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Play by Play
he day has come for the Massachusetts men's basketball team (13-14, 8-8 Atlantic 10) to show its worth. The postseason is another story altogether - records and rankings are out the window and all that remains is 40 minutes of basketball to determine who goes on and who goes home.
For UMass, it will be the Xavier Musketeers in the first round - the same team the Minutemen beat 65-56 just five days ago. Common knowledge says that it is very difficult to beat a team twice in a season, let alone twice in one week.
The Minutemen and Musketeers shot back and forth last Saturday, before UMass pulled away in the waning minutes. UMass coach Travis Ford doesn't see much difference between Saturday's game and what he'll see tonight.
"Both teams have the same advantages, any way you want to think about it," Ford said. "It was a really tight game where neither team really dominated the other team so I don't see the teams changing a whole lot really. It was such a tight basketball game."
Senior Jeff Viggiano played inspired basketball in his last home game as a Minuteman. He scored 12 points, added five rebounds and mixed that in with a couple of thunderous slams and put-backs that had the Mullins Center crowd on its feet.
It will take everything that Viggiano has left in the tank to come away with a victory tonight. The Minutemen have been notoriously bad away from the Mullins Center. They went 3-11 on the road in the regular season, including some dismal performances at Temple and Richmond. UMass will need to show up tonight in order to get a victory from a team hungry for revenge.
"We've broken down every single play that we did, offensively and defensively, against them," Ford said. "I don't think either one of us hurt each other with any one thing. It was such a tight game. They led for a lot of it, then we came back at the end and won. So I don't think anyone is going to make any drastic changes."
Maybe the Minutemen won't have to change the style of play, but something will need to be done to change the road mentality for this team. No one doubts the UMass talent, but sometimes it just doesn't seem to be mentally there.
The Minutemen didn't bring intensity in the second game against Temple, and in the last road game of the season against the Richmond Spiders, they seemed to roll over when the game became intense.
"Hopefully we can make some 3's," Ford said. "That is going to be key for us if we can make some 3-pointers. Rashaun [Freeman] needs to make some things happen in the post, and we got the ball to him a couple of times [in the last game] but they just did a good job defending him."
Freshman guard Chris Lowe, a recent selection for the A-10 All-Rookie team, gave his thoughts on what the Minutemen need to do to get a win tonight.
"We just played them a couple days ago so you look at the tape," Lowe said. "You look at the positives and look at the negatives, play harder than we did before and cut down on the turnovers a little bit."
Junior captain Rashaun Freeman echoed Lowe's statement.
"Obviously, we have to be ready to play because they are going to be ready to upset us," Freeman said. "I think we kept them in the game by turning the ball over 12 times in the first half."
Turnovers and road games are both sore spots for this team - nagging pains that the Minutemen will have to remedy if they are to advance in the A-10 Tournament.
INCINNATI - Junior forward Stephane Lasme is expected to play today when the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team meets Xavier at 6:30 p.m. in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament at U.S. Bank Arena.
Lasme, who was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest early Sunday in downtown Amherst, traveled with the Minutemen to Cincinnati.
Coach Travis Ford and Lasme Tuesday had no comment on his arrest. School officials said Monday that no action would be taken until after Lasme's legal situation is resolved.
Lasme was an integral part of the Minutemen's 65-56 win over Xavier Saturday with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
While U.S. Bank Arena is technically a neutral site, the hometown Musketeers (17-10, 8-8 Atlantic 10) figure to have a home-crowd advantage.
'They will have a lot of fans there,' Ford said Tuesday, adding that he hopes the Minutemen (13-14, 8-8) will put their regular-season road woes behind them. 'This is a new season. Hopefully we learned from the last one.'
UMass was 10-2 at the Mullins Center during the regular season, and 3-12 elsewhere.
Ford predicted a similar style game to Saturday.
'It's the same for both teams. It was a tight game. Neither team really dominated the other team. I don't see either team changing a whole lot because it was such a tight basketball game,' said Ford, adding that his staff tried to predict how the Musketeers might adjust. 'You try to think in that mind-set a little bit, no question. We've broken down every play offensively and defensively. I don't think any one of us hurt each other with one thing. I don't think any team is going to make drastic changes.'
The Minutemen won despite off nights by their top two scorers. Rashaun Freeman had nine points while James Life had seven. UMass would get a lift if either or both of them have good nights,.
'It's going to be key for us to make some 3s. Ray needs to make things happen in the post,' Ford said.
'We have to step it up a notch because they will. They'll be a little upset that they lost,' Freeman said. 'Plus every team has to step it up this time of year because you're playing for more.'
Chris Lowe, who will have to log a lot of minutes if the Minutemen make any kind of run this week, said he is excited about playing in his first A-10 Tournament.
'I'm looking forward to it. I've never played in a tournament in March before,' he said.
Freeman said the tournament gives the Minutemen an opportunity to make up for some missteps in close games earlier this year.
'This is a good time to get the wins back from games we came up short in all year,' Freeman said.
Xavier coach Sean Miller, who saw his team struggle down the stretch, said he also is thankful for the fresh start.
'We've got to be that team that really catches fire,' Miller said. 'I don't mean just shooting the ball from the field. I mean making free throws and not turning the ball over. We need to become very difficult to guard. We're certainly capable of doing that.'
The Minutemen and Musketeers are two of the four teams that finished 8-8 in the conference. UMass is seeded No. 7 and Xavier No. 10.
UMass and Xavier have met once before in the A-10 Tournament, a 65-59 Musketeer win in the quarterfinals in 2002. An off-balance 3-pointer by Eric Williams forced overtime in that game, but Xavier finished the Minutemen off in overtime.
