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Updated: Saturday, January 11, 2003 10:41 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL PREVIEW
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St Bonaventure (6-8) at No. 22 Xavier (9-4)
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CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- No. 22 Xavier looks to snap a two-game losing streak Saturday when its hosts St. Bonaventure in an Atlantic-10 Conference contest.

After falling short at Alabama (65-58) a week ago, the Musketeers suffered a 67-59 setback at Richmond on Tuesday that snapped a 17-game home winning streak.

Xavier (9-4, 0-1) has lost both games since starting point guard Lionel Chalmers suffered a broken foot that will keep him out of the lineup for six weeks.

Leading scorer David West (18.7 ppg) struggled in the two losses. After being blanked in the second half at Alabama, he was held to just 10 points on 3-of-15 shooting against Richmond.

The Musketeers look to get back on track against the Bonnies (6-8, 1-1) and also will be out for a measure of revenge. Last season, Xavier suffered an 80-79 loss at St. Bonaventure, ending a 12-game winning streak. The Musketeers fell despite a career-high 26 points from Chalmers.

However, Xavier has won the last four meetings in Cincinnati, including a 77-60 victory in the only previous contest at the Cintas Center on February 21, 2001. St. Bonaventure leads the all-time series, 15-13.

The Bonnies suffered a 75-58 loss to St. Joseph's in their conference opener on Wednesday and have dropped three of their last four contests.

St. Bonaventure is led by junior point Marques Green, who tops the A-10 in scoring (21.8) and assists (7.4). In addition, he ranks second in steals (2.9) and third in 3-point percentage (.433).

Like last season, the 3-point shot is a key weapon for the Bonnies, who lead the A-10 in 3-pointers per game (8.9) and rank second in 3-point percentage (.368).

St. Bonaventure also leads the A-10 in scoring (79.1) but ranks last in defense (77.6). Xavier is second in both categories, scoring 73.4 points per contest and allowing 62.9.


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