Xavier’s Bluiett may reach milestone against Marquette

It has not been a smooth season for Trevon Bluiett, who had bouts of inconsistency while dealing with a minor shoulder issue. But, things are looking up for the Xavier senior guard, who this week was named to the midseason Oscar Robertson watch list.

Bluiett is just 13 points shy of becoming eighth-ranked Xavier’s fifth 2,000-point scorer heading into Wednesday night’s game against Marquette at Xavier’s Cintas Center.

I don’t think his ball-screen defense was what it is needed to be, said Mack. I haven’t lost faith in Kerem. I don’t want our guys to look over their shoulder. This game, it’s going to be very important that our bigs recognize when a ball-screen is coming.

Marquette leads the all-time series 49-23, but Xavier has won seven of the past nine meetings. The Musketeers had won six straight before the Golden Eagles swept the season series last year.

On the day that Turner posted his first career double-double, he reached 20 points for the 20th time.

Trailing by one at halftime, the Jaspers outscored the Peacocks 23-4 over the first 9 1/2 minutes of the second half, scoring 16 points off turnovers. Saint Peter’s responded by forcing five turnovers in a 9-0 run to make it 51-42 but the Peacocks got no closer.

Rich Williams made four of Mahattan’s 12 3-pointers and scored 14 points with Zane Waterman adding 13 points and Pauly Paulicap 10 for the Jaspers (10-10, 5-3 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), who ended a four-game losing streak to Saint Peter’s.

Samuel Ikowu had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Peacocks (8-11, 2-6), who have lost four straight.

The teams combined for 50 turnovers.

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