CINCINNATI -- Semaj Christon scored a career-high 28 points and hit back-to-back 3s in the closing minutes Thursday night, helping Xavier hold on for an 86-79 victory over Marquette and its eighth win in a row.
Xavier (13-3, 3-0 Big East) let a 12-point lead slip away in the second half before Christon hit the pair of 3s, putting the Musketeers ahead to stay in a matchup of the league's top defensive and rebounding teams.
Marquette (9-7, 1-2) hadn't allowed 80 points this season. Xavier dominated the boards 39-20 and went 32 of 41 on free throws.
The Golden Eagles were last in the league in 3-pointers, but stayed close by making a season-high 11 shots from beyond the arc. Davante Gardner had 19 points.
Xavier improved to 11-0 at the Cintas Center this season and 182-25 in its 14 seasons at the on-campus arena.