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Xavier 64, Massachusetts 44

2/14/2004

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.