Xavier out-rebounded Marquette 2-1 on the boards last night and knocked off the Golden Eagles 86-79 in Big East action.
The Golden Eagles entered the game first in the league in rebounding margin but got outrebounded 39-20.
Semaj Christon poured in a game high 28 points to lead the Musketeers to their 13th win of the season and a 3-0 start in Big East play. Christon hit 8 of 10 from the field, including a pair of big three-pointers in the final four minutes.
Davante Gardner had 19 points and Jake Thomas added 17 for the Golden Eagles.
Marquette struggled to stop Xavier inside and on the boards. Xavier scored 20 points in the paint in the first half alone.
Marquette was picked to win the Big East in a preseason poll, but they’re just 1-2 in league play following the loss. The Golden Eagles return to the Bradley Center to host Seton Hall on Saturday.