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Xavier survives upset bid from Missouri State

In the Big East’s lone game of Friday evening, the Xavier Musketeers improved to 4-0 on the young season with a 59-56 win over the Missouri State Bears at Cintas Center.

As the score indicates, the game was very ugly. Xavier shot 5-23 from beyond the three-point line, continuing an alarming trend for the Musketeers this season, as their .209 three-point percentage has them 340 of 353 teams in the nation. It’s possible that it’s just an early season anomaly due to the three-point line being moved back, but the Musketeers were below-average from long-range last year, as well, shooting .