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

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

Xavier was up by as much as 11 points in the second half but his lead was reduced to three possessions, most recently with 3:14 to go.

Xavier was off with a 3-pointer but grabbed the offensive rebound and Adam Kunkel made a driving layup to start a six-point streak for an 88-79 lead.

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

Jack Nunge added 16 points and nine rebounds and Zach Freemantle had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Xavier (4-1), giving five starters a double-digit score. Kunkel finished with 11 points.

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

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