ALBANY, New York (Ticker) -- Romain Sato scored 21 of his season-high 33 points in the second half as 20th-ranked Xavier dispatched stubborn Siena, 96-88.
Sato, a junior, fell one shy of his career high, set last season against George Washington, as the Musketeers (7-2) improved to 3-1 all-time against Siena.
David West scored 21 points and Albany native Lionel Chambers added 16 as Xavier shot 48 percent (29-of-60) from the field and went 28-of-33 from the foul line.
Michael Haddix scored 21 points for the Saints (5-3), who trailed 50-42 at halftime and stayed close throughout but were unable to make a surge.
Siena has lost consecutive non-conference games for the first time since 1996.
The hot-shooting Saints made 57 percent (17-of-30) of their baskets in the first half and shot 52 percent (33-of-64) overall.
Siena led a good portion of the first half until the Musketeers made a late run. trailing 42-40 2:46 to go, Xavier went ahead on a 3-pointer by Sato that paced a 10-0 surge. Chalmers had two free throws and a dunk in the burst.
West had team highs with 13 rebounds and six assists and Sato added nine boards as the Musketeers held a 36-32 advantage on the glass.
Sato, who entered shooting 19 percent from 3-point range, hit 6-of-12 as Xavier connected on 10-of-22 from long range.
Siena chipped away in the second half and was able to close within 66-65 on a jumper by Justin Miller with 11:29 to go. But Sato answered with a 3-pointer and Will Caudle added a hook shot to give the Musketeers a 71-65 edge.
After Xavier built an 81-72 edge, an 11-3 run by the Saints trimmed the deficit to 86-83 on Prosper Karangwa's jumper with 4:09 to play. But Sato answered again, nailing a 3-pointer and four free throws in an 8-2 spurt that iced the victory.
Karangwa netted 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and Tommy Mitchell contributed 12 points but hurt the Saints with six turnovers.