Justin Martin led a 13-point run that opened the second half and swept Xavier to a 70-60 victory over St. John's on Tuesday in the tip-off game for the reconfigured Big East.
One of the league's newcomers beat one of its old guard with a dominant second half.
Xavier (11-3) never trailed after Martin scored nine of his 15 points during the decisive run. The Musketeers outrebounded the Red Storm 25-16 in the second half and held St. John's to 25 percent shooting from the field
The Musketeers also went 16 of 21 on free throws after not shooting one in the first half.
Semaj Christon added 10 points and eight assists, and Isaiah Philmore had 11 points and nine rebounds.
D'Angelo Harrison scored 21 for St. John's (9-4), which is accustomed to coming to Cincinnati, but not to face Xavier. The Musketeers were added to the reconfigured basketball league while the University of Cincinnati moved to the American Athletic Conference.
Seven Big East schools formed a basketball-only league a...