UMass won its first-round game that year 73-62 over George Washington, in its first conference tournament under then-coach Steve Lappas.
The Minutemen haven't won a game in the A-10 Tournament since then. They lost 85-74 to George Washington in Amherst in 2003, 79-76 to Duquesne in 2004 and 70-64 to La Salle in overtime last year.
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INCINNATI (AP) - Stanley Burrell scored 22 points Wednesday, leading a long-range shooting attack that carried Xavier to a 75-66 victory over Massachusetts in the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament.
Xavier (18-10) went 10-of-18 from behind the arc, scoring easily over the conference's stingiest 3-point defense. Burrell led the way, going 3-of-5 from behind the arc in a balanced offense that featured five players in double figures.
The Musketeers will play Charlotte, the tournament's No. 2 seed, on Thursday. They had a 78-65 victory at Charlotte on Jan. 14, before injuries sapped their lineup.
James Life gets tangled up here by Stanley Burrell, but he scored a game-high 24 points.
The downtown arena, located a 20-minute drive from Xavier's campus, was roughly half-full for evening game. The Musketeers technically were the visiting team, wearing their road blue uniforms, because UMass had the better seed.
Xavier got the crowd into the game and pulled ahead by 14 points in the first half. UMass never got closer than five points the rest of the way.
Xavier hit three consecutive 3-pointers to spark a decisive 21-4 first-half run that featured nine points by Burrell. Xavier took advantage of sloppy play and listless perimeter defense by the Minutemen, who had 12 turnovers in the first half and 20 in the game.
Freshman point guard Johnny Wolf, who became the starter when senior Dedrick Finn was kicked off the team Feb. 22 for violating school policy, hit a pair of 3's from behind the NBA arc during the run that put Xavier ahead to stay.
Xavier has been forced to rely on its outside shooters since forward Brian Thornton, the team's leading scorer and rebounder, broke his ankle on Feb. 11. Less than two weeks later, forward Justin Doellman broke two bones in his shooting hand.
As a result, Xavier finished the regular season in a 3-4 slump that included a 65-56 loss at Massachusetts on Saturday. The Musketeers faded in that one, failing to make a field goal in the final 8 minutes.
Massachusetts coach Travis Ford worried about his team's puzzling inconsistency heading into the rematch - only one three-game winning streak all season. On Wednesday, the Minutemen were out of sorts against a team they'd beaten only four days earlier.
Life got the Minutemen rolling early in the second half by hitting a 3 and, seconds later, stealing a crosscourt pass for a fastbreak dunk that cut the lead to 35-29. Xavier quickly ended the comeback by hitting three consecutive 3's in a 13-3 spurt, the first of them by Burrell.
UMass made a late run, cutting it to 61-56 on consecutive 3's by Jeff Viggiano and Life. Doellman put Xavier back in control by hitting a 3-pointer, then getting a steal and passing to Burrell for a fastbreak layup.
Doellman, playing with a brace on the right hand, went 4-of-11 from the field for 12 points.
ames Life scored in double-figures for the 14th time in 28 games this season with 24. Life had only broken the 10-point mark in a one of the last five games, his season-high tying 25 against Dayton. With his 24, Life finished with three games of 24 points or more this season, all coming in the last seven games of the season. His final scoring average was 11.3, second on the team. He averaged 7.9 points over the first 15 games and averaged 15.2 in the final 13 games.
* Stephane Lasme scored in double-figures for the 15th time this season with 20 points. Lasme had only five double-figures game in his first two seasons at UMass. He has been in double-figures in five of the last six games, averaging 14.7 ppg.
* It was Lasme's second career game of 20 or more points, the only other coming against St. Peter's on Dec. 27, 2005.
* Lasme had three blocked shots to give him 108 this season, the second-highest single-season in UMass history. He passed Marcus Camby's second-place mark of 105 which he set in 1993-94. Camby holds the all-time record at 128 in 1995-96.
* Rashaun Freeman grabbed 10 rebounds for the 13th time this season and 32nd time in his career. But it was the second time he did not post 10 or more points in a game he had double-figure rebounds. He finished with a team-high rebounding average of 9.3 and team-high scoring average of 13.6.
* Chris Lowe had eight assists in the game to give him the A-10 championship in assists as a freshman with a 4.9 average. His total of 137 was the second-most by a freshman in UMass history.
* Senior Jeff Viggiano scored six points in his UMass finale. He finished his career with 817 career points and a 7.7 scoring average in 106 games.
* R-Sophomore Dante Milligan drew his first career start in the game. He has come off the bench the previous 21 games this season.
* Stephane Lasme came off the bench for the first time in two seasons, he had started 55 games in a row.
"We had four or five balls with no one around that we just dropped. Turnovers have been a problem for us. We are not going to beat anyone when they shoot 10-of-18 from the three-point line. They were taking us off the dribble. It looked like they were trying to take us one on one and they were successful. We played better in the second half, but they just made big shots."
On his team: "I didn't see them getting tight. Our offense just struggled. When you're not scoring it affects everything you're doing. Your defense feeds off your offense."
"Chris Lowe had a lot of responsibility on his shoulders [this season]. I really enjoyed him being more coachable as the season wore on."
On James Life: "He's a nice basketball player. He competed today."
Massachusetts Senior Jeff Viggiano
"It's depressing. It's not the way you want to go out. [Xavier] had much more energy than us from the start."
