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Christon scores 27, Xavier beats DePaul 84-74
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- Semaj Christon dominated with 27 points, Justin Martin scored 18 and Xavier beat DePaul 84-74 Monday for its 10th win in 11 games.
The Musketeers (15-4, 5-1 Big East) led by 18 at the half behind scorching starts by Christon and Martin and hung on in the second half after DePaul pulled within seven.
Christon, who came in averaging a team-high 16.3 points, finished one shy of his career high set against Marquette on Jan. 9. He had 19 points in the first half and hit nine of 19 shots in the game, with no trouble driving to the rim.
Martin scored 14 in the first half and finished with three 3-pointers to go with seven rebounds.
Cleveland Melvin led DePaul with 25 points. Billy Garrett Jr. scored 18, but the Blue Demons (10-10, 2-5) hit just 22 of 38 free throws on the way to their second straight loss.