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Senior Niki DiGuilio made of Central Michigan's program-record 18 three-point field goals Saturday to lead the Chippewas past Xavier, 88-62.
Program Record 18 Threes Lead CMU Past Xavier, 88-62

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands - A program-record 18 three-point field goals helped Central Michigan earn a victory over Xavier in the finale of the Paradise Jam Saturday afternoon, 88-62. 

Led by six treys each from senior Niki DiGuilio and junior Kerby Tamm and a career-high 10 assists from junior Jessica Green, the Chippewas (2-4) finished the afternoon 18-for-32 (56.3 percent) from behind the arc. 

DiGuilio notched a game-high 21 points, while Tamm's 18 marked a new career high. Green recorded her first career double, scoring 15 points and dishing out a career-high 10 assists. 

Senior Jordan LaDuke also came off the bench and went a perfect 2-for-2 from deep to score a season-high 10 points in just 11 minutes. 

After a pair of losses to Kansas and No. 2 Duke in the first two contests of the tournament, the Chippewas came out firing and took an 11-2 lead over the Musketeers (2-5) behind triples from Green, Tamm and DiGuilio. A layup by senior Taylor Johnson on a feed from Green pushed the lead to double digits, 26-16, at the 8:39 mark of the first half and a three from Tamm with just 20 seconds left in the half gave the Maroon and Gold a 14-point halftime lead, 46-32. 

The Chippewas finished the first half 8-of-14 from deep, but out did themselves in the second half, going 10-for-18. 

Tamm started things off where she left them with a three at the 18:50 mark to extend the lead to 49-34 before a three by DiGuilio gave the Chippewas a 21-point advantage, 59-38, with 14:30 to play. 

The Musketeers were able to get as close to 15 with 7:30 to play, but DiGuilio scored nine of the Chippewas' next 12 points over the next 2:03 to put the game out of reach. 

CMU's previous record of 16 three-point field goals set last season versus Robert Morris was broken when Tamm made a three with 3:49 to play. 

The Chippewas are back in action Thursday when they host their home opener versus Dayton at 7 p.m. inside McGuirk Arena.