CINCINNATI -- Sam Dower scored a season-high 20 points and had 10 rebounds Saturday night, steadying Gonzaga to a 72-65 victory over a Xavier team finally back to full strength.
Gonzaga (11-2) won its sixth straight by dominating in rebounds and 3-point shooting. The Bulldogs went 8 of 18 from behind the arc -- Xavier managed only 3 of 18 -- and won the rebounding battle 44-31.
Xavier (9-4) has lost four of five, sapped and knocked out of rhythm by four suspensions from its brawl with Cincinnati. The Musketeers had everybody back on Saturday but couldn't put together a run during a close game that featured four ties and eight lead changes, with neither team ahead by more than seven until the closing seconds.
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