PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Romain Sato scored a career-high 35 points as No. 14 Xavier rolled to its 10th consecutive win in a 93-71 rout of Atlantic 10 opponent LaSalle.
Sato, who scored 34 against Rhode Island on Saturday, shot 10-of-17 from the field, including 5-of-8 on 3-pointers. He also added nine rebounds as Xavier received a quiet effort from star forward David West.
"I was 0-for-3 (on 3-pointers) in the first half," Sato said. "But coach told me to keep shooting. In the second half I kept shooting."
"When Sato shoots the ball like that, they are tremendous," LaSalle coach Billy Hahn said. "They have a great inside-outside presence. They have a balanced team."
Freshman Gary Neal scored a season-high 37 points for LaSalle, but it was not nearly enough to keep the Explorers from dropping their eighth decision in the last 12 games.
"He was on fire tonight," Sato said. "I tried to do the best I could (on defense), but he was on fire. He was good tonight."
The Musketeers (19-4, 10-1 A-10 West) earned their eighth straight victory over the Explorers (10-12, 4-7) and barely had to sweat after using a 10-2 run to take a 33-19 lead with 6:36 left in the first half.
"We played a decent stretch in the first half that gave us a lead," Xavier coach Thad Matta said. "We did a good job of moving the basketball, getting good shots and the guys did a good job of finding Romain."
Xavier scored 11 of the first 13 points in the second half to take a 58-34 lead and put the game away.
Since falling to Richmond in its conference opener, Xavier has not lost. During the streak, the Musketeers have won nine of their 10 games by at least 12 points and their average margin of victory has been 19 points.
Xavier remained a half-game behind Dayton in the A-10 West. The Flyers, who received their only conference loss at the Musketeers' hands on February 8, host Xavier on Saturday.
Anthony Myles scored 12 of his 17 points in the first half as the Musketeers moved within one victory of their seventh straight 20-win season. Myles also had 12 rebounds, while West collected 12 points, six boards and four blocked shots.
Lionel Chalmers hit 3-of-5 3-pointers on his way to scoring 13 points for Xavier. Chalmers, West and Dedrick Finn each had four assists.
Xavier improved to 5-0 in conference play.
"This is a big win for us," Matta said. "This is a tough place to play. "Neal, what he did was a clinic in the second half. We had no answer for him."
Neal, who had 22 points after halftime, has scored at least 30 in four games this season, but was La Salle's only scorer in double figures. Rasheed Quadri scored seven off the bench for the Explorers.