PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Lionel Chalmers scored 22 points and Dedrick
Finn matched his season-high with 20 as Xavier won its fifth in a
row, 78-68 over La Salle on Wednesday.
Romain Sato added 17 points and nine rebounds for Xavier (15-9,
6-5 Atlantic 10).Mike Cleaves had 16 points and Steven Smith added 15 points and
10 rebounds for La Salle (10-14, 5-6), which lost 84-45 to the
Musketeers on Jan. 21.After a jumper by Gary Neal gave La Salle a 37-35 lead with
15:47 to play, Sato hit 3-point shots to start and end a 15-3 run,
giving Xavier a 48-39 edge. A 3-pointer by Cleaves brought La Salle
to within 53-45, but Chalmers' 3-pointer sparked a 9-2 run and La
Salle never threatened again.La Salle, which committed 17 turnovers, played without starting
point guard Jermaine Thomas, who suffered a slight concussion in
last Saturday's game against St. Bonaventure.