Xavier Head Coach Sean Miller
"It was a good win for our team. I thought Brandon Cole's play was really tremendous for our team but also tremendous for him as a person. He's gone through an awful lot with his injury and it's really taken him a long period of time. A lot of kids like him would be in the tank in the second week of March but he found a way to stick with it and it really helped our team. We were in foul trouble and, quite frankly, we're not deep enough to overcome that."
"We made 10 three's tonight. We just played up there on Saturday and I'd like to say we changed a lot and did some things differently. But in that game we were 3-of-15 from three and tonight we made 10. We are a team that's capable of shooting. We have to deliver on that and tonight we did."
"I really believe that between our shooting and Cole's play, that those are the two significant factors that helped us win."
"One win in the postseason and it feels like 10 - everyone will tell you that. And tomorrow if you're at the podium as the loser, you wonder where all the attention and the good feeling went. It changes so drastically."
"I liked the way we looked tonight. But more importantly we played hard and gave great effort even in the first four minutes of the game when UMass came out sharp. We were playing at a high level and that was good to see."
Junior Forward Justin Doellman
On his three-point shot late: "It was a big shot. It took us from [up] five to eight points. And that was big for us when they made their run. It gave us a lot of confidence. They're a great team and we knew they were going to make a run."
Junior Forward Justin Cage
"It's a big win, but it's just a win and now we've got to get ready for tomorrow. It's behind us now, but it was a big win."
On the play of Brandon Cole: "It was real important because Josh [Duncan] got in foul trouble and Cole came in and stepped it up and helped his confidence."
"We had an idea of what we needed to do and we knew if we lose know we're done. I was out for revenge and that was my mindset coming into the game."
INCINNATI, Ohio - After falling behind 33-19 in the first half, the Massachusetts men's basketball team never recovered and fell to Xavier 75-66 in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament last night at U.S. Bank Arena, effectively ending its season.
The stands were covered with a sea of blue shirts. Xavier students - who were just a short trip away from the arena - made the journey, spray-painted their faces and even sported blue mohawks. It was the scene of a Xavier home game, which made things all the more difficult for the Minutemen, who won just three games on the road in the regular season.
Travis Ford calls out instructions for his team.
Five Musketeers finished in double figures, led by Stanley Burrell who tallied 22.v UMass junior James Life led all scorers with 24 points on 6-of-15 shooting from the 3-point line while junior captain Stephane Lasme added 20 points. Freshman Chris Lowe chipped in with eight assists.
"It's not the way you want to go out," said UMass senior Jeff Viggiano, who played his final game for the Minutemen. "[Xavier] came out with a lot more energy than us, and we just couldn't match it."
The Minutemen staged a valiant comeback effort in the waning minutes of the second half, cutting the lead to just five points on a Life 3-pointer with 3:24 remaining.
But the Musketeers squashed UMass' last-gasp attempt when Justin Doellman buried a 3, after the Minutemen had cut the lead down to five.
"It was a big shot for our team because it pushed [the lead] from five to eight points," Doellman said. "It gave us tremendous confidence."
"That was a big shot for us in the game and a big shot for our team," Xavier coach Sean Miller said. "We were playing at a high level, and that was good to see."
"It was a big shot," Ford added. "When he shot it, I thought it was off. He just got a good roll. When they go 10-for-18 from the 3-point line, we're not going to beat anybody."
On the ensuing Xavier possession, Stanley Burrell finished a fast break off of a UMass turnover, pushing the lead back to 10 points with just over two minutes left.
"When you come into a game, especially tournament time, you have to play to your strengths," Ford said. "And our strengths are rebounding and defense. We didn't do either one of those [last night]."
UMass scored 66 points in yesterday's game, but offense at key moments was nowhere to be found. It was aggravating for Ford and the Minutemen.
"When you're not scoring, it's so frustrating," Ford said. "Your defense feeds off of your offense. And when you're not scoring, it affects everything else on the court. It was just one of those games."
The Xavier big men were in foul trouble early. At the 10:26 mark of the first half, sophomore Josh Duncan picked up his second foul. Inside a minute later, Will Caudle picked up his second. Then, with four minutes remaining in the first half, Doellman committed his second foul on a reach.
Duncan fouled out with 7:50 remaining in the game, but the Minutemen couldn't capitalize on Xavier's weakened inside presence, turning the ball over whenever they went to the paint, as three Xavier defenders were always waiting on the block and continually prevented the Minutemen from finishing.
"They came out very aggressive taking us off the dribble," Ford said. "We're the No. 1 team in the league in rebounding, and we got out-rebounded."
The Musketeers led 33-21 at the half. UMass struggled on the offensive end in the first frame. Every dribble penetration led to a turnover, and the Minutemen shooters couldn't find the basket from 3-point land.
Xavier harassed Life on the perimeter. It put different defenders on him throughout the first half, and Life had trouble finding shooting space. Still, he managed to go 2-for-4 from beyond the arc and 3-for-6 from the field.
INCINNATI - The University of Massachusetts men's basketball team's final game this season on Wednesday looked a lot like too many others outside the Mullins Center as the Minutemen shot poorly and turned the ball over often.
Rashaun Freeman gets mobbed by the Xavier triple-team.
It was the fourth straight first-round exit from the Atlantic 10 Tournament for UMass which finished 13-15.
'They were much more physical than us, much more aggressive than us. You have to give them all of the credit,' UMass coach Travis Ford said. 'The strengths of our basketball team have been rebounding and defense. We didn't do either one of those today.'
