Jones, Boum each score 22, Xavier beats Florida in Portland

Nov 24, 2022, 3:20 AM | Updated: 5:27 pm
Xavier guard Souley Boum, left, is defended by Florida guard Trey Bonham during the first half of a...

Xavier guard Souley Boum, left, is defended by Florida guard Trey Bonham during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Phil Knight Legacy tournament in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

(AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

              Florida forward Colin Castleton (12) and Xavier forward Jack Nunge, left, reach for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Phil Knight Legacy tournament in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Xavier guard Colby Jones steps over Castleton. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
            
              Xavier forward Zach Freemantle, center, has a shot blocked as Florida forward Colin Castleton, left, and guard Kyle Lofton defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Phil Knight Legacy tournament in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
            
              Florida coach Todd Golden applauds during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Xavier in the Phil Knight Legacy tournament in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
            
              Xavier coach Sean Miller watches from the sideline during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Florida in the Phil Knight Legacy tournament in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
            
              Xavier forward Jack Nunge, left, shoots against Florida forward Alex Fudge during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Phil Knight Legacy tournament in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
            
              Florida guard Kyle Lofton, left, shoots in front of Xavier forward Jack Nunge during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Phil Knight Legacy tournament in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
            
              Florida guard Trey Bonham, left, drives around Xavier guard Adam Kunkel during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Phil Knight Legacy tournament in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
            
              Florida guard Riley Kugel shoots in front of Xavier guard Colby Jones (3), guard Desmond Claude and forward Jerome Hunter (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Phil Knight Legacy tournament in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
            
              Xavier guard Desmond Claude, left, dribbles around Florida guard Kyle Lofton during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Phil Knight Legacy tournament in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
            
              Xavier guard Souley Boum, left, is defended by Florida guard Trey Bonham during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Phil Knight Legacy tournament in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

PORTLAND (AP) — Colby Jones and Souley Boum each scored 22 points and Xavier beat Florida 90-83 on Thursday in opening-round play of the Phil Knight Legacy.

Xavier was ahead by as many as 11 points in the second half, but its lead was cut to one possession three times down the stretch, the last with 3:14 to play.

Xavier was off the mark on a 3-pointer, but grabbed the offensive rebound and Adam Kunkel made a driving layup to start a run of six straight points for an 88-79 lead.

Jones was 8 of 12 from the field, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range, and Boum made seven field goals and seven free throws. Xavier shot 56% overall, including 10 of 20 from distance.

Jack Nunge added 16 points and nine rebounds and Zach Freemantle had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Xavier (4-1), which had five starters reach double-figure scoring. Kunkel finished with 11 points.

Trey Bonham, making his first start after transferring from VMI, led Florida (3-2) with 23 points and Will Richard, a Belmont transfer, added 18. Colin Castleton, who entered averaging 25.3 points per game, had 11 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, and Riley Kugel scored 12 points.

Xavier will face No. 8 Duke on Friday, while Florida faces Oregon State.

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