CINCINNATI -- — Zach Freemantle scored 28 points, Nate Johnson drained seven 3-pointers and scored 25 points and Paul Scruggs added 20 points as Xavier beat Oklahoma 99-77 on Wednesday night in the Big 12/Big East Challenge.
Freemantle, who was a near-perfect 12-for-14 shooting, and Johnson each reached career highs for points and 3-pointers — Freemantle hit four — as the Musketeers pushed their season-opening win streak to seven games, matching the 7-0 start to the 2016-17 season.
Xavier set a program record with 19 3-pointers, hitting more than half of their field goals from beyond the arc. Xavier was 36-for-63 shooting for 57%.
The game, played before 300 fans and a number of cutouts in the 10,000-seat Cintas Center, was a barn-burner with 11 lead changes and eight ties and neither team leading by more than three through the first 15 minutes.
That's when Xavier took off, holding Oklahoma (2-1) scoreless for 3 1/2 minutes and closing the half on a 14-4 run. Xavier's offense was showcased by Freemantle in the final 67 seconds of the first half, hitting a second-chance jumper, then getting the feed on a 2-on-1 break after a Colby Jones steal to soar in for a dunk.
The teams had 11 turnovers each, but Xavier scored 19 off miscues to Oklahoma's 12.
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