With just under three minutes left in the game, back-to-back 3-pointers by Jeff Viggiano and James Life cut an 11-point deficit to five for the Minutemen. At the other end, UMass forced the Musketeers deep into the shot clock. Justin Doellman's 3-point try hit the side of the rim, caromed upward, hit the front of the rim, then the back and dropped in for a 64-56 lead. The shot finished off the Minutemen, who never got that close again.
'That was a big shot,' Ford said. 'I felt pretty good coming back. When he shot it I thought it was definitely off, but he got a great roll.'
'It was a big shot because it took us from five to eight and really helped us as they made a run,' Doellman said. 'We knew they'd make a run. We just stayed focused and tried to finish out the game.'
Life led the Minutemen with 24 points, while Stephane Lasme had 20 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots off the bench. The Musketeers held UMass all-conference big man Rashaun Freeman under 10 points for the second straight game as the junior captain finished with seven points and 10 rebounds.
Xavier (18-10), which avenged its 65-56 loss Saturday to the Minutemen, advanced to face Charlotte at 6:30 tonight in the tournament quarterfinals.
Stanley Burrell scored 22 points to lead five Musketeers in double figures. Doellman and Justin Cage each had 12, while Josh Duncan and Johnny Wolf scored 10 each.
The Minutemen looked sharp early and jumped out to a 15-11 lead, but things fell apart after that. Xavier closed the half on a 22-6 run and put UMass in a halftime hole at 33-21. Burrell led the push by scoring nine points in the spurt.
The Musketeers stretched their edge to 54-39 midway through the second half before the Minutemen launched their final comeback attempt.
'We played better in the second half, but they made big shots,' Ford said.
While the game was the eighth this season in which UMass had 20 or more turnovers - and the fourth in the last eight - Wednesday's giveaways were sloppier than most. On several occasions they appeared to be unforced.
'It was just one of those things. We had four or five balls with no one around us that we just dropped,' Ford said. 'This has obviously been an issue with this basketball team.'
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INCINNATI - University of Massachusetts junior forward Stephane Lasme was held out of the starting lineup Wednesday for the first time this season and Dante Milligan made his first collegiate start.
Dante Milligan snatches the ball away from Justin Doellman.
Lasme entered the Atlantic 10 Tournament first-round game after 2 minutes, 7 seconds. He had 20 points and eight rebounds in 35 minutes before fouling out. Xavier fans heckled him throughout the game.
The brief benching ended a streak of 55 straight starts for Lasme, who declined comment.
VIGGIANO FINALE - The game marked the end of Minuteman senior forward Jeff Viggiano's career. The popular captain had six points and four steals in his final game and finished with 817 points in his career.
'It's depressing,' Viggiano said of the 75-66 loss. 'That's not the way you want to go out. They had more energy than us. We couldn't match it.'
Junior Rashaun Freeman was disappointed the team didn't send Viggiano out with a better performance.
'He gave so much to this university. I didn't want to see him go out this way,' Freeman said. 'I hope and pray when he comes back to see us play that we're winners. He'll have a lot to do with it even though he's not going to be here.'
The seven other scholarship players all return for UMass.
ROAD WOES - The Minutemen finished the season 3-13 away from the Mullins Center. Their turnover numbers, while not good in any building, got worse outside of Amherst as they averaged 18.25 compared to 15.33 at home.
FREEMAN RETURNING - Freeman briefly talked at the beginning of the season about the potential of entering the NBA draft if he had a big junior season.
But after Wednesday's loss, he was looking ahead to his senior season. Freeman sat out his freshman year as an academic nonqualifier. Because he was diagnosed with a learning disability before entering UMass, Freeman will get his lost year back even if he doesn't reach the 80 percent of degree requirements that other nonqualifiers need.
Freeman finished the season with 1,257 career points which is good for No. 15 all-time at UMass. If he matches this season's 380 points next year, he would finish No. 6 all-time on the school's career scoring list.
LASME'S BLOCKS - Lasme's three blocked shots gave him 108 this year, the second best single-season total in school history behind Marcus Camby's 128 in 1995-96.
Lasme now has 233 in his career. If he can block 103 as a senior, he would pass Camby (336) for the most blocks in school history.
MISCELLANEOUS - More than 100 of Ford's friends and relatives made the trip from nearby Kentucky for the game. Included in that group were several members of Ford's 2004-05 Eastern Kentucky team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Lasme and Chris Lowe of the Minutemen fouled out of the game, as did Josh Duncan and Justin Doellman of Xavier.
This is the end of four straight years that the Atlantic 10 Tournament was played in Ohio. It was in Dayton in 2003 and 2004 and in Cincinnati the last two season. It moves to Atlantic City for the 2007 event.
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hen so much goes wrong for so long, as it has for Xavier, a victory such as Wednesday's in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament feels pretty good.
In a battle of 1s, Josh Duncan gets control of the rebound over Rashaun Freeman.
"It kind of gives us a little life," said junior forward Justin Cage. "We can look forward to tomorrow."
A chance to make something of this season is all Xavier wants, and that's what it has after posting a 75-66 win against Massachusetts at U.S. Bank Arena.
Five days after it lost at Massachusetts, Xavier (18-10) controlled the game throughout, advancing to meet Charlotte at 6:30 p.m. today in the quarterfinals.
It is a relieving position for Xavier to be in after the focus surrounding the team had started to shift to next season because of the slide Xavier endured in the past month.
"We're not talking about next year," said sophomore Stanley Burrell, who led XU with 22 points. "We're talking about right now. We've had a lot of adversity, but we're just like, 'Stay with it, stay with it.' "
Xavier won the game because of its playmaking in the first half and its will to fight back when UMass (13-15) made a run late in the second half.
