Xavier has had no problem hiring excellent coaches. It's holding onto them that's been the tricky part. In turning to an alum with deep Queen City roots, the Musketeers might've found the perfect match.
Brad Redford matched his career high with 15 points, all of them from behind the arc, and 14th-ranked Xavier recovered from back-to-back losses by dominating the second half and beating Fordham 88-53 on Saturday.
B.J. Raymond scored 24 points and led a 3-point barrage that swept No. 9 Xavier to its 11th straight win Thursday night, an 83-74 victory over Temple that kept the Musketeers perfect atop the Atlantic 10.
Derrick Brown didn't miss a shot while scoring 20 points and C.J. Anderson added 13 and Xavier (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 16 AP) rolled to a 70-44 victory over Saint Louis on Thursday night in the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams.
Matt Howard and Gordon Hayward both scored 19 points, and Butler turned back one late Xavier rally after another to beat the 14th-ranked Musketeers 74-65 on Tuesday night, the Bulldogs' first win over a ranked team in more than a year.