TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (Ticker) -- Erwin Dudley and Alabama withstood David West's fast start and Romain Sato's big finish.
Dudley collected 18 points and 10 rebounds as the third-ranked Crimson Tide stopped West cold in the second half and posted a 65-58 victory over No. 19 Xavier.
Alabama (10-1) extended its school-record home winning streak to 26 games and bounced back from its first loss of the season, Monday's 51-49 setback at Utah.
"What a phenomenal crowd for a non-SEC game here," Alabama coach Mark Gottfried said. "Our players feed off that. Our players need that. They appreciate that and they know it helps them."
West, a two-time Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year, scored seven quick points as Xavier (9-3) grabbed an 11-5 lead. West had 16 points at halftime but missed all four shots in the second half and did not score.
"For some reason, we just couldn't get going in the second half," West said. "It wasn't anything they were doing."
Mo Williams scored seven points in a 15-5 run to open the second half as Alabama extended its lead to 50-37. It was the Crimson Tide's second big spurt after they scored 19 straight points in the first half for a 30-19 advantage.
Sato came alive and collected 17 of his 20 points in the second half to help rally Xavier. He scored six points in a 10-0 burst that pulled the Musketeers within 60-57 with just over two minutes left.
Alabama's Antoine Pettway and Xavier's Keith Jackson each sank 1-of-2 at the line to make it 61-58 with 1:39 to go. Xavier got back the ball with a chance to cut the deficit, but West was whistled for a charge with 31 seconds left.
Pettway and Dudley each made a pair of foul shots to seal the win.
"I drove and sucked three or four guys in and the ref made a bad call," West said. "And we didn't get a chance to win the game."
Dudley posted his fourth double-double of the season and Williams added 17 points for Alabama, which shot 42 percent (23-of-55). Reserve Earnest Shelton nailed three 3-pointers and had nine points.
Gottfried felt Dudley's performance was key.
"He played really well," Gottfried said. "I thought he did a good job on David West, too, when he had to guard him. He comes up with big rebounds."
It was Xavier's first game since learning that starting guard Lionel Chalmers would miss four to six weeks with a broken foot. Jackson made his first start and scored nine points.
But the Musketeers committed 19 turnovers and West was the biggest offender with six. Sato and Dedrick Finn combined for nine.
"The biggest key to the game was the turnovers we had and Alabama scoring easy baskets," Xavier coach Thad Matta said. "When you play a team like Alabama, they're very talented and you can't give them easy shots."
The Musketeers responded well to the Crimson Tide's 19-0 spurt with 13 straight points of their own. Alabama held a 35-32 halftime lead.