Burrell, in particular, enjoyed Wednesday's game because February was such a painful month for him. Not only was Xavier losing, but he was dealing with personal issues off the court that affected his energy on the court.
"I haven't been having that much fun on the court," Burrell said. "To come out here and play like that tonight - focused on just basketball - it's a good feeling."
He looked to be having fun in the first half when he stood on the Xavier sideline and whirled a towel above his head after Xavier freshman point guard Johnny Wolf swished an NBA-range 3-pointer that gave Xavier a four-point lead.
Later, Wolf hit another 3-pointer from the NBA line, and by then it was clear Xavier was in control, ahead by 14 points.
Wolf, too, has noticed discussion about next season and the arrival of point guard Drew Lavender, who is expected to take over the position Wolf plays.
"The opportunity I have at the end of the season, I'm just trying to make the best of it and go out there and show them what I can do," said Wolf, who finished with 10 points and three assists. "We're still playing for an NCAA Tournament berth, which would be huge."
It had been some time since Xavier players had the confidence to talk about playing in the postseason, much less make the plays to actually get there. Just finishing out this season was beginning to seem like a chore after senior center Brian Thornton went down with a broken ankle and Dedrick Finn was kicked off the team.
"It felt like that for a second," Burrell said. "But if we bring energy, we can be really good. But we hadn't been bringing it at all."
So before Wednesday's game, Xavier's coaching staff showed video clips of Duke and North Carolina players performing in games to give XU players and idea of what it meant to truly hustle.
And Wednesday, Xavier did, providing hope for another game.
"We've got a really good chance to make something special," Cage said. "As long as we stay focused and don't worry about next year, it can still be a good season, a magical season."
hat they're doing now is holding on. They just want to survive, catch a wave and see how long they can ride it. The Xavier Musketeers are playing to salvage something from a season gone south, and they're doing it while re-inventing themselves on the fly.
They beat UMass Wednesday, 75-66. It was messy, it was a sweat, it had all the flair of a sixth-grade dance. It's hard to get worked up about a first-round game in the Atlantic 10 Tournament in U.S. Bank Arena.
It didn't help that the teams combined for 40 turnovers and the gym had all the atmosphere of a supermarket aisle.
A win over Charlotte in the quarterfinals tonight probably will assure XU an NIT invitation. The NIT arrives on Victory Parkway under the heading Better Than Nothing.
But ultimately, so what?
The Musketeers win, they play some more. They lose, they don't.
It's the only time in sports when One Game at a Time truly applies. If Xavier gets past Charlotte, XU will play in a semifinal Friday, and talk will turn to whether this team can do what the Elite Eight team did, two years ago: Win its way into the NCAA Tournament by winning the A-10 Tournament.
The chances of that are slim and slimmest. But until they lose, the Musketeers are at least in the photo.
"You can sense when guys are playing their hearts out," said Sean Miller. They scar their knees laying out for loose balls. They make a block on one end, then sprint to the other to take an outlet pass for a layup. Both of which happened for XU Wednesday.
Desperation enters the equation in March. Desperation is a great motivator.
In February, you lose Brian Thornton, your best player. You exile your wayward point guard. "(Dedrick) Finn leaving our team," was how Miller described the parting. You try to discover who you've become while not losing your balance. You attempt all that while hoping to play four games in four days. Go get 'em.
The Musketeers got a little from almost everyone Wednesday, which is how it has to be without Thornton and Finn. Brandon Cole, whom Miller called "the best rebounder" on the Elite Eight team, had eight boards in 20 minutes.
Johnny Wolf hit two first-half 3s, from NBA range. Wolf starts his jumper from down around his navel, so he needs a little space to get it off. Twenty-five feet from the hoop, he had some room.
Justin Doellman slopped in a key 3-pointer late, when UMass had closed to five. The ball hit the side of the rim, bounced around and dropped. Doellman planned it that way.
Stanley Burrell continues to make you say "wow" and "whoa," often in the same game. Against the Minutemen, Burrell was mostly wow. He keyed an 11-0 run in the first half, with a driving layup and a three. He pulled up from the key for a 3 early in the second half. A few minutes later, Burrell broke a few UMass ankles maneuvering for a driving floater in the lane.
Burrell finished with 22, his eighth game of 20-plus points. He also has had four games of 10 points or fewer. XU desperately needs 22-point Stan this weekend.
Burrell made three of five 3s; the Musketeers made 10 of 18 while shooting 51 percent. That comes and goes. As Miller said: "We made 10 3s tonight. That team two years ago would have done it again tomorrow. Before, we could win games when we had bad shooting nights. At this point, I'm not sure we can. We aren't nearly the rebounding team we once were."
Miller isn't one to lead cheers when cheers aren't worthy. There isn't much coachspeak to him. Ask him if his team can go 4-for-4, he says, "I don't know." Ask him what would allow him to consider this messy season a success, he says, "just keep playing. One win in the postseason feels like 10."
They get another chance tonight. Given what has happened in the past month, that's all they can ask.
istory was beginning to repeat itself.
Lawrence Carrier and Justin Cage scrap for the loose ball.
Predictably, the Musketeers were playing tight, turning over the ball against UMass' full-court press and missing opportunities to put away the game for good.
This was the time of the game coach Sean Miller has been discussing the past few weeks, where he needs one of his players - anybody in a Musketeers uniform - to hit a big shot, grab an important rebound, dive for a vital loose ball.
This was the time of the game that could give the Musketeers the victory they'd need to continue their season, something they haven't had in recent weeks.
And the big play at U.S. Bank Arena came from an unlikely source - junior forward Justin Doellman.
