Xavier 66

(15-4, 6-1 A 10)

Richmond 52

(12-7, 6-2 A 10)

12:00 PM ET, February 1, 2003

Robins Center, Richmond, Virginia

1 2 T
XAV 38 2866
RICH 32 2052

West, Sato spark key second-half run

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- David West had 20 points and 12 rebounds and Romain Sato hit two 3-pointers during a 12-0 second-half run Saturday as Xavier beat Richmond 66-52, the Musketeers' sixth consecutive victory.

Xavier (15-4, 6-1 Atlantic 10) held the Spiders scoreless for eight minutes during its run, turning a 45-42 game that had the crowd of 8,048 roaring to a 57-42 runaway with just over seven minutes to play.

The Spiders (12-7, 6-2), who handed the Musketeers a 67-59 loss in Cincinnati in the league opener for both teams on Jan. 7, shut down a foul-plagued West in that game, but had no such success on Saturday.

The two-time conference player of the year was 8-for-12 from the field, almost all of his baskets coming from in close, and helped Xavier outrebound the Spiders 37-23. Sato added 19 points and Anthony Myles had a career-high 17 for the Musketeers, including 15 in the first half.

Patrick O'Malley led Richmond with a career-high 20 points, including a 3-pointer that pulled the Spiders within 45-42 with 14:43 to play.

The Spiders had several chances to tie the game, but turned the ball over twice, missed three shots and never got the chance again after West scored on a drive with 12:45 to play, beginning the the clinching 12-0 spurt.

The Spiders, who finally broke their drought on Johnathan Collins' short bank shot with 6:43 to play, never got closer than 13 again.

The Musketeers grew fatigued and blew a 14-point lead at home in the second half of their loss to the Spiders, but were playing for the first time in a week and showed no signs of wearing down in the Robins Center.

West and Sato each played the entire game, and combined with Myles, who played 34 minutes, to shoot a 22-for-34 from the field. Sato finished 5-for-8 from 3-point range, and he and Myles each grabbed eight rebounds.

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