Jones leads Xavier past TCU 67-59 in Big East-Big 12 finale

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP)Tyrique Jones had 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead Xavier past TCU 67-59 on Sunday in the finale of the inaugural Big East-Big 12 Battle.

Jones notched his seventh double-double of the season for Xavier (11-2). He scored eight of the Musketeers’ first 10 second-half points as Xavier, which led 38-27 at the break, scored the first eight points of the second half.

Quentin Goodin had a season-high 11 assists for Xavier.

The Big East won eight of its 10 games against the Big 12.

Desmond Bane and Kevin Samuel led TCU (8-3) with 14 points each. Samuel had 10 rebounds.

The Musketeers never trailed and led by as many as 22 points in the second half.

Xavier bolted to a 15-4 lead six minutes in. Its largest first-half lead was 28-15 with 7:37 remaining after Zach Freemantle, a 6-foot-9 freshman forward, hit his first collegiate 3-pointer.

BIG PICTURE

Xavier: Despite the final margin, the Musketeers were never in peril. That was in contrast to their 13-point home win over Western Carolina last Wednesday, in which they had to rally from a seven-point deficit early in the second half.

TCU: The Frogs shot a season-low 32.8% from the field. Bane was 0 for 6 in the first half.

UP NEXT

Xavier: The Musketeers open Big East play on Dec. 30 at Villanova. They’re 2-16 in road games against the Wildcats, 0-6 there as conference foes, and haven’t beaten Villanova in Philadelphia since the 1955-56 season.

TCU: The Frogs play at home on Dec. 30 against George Mason before beginning Big 12 play on Jan. 4 at home against Iowa State.

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