Xavier Musketeers lose to Iowa State in NIT Season Tip-Off

Defense is supposed to travel, but the Xavier Musketeers didn't bring it with them to the Barclays Center on Wednesday night against Iowa State in the NIT Season Tip-Off.

The defense that led Xavier through its first four games and helped produce a No. 25 ranking in the latest Associated Press poll, got torn to shreds by Iowa State guard Izaiah Brockington, who led the Cyclones to an 82-70 win with 23 of his game-high 30 points in the second half.

"You guys ask questions about the defensive end and you're 1,000% right," said Xavier head coach Travis Steele. "This is the first time I didn't feel like we played towards our identity this year. Iowa State was the harder playing team. They were the more physical team. They were the tougher team tonight. That's why they won the game. Point blank. End of story." 

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