With XU leading by five but playing scared with 3:28 to play, Doellman's 3-point attempt rattled around the rim before dropping through. Suddenly, the Musketeers were loose and ready to finish the 75-66 victory.
"That was a really big shot for us," said Miller, whose 10th-seeded team will face No. 2 seed Charlotte (18-11) at 6:30 p.m. in today's quarterfinals. "That's kind of what I mean when I talk about players making plays. I don't mean the last-second shot, and I'm not talking about the final play. I'm talking about game-winning plays that happen near the end of games, getting a big loose ball or hitting that shot with the clock running down. Those are all things that this team can't take for granted."
Doellman was an unlikely candidate. Although the Ryle High School product said after Tuesday's practice that the team had faith in him and that he had faith in himself, he passed up a few open 3-point shots during Wednesday's game.
Before his 12-point, seven- rebound, four-assist, four-steal performance against UMass (13-15), Doellman had made only 10 of his past 37 (27 percent) long-distance attempts. But after the Minutemen had cut the lead from 15 points to five and when the Musketeers (18-10) needed him most, Doell- man made the big play.
"Coach has been telling me to shoot, so that gives me confidence alone," said Doellman, who was 4 of 11 from the field (2 of 4 from long distance). "When the ball goes in like that, it's just pressure off my shoulders."
Pressure off the whole team, in fact.
Once Doellman gave XU that 64-56 lead, the Musketeers began to loosen. Thirty five seconds later, Doellman collected a steal and assisted a layup by sophomore guard Stanley Burrell, who scored a team-high 22 points.
The Minutemen weren't completely finished, but the 10-point deficit proved too much.
"We've been going through the same thing all year," Burrell said. "We finally broke through to be able to make the plays to win. It's been happening to us the whole time. Coach kept saying it was time to break though, to make the plays down the stretch to win. Doellman hit a good shot."
Then he looked at Doellman in the locker room and pointed, non-verbally congratulating him, because, for the Musketeers, this victory was imperative.
Besides the fact the win kept alive XU's season and its chances for a postseason tournament berth, it stopped a two-game losing streak during which the players, at times, didn't seem focused.
That wasn't the case Wednesday.
"One win in the postseason, it feels like 10," Miller said. "I liked the way we looked tonight, and more importantly, we played hard. We gave great effort. We were playing at a high level, and that was good to see."
Because it means XU finally broke through and took the first step toward making a four-day run in this tournament.
"Don't get me wrong, we still have a long road in front of us," Burrell said. "We haven't done anything. We have a long way to get to the NCAA tournament. We've got so much work in front of us."
|Appearing almost identical, James Life (left) and Rashaun Freeman both get by-passed by Stanley Burrell.|
|Xavier Musketeers (#10)||75|
|Massachusetts Minutemen (#7)||66|
|Atlantic 10 Tournament, First Round|
at U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati OH
Official Basketball Box Score Xavier vs Massachusetts 3/8/06 6:30 p.m. at US Bank Arena (Cincinnati, OH) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- VISITORS: Xavier 18-10 TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS ## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 01 DUNCAN, Josh........ f 5-7 0-1 0-1 1 1 2 5 10 2 4 1 0 17 03 CAGE, Justin........ f 3-6 2-2 4-6 1 4 5 2 12 2 1 0 0 37 15 DOELLMAN, Justin.... f 4-11 2-4 2-4 3 4 7 5 12 4 0 2 4 33 14 WOLF, Johnny........ g 3-5 2-4 2-2 0 3 3 0 10 3 2 0 0 32 34 BURRELL, Stanley.... g 7-13 3-5 5-7 0 4 4 1 22 5 5 0 2 38 11 RAYMOND, B.J........ 1-4 1-2 2-4 0 3 3 1 5 0 3 1 1 19 32 CHRISTIANSEN, Keenan 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+ 33 COLE, Brandon....... 2-3 0-0 0-0 2 5 7 1 4 0 3 1 2 20 52 CAUDLE, Will........ 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 4 TEAM................ 1 1 2 Totals.............. 25-49 10-18 15-24 8 25 33 17 75 16 20 5 9 200 TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-26 46.2% 2nd Half: 13-23 56.5% Game: 51.0% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 5-10 50.0% 2nd Half: 5-8 62.5% Game: 55.6% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 4-6 66.7% 2nd Half: 11-18 61.1% Game: 62.5% 5 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOME TEAM: Massachusetts 13-15 TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS ## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 20 Milligan, Dante..... f 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 6 22 Viggiano, Jeff...... f 2-10 2-7 0-0 1 0 1 3 6 1 3 1 4 30 01 Freeman, Rashaun.... c 3-5 0-0 1-2 4 6 10 3 7 4 3 2 2 34 34 Life, James......... c 8-19 6-15 2-2 0 2 2 3 24 1 5 0 2 37 14 Lowe, Chris......... g 2-6 0-2 1-2 1 2 3 5 5 8 4 0 2 39 02 Thomas, Brandon..... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 7 13 Lasme, Stephane..... 7-12 0-0 6-10 3 5 8 5 20 0 2 3 1 35 23 Carrier, Lawrence... 2-6 0-2 0-0 2 2 4 1 4 0 0 0 0 12 TEAM................ 3 1 4 Totals.............. 24-58 8-26 10-16 14 20 34 21 66 14 20 6 11 200 TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 9-24 37.5% 2nd Half: 15-34 44.1% Game: 41.4% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 2-9 22.2% 2nd Half: 6-17 35.3% Game: 30.8% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 1-3 33.3% 2nd Half: 9-13 69.2% Game: 62.5% 1 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Officials: Gene Steretore, Fran Connolly, Wally Rutecki Technical fouls: Xavier-None. Massachusetts-None. Attendance: Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total Xavier........................ 33 42 - 75 Massachusetts................. 21 45 - 66 Opening Round, 2006 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship Points in the paint-XAVIER 28,UMASS 28. Points off turnovers-XAVIER 15,UMASS 17. 2nd chance points-XAVIER 9,UMASS 10. Fast break points-XAVIER 9,UMASS 4. Bench points-XAVIER 9,UMASS 24. Score tied-2 times. Lead changed-4 times. Last FG-XAVIER 2nd-02:16, UMASS 2nd-00:21. Largest lead-XAVIER by 15 2nd-12:04, UMASS by 5 1st-13:42.
