CINCINNATI (AP) Semaj Christon scored 19 points and rallied Xavier from a 13-point deficit in the second half to a 63-60 victory over Evansville on Tuesday night in the renewal of an old Ohio River basketball rivalry.
Christon led a 23-8 run that got Xavier (7-3) ahead. He went only 3 of 14 from the field but was 13 of 17 from the free-throw line, a place where he'd struggled all season, making only 56 percent.
Evansville (6-4) had a shot to tie, but D.J. Balentine's long 3-pointer with two defenders in front of him went off the back of the rim in the closing seconds. Matt Stainbrook got the rebound to seal it, finishing off his second double-double of the season with 10 points and 15 rebounds.