CINCINNATI (AP) — Xavier freshman Myles Davis hasn't had time to pile up many minutes just eight games into his college career, but he had some huge moments on Saturday against Bowling Green. Davis came off the bench to sink two overtime 3-pointers as the Musketeers snapped a three-game losing streak with 85-73 win over the Falcons before a crowd of 9,270 on Saturday.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Xavier freshman Myles Davis hasn't had time to pile up many minutes just eight games into his college career, but he had some huge moments on Saturday against Bowling Green.
Davis came off the bench to sink two overtime 3-pointers as the Musketeers snapped a three-game losing streak with 85-73 win over the Falcons before a crowd of 9,270 on Saturday.
Davis broke a 69-69 tie with a 3-pointer from the right corner with 3:59 left in overtime and added another one from the same spot to give the Musketeers a 79-73 lead with 1:29 remaining before a crowd of 9,270. He scored eight of his 14 points as Xavier outscored Bowling Green, 17-5, in the overtime.
"My teammates found me," said Davis, who has scored a combined 30 points over Xavier's last two games. "I was in the right spot in the right time. I got my feet set and shot my jump shot. They have confidence in me."
Coach Chris Mack believed Davis's production was the result of a team effort that led to 20 assists.
"His teammates found him," Mack said, echoing Davis. "He's got ton of confidence for a guy who hasn't played a zillion games."
Sophomore guard Semaj Christon led Xavier (6-4) with a season-high 22 points, while sophomore forward James Farr added a career-high 15. Senior forward Isaiah Philmore also scored 15, 14 in the second half.
Bowling Green junior forward Richaun Holmes scored a career-high 26 points to lead both teams. Junior guards Jehvon Clarke and Anthony Henderson each added 13 points for the Falcons (3-5), who've lost two of their last three games.
Holmes also had five blocked shots to tie the season-high he set in Bowling Green's previous game, a 74-62 win over Western Kentucky on Monday.
"He stepped up," said Falcons' coach Louis Orr, a Cincinnati native who started his coaching career as an assistant to Xavier's Pete Gillen. "He's a big talent, and he's starting to step into those shoes. That was a grown-up game for him."
The Musketeers overcame a 19-2 disadvantage in second-chance points to pick up their first overtime win in two tries this season. Xavier was hoping to shake off a disappointing three-game tournament stretch in the Bahamas that included a 77-74 overtime loss to Iowa. A 39-12 bulge in bench scoring helped in a game marred by a combined 48 personal fouls and 64 free throws.
"We talked to the team about overcoming adversity and sticking together, and they did it in doses today," Mack said. "Our bench players played extremely well. I'm proud of the way we stuck together when the chips were down. Give Bowling Green credit. They didn't give up."
After Henderson made one of two free throws with 15 seconds left for a 68-66 lead, Christon sank two free throws with 5.5 seconds left to tie the score, and Clarke missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer to force overtime.
Christon was 12-of-16 from the free throw line after having made just 29-of-57 (.509) in the Musketeers' first eight games.
"I wanted to take my time and bend my knees, like the coaches have been telling me," he said of his approach on the shots that sent the game. "I just tried to keep calm."
Christon scored six unanswered points, four on a pair of spectacular dunks, to personally give Xavier a 54-46 lead with 9:12 left in the game. Bowling Green came back to cut the lead to three points, 54-51, but Philmore strung together his own personal 8-0 run to provide the Musketeers with a 62-51 advantage. Philmore ended up scoring 12 consecutive Xavier points in that stretch.
The Falcons came right back with a 13-2 run capped by Holmes' dunk and free throw that tied the game, 64-64, with 3:16 left in regulation. That play left Holmes with 19 points, surpassing the previous career high of 18 he set on Monday in Bowling Green's 74-62 win over Western Kentucky.
Farr put together a personal 7-0 run with a 3-pointer, a dunk and a layup to lift Xavier to its largest early lead, 29-21, with 4:45 left in the first half. The Falcons immediately responded by ending the half with a 12-0 run, including four points each from Henderson and Holmes, to enjoy their largest lead, 33-29, at halftime.