BRONX, New York (Ticker) -- Xavier's most recent visit to New York City was more productive than its last one.
David West shook off a finger injury to collect 18 points and 19 rebounds and the 24th-ranked Musketeers used a second-half surge to to defeat lowly Fordham, 75-61, in an Atlantic 10 Conference game.
Xavier (14-4, 5-1 A-10 West) was humbled in a 71-61 loss to Mississippi State at Madison Square Garden on December 14. On Saturday, Xavier traveled north to the Bronx, where the Rams kept things close and even had a 53-52 lead on a 3-pointer by Michael Haynes with 12:24 left.
Xavier ended any chances of an upset with a 15-2 run that made it 67-55 with 6:51 left. Romain Sato had eight of his 16 points during the decisive run.
"This is a tough building to play in and the crowd was really intense," Xavier coach Thad Matta said. "Fordham keeps getting better and more confident as the season goes on."
West made just 4-of-10 shots from the floor, but set a season high in rebounds despite the injury.
"His finger was bothering him tonight so he wasn't able to get full rotation on the ball," Matta said. "But he's injured and he gets 18 and 19. I'll take it."
Dedrick Finn had 17 points and Anthony Myles 14 for the Musketeers, who have won five straight games and defeated the Rams for the 10th straight time since an 87-74 loss on January 5, 1991.
Haynes had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Fordham (2-15, 1-5 East), which is coached by former NBA coach Bob Hill. The Rams dropped their fifth straight game.
"I think this is a sign that we are getting better," Haynes said. "We had a bad game against St. Josephs (a 79-46 loss on Wednesday) and we came back the next day and had a good practice and didn't lose focus."
Xavier won despite shooting a mere 36.4 percent from the field. But Fordham was barely better at 36.7 percent, and it made the difference.
Glenn Batemon had 15 points and freshman John Blackgrove had 14 off the bench for Fordham.
"The difference for us tonight compared to some of the other games we've had this year is that we played hard and we competed," Hill said. "I'm really proud of my team."
Xavier led by as many as 13 points in the first half, building a 36-23 cushion with 3:51 left on a 3-pointer by Finn.