantic 10.

Xavier (11-6, 4-0) won its past three games without point guard Dee Davis, who sprained his left wrist in the first half of a 57-52 win over Temple. He returned on Saturday and had six points and seven assists.

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Brad Redford added 13 points for Xavier, which has won four in a row for the first time this season.

La Salle (12-5, 2-2) is off to best start since the 1990-91 season. The Explorers have the league's top scoring duo in guard Ramon Galloway - 17.1 points per game, second in the A-10 - and guard Tyreek Duren at 15 points per game.

The two guards had trouble against the A-10's second-stingiest defense, combining to go 6 of 26 from the field. Tyrone Garland led the Explorers with 16 points.

The Musketeers have won without Davis by getting big games from Redford, who scored 21 and 17 points in the two previous games while making 15 of 25 from behind the arc. They also kept up the tough defense. Xavier is giving up only 60.8 points per game, second in the A-10.

La Salle got a scare when Galloway pulled up and grabbed his right hamstring with 12:15 left in the first half. He went to the sideline and stretched, and was still favoring the leg when he checked back into the game following a timeout a minute later. It didn't affect his shooting - he hit another long 3-pointer for a 20-9 lead midway through the half.

From there, the Explorers fell apart, getting only two more field goals the rest of the half.

Redford got Xavier's offense going, hitting a pair of 3s and a pair of free throws. Christon's pull-up jumper from the baseline completed a 16-5 spurt that tied it at 25. Jeff Robinson had three dunks in the final 2 minutes of the half for a 35-27 lead. The Explorers managed only three free throws in the final 6:52 of the half.

The field goal drought lasted more than 10 minutes overall. Christon's driving layup pushed the lead to 39-28 before Steve Zack's follow-up basket finally got La Salle a field goal at the 16:26 mark of the second half.

Xavier wasted chances to take control, missing 10 of its first 17 free throws.

Christon's two free throws made it 56-41 with 6:37 left, and the Musketeers pulled ahead by 18 points before emptying their bench. La Salle coach John Giannini got a technical for arguing calls.

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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 LASALL  -130   -2   131 
 XAVIER  +110   +2   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 LASALL     -1.5    
 XAVIER     +1.5   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 LASALL  n/a   60%   n/a 
 XAVIER  n/a   40%   n/a 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NCAA BK RECAPS
 Saturday, Jan 19
 
    St Johns at DePaul
12:00 PM EDT
    Maryland at North Carolina
12:00 PM EDT
    James Madison at Towson
12:00 PM EDT
    Connecticut at Pittsburgh
12:00 PM EDT
    Harvard at Memphis
12:30 PM EDT
    St. Bonaventure at Temple
1:00 PM EDT
    Nebraska at Penn State
1:00 PM EDT
    Arkansas at Mississippi
1:45 PM EDT
    Vanderbilt at South Carolina
1:45 PM EDT
    Iowa State at Texas Christian
1:45 PM EDT
    Missouri St at Bradley
2:00 PM EDT
    Northeastern at Delaware
2:00 PM EDT
    Missouri at Florida
2:00 PM EDT
    Kansas at Texas
2:00 PM EDT
    Cleveland State at Wisconsin-Green Bay
2:00 PM EDT
    Texas Tech at Oklahoma State
2:00 PM EDT
    West Virginia at Purdue
2:00 PM EDT
    Wake Forest at Virginia Tech
2:00 PM EDT
    Arizona at Arizona State
2:30 PM EDT
    Columbia at Cornell
3:00 PM EDT
    Portland State at North Dakota
3:00 PM EDT
    Oklahoma at Kansas State
4:00 PM EDT
    Syracuse at Louisville
4:00 PM EDT
    Mississippi St at Tennessee
4:00 PM EDT
    Oregon at UCLA
4:00 PM EDT
    Villanova at Providence
4:00 PM EDT
    Florida State at Virginia
4:00 PM EDT
    Creighton at Wichita State
4:00 PM EDT
    Boise State at Air Force
4:00 PM EDT
    California at Stanford
4:30 PM EDT
    Ohio State at Michigan St
6:00 PM EDT
    Arkansas-Little Rock at W. Kentucky
6:00 PM EDT
    Texas AM at Alabama
6:00 PM EDT
    Utah State at Denver
6:30 PM EDT
    Yale at Brown
7:00 PM EDT
    Cal Poly SLO at Santa Barbara
7:00 PM EDT
    Marquette at Cincinnati
7:00 PM EDT
    UNLV at Colorado State
7:00 PM EDT
    Western Carolina at Chattanooga
7:00 PM EDT
    Georgia State at Old Dominion
7:00 PM EDT
    San Diego State at Wyoming
7:30 PM EDT
    Louisiana State at Georgia
8:00 PM EDT
    Evansville at Indiana State
8:00 PM EDT
    Wisconsin at Iowa
8:00 PM EDT
    Oregon State at Southern Cal
8:00 PM EDT
    Youngstown St at Wisconsin Milwaukee
8:00 PM EDT
    Wright State at Valparaiso
8:00 PM EDT
    Gonzaga at Butler
9:00 PM EDT
    Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton
9:00 PM EDT
    Northern Arizona at Idaho State
9:00 PM EDT
    Montana State at Montana
9:00 PM EDT
    Sacramento State at Weber State
9:00 PM EDT
    Pacific at Northridge
10:00 PM EDT
    UC Irvine at Cal Riverside
10:00 PM EDT
    Utah at Washington
11:00 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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