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Published: Saturday, January 13, 2018 @ 4:21 PM
Updated: Saturday, January 13, 2018 @ 4:19 PM
CINCINNATI — After consecutive road losses, No. 10 Xavier was back home and back in form.
Trevon Bluiett emerged from his shooting slump with 24 points, Kaiser Gates responded to getting dropped from the starting lineup by scoring 16, and the Musketeers routed No. 25 Creighton 92-70 on Saturday.
The Musketeers (16-3, 4-2 Big East) shook up their starting lineup after back-to-back road losses at Providence and No. 1 Villanova . They had this one in hand all the way, pulling ahead by 27 points midway through the second half.
"I think we played with a little incentive today," coach Chris Mack said. "I think we played with our backs against the wall."
The Bluejays (14-3, 4-2) gave up a season high in points and took their most lopsided loss. All of Creighton's losses have come against teams that were ranked in the Top 25 at the time — Baylor, Gonzaga and Seton Hall along with Xavier.
"This is different for us," coach Greg McDermott said. "This is really the first time we've gotten spanked, so it's a new experience for us and hopefully something we're committed to not being part of the rest of the season."
Marcus Foster and Mitch Ballock scored 16 points apiece for the Bluejays.
"We made a lot of mental errors," Ballock said. "We got a little lazy with the ball. I think we underestimated Xavier."
Gates was dropped from the starting lineup after scoring a total of three points and taking only four shots during the two road losses. He came off the bench and had 11 points with seven rebounds as Xavier surged ahead 50-34 by halftime, the most points the Bluejays have allowed in an opening half this season.
"I came off the bench because I wasn't producing properly," Gates said. "I just wanted to play hard. I was a little more aggressive. I didn't miss open shots."
Mack got his 202nd win as Xavier's coach, tying Pete Gillen for the school record. Mack played for Gillen at Xavier.
"It's really about the players," Mack said.
Creighton: The Bluejays lead the Big East in scoring defense, allowing 73 points per game. They've held eight teams under 70 points. Xavier hit the 70-point mark with 10 minutes left.
Xavier: The Musketeers need their top scorer to get back in form. Bluiett has fought through shoulder and knee injuries and was shooting only 34 percent from the field in the last four games. He went 9 of 16 from the field, including 5 of 7 from beyond the arc.
Creighton was trying to become the first visiting team with four victories at the Cintas Center, which opened in 2000. Instead, Xavier improved to 12-0 at home this season.
Creighton's front line had a rough day. Forwards Martin Krampelj and Toby Hegner fouled out with more than 5 minutes left. The combined for only six points and eight rebounds. Krampelj had double-doubles in four of the last five games.
"We got bullied today," McDermott said.
Xavier fell into a habit of slow starts — set up by missed shots — at the start of games. They missed their first six shots Saturday, but relaxed once a couple of them fell. Xavier wound up shooting 48 percent from the field and going 11 of 24 from beyond the arc, the most 3s it has made in a Big East game this season.
Xavier had 14 assists in the big opening half, more than it had in either of the last two games overall.
GIVING IT AWAY
Creighton was among the league's best at taking care of the ball, but wound up with a season-high 20 turnovers, which set up 21 of Xavier's points.
"We didn't really have it from the start," McDermott said. "We had five turnovers before the first media timeout. We've been one of the best in the country at not turning it over. Some of it was the pressure and the length of Xavier, but some of it was our foolishness."
Forward Tyrique Jones hurt his right hand in practice and didn't play.
The Bluejays host No. 13 Seton Hall on Wednesday. They lost at Seton Hall 90-84 on Dec. 28 in their league opener.
The Musketeers host St. John's on Wednesday.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:50 AM
Englewood — The Englewood Police Department is looking for tips regarding a theft that occurred on Sunday, January 14. Two suspects were involved in a reported pickpocketing at a local restaurant.
Once the victim discovered her wallet was missing, the suspects had already charged nearly $6000 in purchases.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 3:38 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:15 PM
TODAY: Mostly cloudy skies are expected today with a few passing showers at times. With temperatures hovering just above freezing most of the day, we could see a mix or rain and even snow at times. No accumulation is expected as the ground is too warm to support anything frozen.
TOMORROW: Colder temperatures start the day in the mid-20s. Some passing flurries are also possible for the first part of the day. Highs peak in the mid-30s as clouds decrease at nighttime.
THURSDAY: There will be sunshine throughout the day with temperatures warmer than normal in the low 40s. The day will be dry.
FRIDAY: We continue to see temperatures improve with sunshine and a few clouds as highs reach around 50 degrees.
SATURDAY: The day will be breezy and mild with highs around 50 degrees. Rain showers will start to arrive and become more widespread into the night.
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 1:45 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:08 PM
MIDDLETOWN — No reason was given Monday for the unexpected resignation of the CEO of the Middletown Community Foundation.
T. Duane Gordon, who led the foundation for more than 10 years and grew it into one of the state’s most powerful organizations, resigned earlier this month, Carole Schul, board president of the foundation, told this news organization on Monday.
She refused to say why Gordon resigned. His name has been removed from the foundation’s web site.
Schul said that while the MCF searches for a permanent replacement, longtime Middletown businessman Dan Sack will serve as interim director. Sack, who worked at Armco for 24 years and as a private businessman for 20 years, said his top priorities are keeping the foundation “moving in the right direction” and finding a permanent replacement for Gordon.
When asked why he resigned, Gordon said in a text message to this media outlet that he didn’t wish to “discuss beyond” what was said in the news release.
He was hired in December 2007 as executive director of the Middletown Community Foundation. A graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in communications and journalism, Gordon’s first career was as a newspaper reporter and editor at the Madison County Journal.
“On behalf of the entire Board, and the Middletown Community Foundation, we want to thank Duane for his dedicated service during a time of growth and against a challenging economic backdrop,” Schul wrote in an email to this news organization.
“We wish him all the best in his future endeavors. The Foundation remains dedicated to its mission to secure permanent and growing assets for the Middletown area’s changing needs, and looks forward to a productive year.”
According to a national study, the Middletown Community Foundation was the No. 1 most active community foundation in Ohio, which has 80 community foundations and the No. 21 most active foundation in the United States, which has more than 750 community foundations; and was ranked for the first year ever in the top 100 for per capita giving, at No. 59, with approximately $44 in gifts received per resident it serves in its communities.
Earlier this year, the MCF board of directors approved nearly $100,000 in grants to 14 local organizations.
The largest grant, worth $20,000, was awarded to People Working Cooperatively, a group that repairs homes for Middletown-area families.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:32 PM
GREENE COUNTY — UPDATE @ 12:20 p.m.
At least 10 homes were evacuated after a construction worker, digging the basement for a new home, hit a natural gas main line, causing a large gas leak on Brehm Boulevard east of Fairborn, according to fire officials.
Some of the homes are unoccupied or under construction, according to investigators.
No injuries have been reported.
We’ll update this page as new details become available.
Multiple fire crews have responded to reports of a large gas leak on Brehm Boulevard east of Fairborn Tuesday.
Initial reports indicate a contractor struck a main natural gas line, causing the leak.
Reports indicate firefighters are conducting evacuations in the neighborhood.