Massachusetts 44

(9-13, 3-7 A 10)

Xavier 64

(14-9, 5-5 A 10)

    4:00 PM ET, February 14, 2004

    Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

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    MASS 19 2544
    XAV 31 3364

    Xavier 64, Massachusetts 44

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- Freshman Justin Cage scored a career-high 12 points and Xavier capitalized on poor Massachusetts shooting to earn its fourth consecutive win, 64-44 over the Minutemen on Saturday.

    The Musketeers (14-9, 5-5 Atlantic 10) matched their longest winning streak of the season while holding the Minutemen (9-13, 3-7) to season lows for points and shooting at a 27.8 percent.

    Aaron Myles also scored 12 points for Xavier to reach double figures for the fifth consecutive game. Justin Doellman added 11 points and Lionel Chalmers had 10 for Xavier.

    Freshman Art Bowers led Massachusetts with 10 points. The Minutemen scored their fewest points since a 63-38 loss to Saint Joseph's on Jan. 5, 2002.

    Cage matched his previous career high with 10 first-half points. He made back-to-back 3-pointers to help Xavier open a 14-2 lead less than five minutes into the game.

    The Minutemen missed nine of their first 10 shots and their first six 3-point attempts on their way to shooting 5-for-28 in the first half.

    The teams combined for 37 turnovers.

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