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Brown perfect as Xavier dominates Saint Louis

Jan 9, 2009 - 4:52 AM CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- Derrick Brown was perfect from the field and the free-throw line en route to 20 points as No. 18 Xavier rolled over Saint Louis, 70-44, on Thursday.

C.J. Anderson added 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting and Jason Love chipped in 11 on 4-of-7 from the floor for the Musketeers (12-2, 1-0 Atlantic 10), who have won three straight since dropping back-to-back games against Duke and Butler.

"I'm very happy with the win," Xavier coach Sean Miller said. "You only get eight home games (in the A-10) and you've got to protect your home court. St. Louis is a good team, but very young and inexperienced around the basket. And we are deep and experienced around the basket. We took advantage of that."

Brown was the catalyst for the Xavier offense, going 6-of-6 from the field, 3-of-3 from beyond the arc and 5-of-5 from the free-throw line. The junior forward's hot shooting helped the Musketeers reach the 70-point plateau for the eight straight game, despite a Billikens defense that came in allowing 55.6 points per game.

"I thought Derrick did a good job," Miller said. "Six-for-six from the field and 20 points. He's such an unselfish player. He's worked hard."

It took a last-second shot from Brown last season to lift Xavier to a 70-68 win over Saint Louis, but it would not be nearly as dramatic this time.

Brown scored 11 points and Anderson added 10 in the first half as the Musketeers jumped to a 39-22 lead at the break. The Billikens shot 37 percent (10-of-27) from the floor and 1-of-7 from the free-throw line in the opening 20 minutes.

"It was a good night for C.J. (Anderson)," Miller said. "His size was a tough matchup for St. Louis. Like I mentioned a number of times, he's a team leader."

Xavier did not let up after the break, using a 17-8 run to push the edge to 56-30 with 12:09 left.

Brown stuck around long enough to cap his perfect performance with an alley-oop dunk from Anderson with 10:32 left before turning it over to the bench.

"They beat us in every possible way you can be beaten," Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus said. "I don't know who's a top 10 or top 20 team, but they're a really good team. They've got a lot of players and they play freshmen the way you want to play freshmen, whereas, conversely, we have to rely on freshmen.

"They're as athletic as any team I've seen."

Saint Louis (9-6, 0-1) failed to put a scorer in double figures, as Kevin Lisch led the way with nine points on 4-of-13 shooting.

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Billikens and marked just the second time this season that they have allowed a team to reach 70 points.

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