Bluiett scores 15, No. 23 Xavier beats Alabama 64-45
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla, (AP) - Trevon Bluiett scored 15 points, J.P. Macura added 14, and No. 23 Xavier beat Alabama 64-45 in the first round of the AdvoCare Invitational on Thursday.
Macura helped the Musketeers (5-0) overcome an early first-half deficit, while Bluiett was part of a second-half surge that gave Xavier a comfortable advantage.
Shannon Hale and Justin Coleman had 10 points each for Alabama (2-2). Dazon Ingram added six points and nine rebounds.
Consecutive long-range jumpers by Myles Davis and Bluiett put Xavier ahead 36-28 early in the second half.
Bluiett had a steal and basket before another 3-pointer by Davis, and James Farr's layup made it 43-28 with 13 minutes to play.
Xavier made 8 of its first 13 second-half shots after shooting just 24.1 percent during the opening half.