BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Today is the first time this season Xavier faces full-court pressure from beginning to end.
That's what the Musketeers coaches are expecting from the University of San Francisco.
The Dons were ahead of 10th-ranked UCLA 40-36 at halftime Thursday night in their first game at the Puerto Rico Shootout before the Bruins rallied for a 69-62 victory.
''They're a little bit like us,'' said Xavier assistant coach Jeff Battle, who scouted USF. ''They're a little bit undersized, their full-court pressure is always in your face, they play hard and they have good athletes.''
The Xavier coaches, who were watching film of Colorado until almost 2 a.m. Friday, stayed to see San Francisco's victory over American University of Puerto Rico Friday night.
With its victory over Colorado, Xavier avoided losing consecutive games for the first time since late in the 1995-96 season.
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