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No. 13 Xavier stomps Colorado 96-69

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Trevon Bluiett scored 25 points, J.P. Macura emerged from his slump by making his first six shots, and No. 13 Xavier completed a streak of non-conference payback wins by drubbing Colorado 96-69 on Saturday.
  
The Musketeers (9-1) already had victories over Baylor and crosstown rival Cincinnati, which beat them last season, and they set a goal of completing the trilogy. Last season, they blew a nine-point lead in the second half and lost 68-66 at Colorado.
  
The Buffaloes (7-2) were never in it. They fell behind by 26 in the first half and got no closer than 13 the rest of the way. Namon Wright led Colorado with 18 points.
  
Colorado knew all about Bluiett, who had 27 points - including six 3s - during the loss to the Buffaloes last season. He went 8 of 14 from the field in the rematch.
  
Macura was only 3 of 13 in the last two games. He made his first six shots, including a 3-pointer for a 42-16 lead, and scored all of his 17 points in the first half. He missed his only shot in the second half, when Xavier led by as many as 29 points.
  
BIG PICTURE
  
Colorado: The Buffaloes came in leading Pac-12 schools in defense, allowing 66.4 points per game. The Buffaloes hadn't given up more than 38 in an opening half. Xavier shredded the Buffaloes' defense for a 49-33 halftime lead, with their guards repeatedly driving for layups or getting uncontested 3-point shots. Colorado hadn't allowed more than 81 points this season.
  
Xavier: The Musketeers came into the game second nationally in field goal shooting at 54 percent and made 12 of their first 14 shots while surging to a 31-10 lead. They finished at 60 percent from the field, including 9 of 14 from beyond the arc.
  
UP NEXT
  
Colorado plays home games next week against San Diego and South Dakota State.
  
Xavier has a week off for exams before hosting East Tennessee State next Saturday, the fifth of six straight home games.

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