Play-by-Play Xavier vs Massachusetts 3/8/06 6:30 p.m. at US Bank Arena (Cincinnati, OH) 1st PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1) HOME TEAM: Massachusetts TIME SCORE MAR VISITORS: Xavier ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 19:49 0-2 V 2 GOOD! LAYUP by WOLF, Johnny [PNT] 19:49 ASSIST by DOELLMAN, Justin MISSED 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff 19:34 REBOUND (DEF) by WOLF, Johnny 19:22 TURNOVR by DUNCAN, Josh STEAL by Viggiano, Jeff 19:21 GOOD! JUMPER by Life, James [PNT] 19:12 2-2 T 1 18:42 2-4 V 2 GOOD! LAYUP by DUNCAN, Josh [PNT] FOUL by Milligan, Dante 18:42 MISSED FT SHOT by DUNCAN, Josh REBOUND (DEF) by Milligan, Dante 18:42 MISSED LAYUP by Life, James 18:10 BLOCK by DOELLMAN, Justin REBOUND (OFF) by Lowe, Chris 18:09 GOOD! JUMPER by Lowe, Chris 18:05 4-4 T 2 FOUL by Lowe, Chris 17:53 17:53 SUB IN : Lasme, Stephane 17:53 SUB OUT: Milligan, Dante 17:52 TURNOVR by DUNCAN, Josh MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun 17:49 REBOUND (DEF) by DOELLMAN, Justin 17:41 4-6 V 2 GOOD! JUMPER by DUNCAN, Josh [FB] 17:41 ASSIST by BURRELL, Stanley GOOD! 3 PTR by Life, James 17:29 7-6 H 1 BLOCK by Freeman, Rashaun 17:08 MISSED LAYUP by DUNCAN, Josh 17:06 REBOUND (OFF) by DUNCAN, Josh 17:04 7-8 V 1 GOOD! LAYUP by DUNCAN, Josh [PNT] TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane 16:53 16:51 STEAL by DOELLMAN, Justin REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun 16:46 MISSED 3 PTR by DOELLMAN, Justin GOOD! LAYUP by Lowe, Chris [PNT] 16:34 9-8 H 1 16:19 MISSED JUMPER by CAGE, Justin 16:19 REBOUND (OFF) by DOELLMAN, Justin REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun 16:15 MISSED LAYUP by DOELLMAN, Justin GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT] 15:54 11-8 H 3 ASSIST by Freeman, Rashaun 15:54 15:31 FOUL by DUNCAN, Josh 15:31 TURNOVR by DUNCAN, Josh TIMEOUT TEAM 15:31 MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James 15:12 REBOUND (DEF) by DUNCAN, Josh REBOUND (DEF) by Life, James 15:04 MISSED 3 PTR by RAYMOND, B.J. SUB IN : RAYMOND, B.J. 14:56 SUB OUT: WOLF, Johnny 14:56 MISSED LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane 14:39 BLOCK by RAYMOND, B.J. REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM) 14:37 SUB IN : CAUDLE, Will 14:35 SUB IN : Milligan, Dante SUB OUT: DOELLMAN, Justin 14:35 SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun STEAL by Viggiano, Jeff 14:25 TURNOVR by RAYMOND, B.J. FOUL by Viggiano, Jeff 14:23 TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff 14:23 14:23 SUB IN : Thomas, Brandon 14:23 SUB OUT: Viggiano, Jeff 14:02 FOUL by CAUDLE, Will 14:02 TURNOVR by CAUDLE, Will SUB IN : DOELLMAN, Justin 14:02 SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun SUB OUT: DUNCAN, Josh 14:02 SUB OUT: Milligan, Dante GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT] 13:42 13-8 H 5 ASSIST by Lowe, Chris 13:42 13:34 13-11 H 2 GOOD! 3 PTR by CAGE, Justin 13:27 ASSIST by BURRELL, Stanley TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun 13:14 REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane 13:01 MISSED LAYUP by RAYMOND, B.J. SUB IN : WOLF, Johnny 12:55 SUB OUT: RAYMOND, B.J. 12:55 12:51 FOUL by DOELLMAN, Justin GOOD! DUNK by Lasme, Stephane [PNT] 12:35 15-11 H 4 ASSIST by Freeman, Rashaun 12:35 MISSED FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane 12:35 FOUL by BURRELL, Stanley REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun 12:35 SUB IN : DUNCAN, Josh 12:35 SUB IN : Viggiano, Jeff SUB OUT: CAUDLE, Will 12:35 SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris MISSED LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane 12:19 REBOUND (DEF) by CAGE, Justin 12:11 15-13 H 2 GOOD! LAYUP by BURRELL, Stanley [PNT] FOUL by Life, James 12:09 MISSED FT SHOT by BURRELL, Stanley REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun 12:09 TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun 11:58 11:58 TIMEOUT TEAM 11:58 SUB IN : Lowe, Chris 11:58 SUB OUT: Life, James 11:30 TURNOVR by WOLF, Johnny STEAL by Viggiano, Jeff 11:28 TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris 11:10 11:09 STEAL by DOELLMAN, Justin 11:05 15-16 V 1 GOOD! 3 PTR by BURRELL, Stanley 11:05 ASSIST by WOLF, Johnny TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris 10:47 10:47 SUB IN : Carrier, Lawrence 10:47 SUB IN : Life, James 10:47 SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun 10:47 SUB OUT: Thomas, Brandon 10:26 FOUL by DUNCAN, Josh 10:26 TURNOVR by DUNCAN, Josh SUB IN : CAUDLE, Will 10:26 SUB OUT: DUNCAN, Josh 10:26 MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James 10:12 REBOUND (DEF) by BURRELL, Stanley BLOCK by Viggiano, Jeff 09:54 MISSED LAYUP by DOELLMAN, Justin 09:51 REBOUND (OFF) by DOELLMAN, Justin 09:39 FOUL by CAUDLE, Will 09:39 TURNOVR by CAUDLE, Will MISSED 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff 09:25 REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane 09:25 MISSED LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane 09:21 REBOUND (DEF) by DOELLMAN, Justin 09:14 TURNOVR by BURRELL, Stanley SUB IN : RAYMOND, B.J. 09:14 SUB OUT: BURRELL, Stanley 09:14 MISSED JUMPER by Carrier, Lawrence 09:03 REBOUND (DEF) by WOLF, Johnny 08:46 15-19 V 4 GOOD! 3 PTR by WOLF, Johnny 08:46 ASSIST by CAGE, Justin TURNOVR by Life, James 08:26 SUB IN : CHRISTIANSEN, Keenan 08:26 SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun SUB OUT: CAUDLE, Will 08:26 SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane 07:59 MISSED JUMPER by DOELLMAN, Justin 07:59 REBOUND (OFF) by CAGE, Justin FOUL by Carrier, Lawrence 07:59 SUB IN : COLE, Brandon 07:59 SUB IN : Lasme, Stephane SUB OUT: CHRISTIANSEN, Keenan 07:59 SUB OUT: Carrier, Lawrence 07:57 15-22 V 7 GOOD! 3 PTR by DOELLMAN, Justin 07:57 ASSIST by WOLF, Johnny GOOD! 3 PTR by Life, James 07:33 18-22 V 4 ASSIST by Lowe, Chris 07:33 BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane 07:14 MISSED LAYUP by DOELLMAN, Justin REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane 07:12 TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris 07:08 SUB IN : BURRELL, Stanley 07:08 SUB OUT: RAYMOND, B.J. 07:08 06:36 FOUL by COLE, Brandon 06:36 TURNOVR by COLE, Brandon MISSED 3 PTR by Lowe, Chris 06:11 REBOUND (DEF) by COLE, Brandon FOUL by Lasme, Stephane 06:02 18-23 V 5 GOOD! FT SHOT by CAGE, Justin 06:02 18-24 V 6 GOOD! FT SHOT by CAGE, Justin SUB IN : RAYMOND, B.J. 06:02 SUB OUT: WOLF, Johnny 06:02 TURNOVR by Life, James 05:44 05:42 STEAL by RAYMOND, B.J. 05:41 TURNOVR by RAYMOND, B.J. STEALVbybFREEMAN,JRashaun 05:39 05:16 MISSED JUMPER by BURRELL, Stanley 05:16 REBOUND (OFF) by COLE, Brandon 05:14 18-26 V 8 GOOD! LAYUP by COLE, Brandon [PNT] FOUL by Viggiano, Jeff 04:52 TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff 04:52 04:52 SUB IN : Carrier, Lawrence 04:52 SUB OUT: Viggiano, Jeff BLOCK by Freeman, Rashaun 04:29 MISSED LAYUP by COLE, Brandon REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane 04:28 MISSED FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane 04:01 FOUL by DOELLMAN, Justin REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL) 04:01 GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane 04:01 19-26 V 7 SUB IN : WOLF, Johnny 04:01 SUB IN : DUNCAN, Josh 04:01 SUB OUT: DOELLMAN, Justin 04:01 SUB OUT: CAGE, Justin 04:01 03:48 19-28 V 9 GOOD! LAYUP by BURRELL, Stanley [PNT] 03:48 ASSIST by DUNCAN, Josh MISSED JUMPER by Lowe, Chris 03:22 BLOCK by COLE, Brandon REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM) 03:22 MISSED 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence 03:17 REBOUND (DEF) by BURRELL, Stanley FOUL by Life, James 02:51 19-29 V 10 GOOD! FT SHOT by BURRELL, Stanley 02:51 19-30 V 11 GOOD! FT SHOT by BURRELL, Stanley SUB IN : CAGE, Justin 02:51 SUB IN : Thomas, Brandon SUB OUT: DUNCAN, Josh 02:51 SUB OUT: Life, James MISSED JUMPER by Lowe, Chris 02:32 REBOUND (DEF) by RAYMOND, B.J. REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris 02:25 MISSED 3 PTR by BURRELL, Stanley MISSED 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence 02:15 REBOUND (DEF) by RAYMOND, B.J. 02:07 19-33 V 14 GOOD! 3 PTR by WOLF, Johnny 02:07 ASSIST by BURRELL, Stanley TIMEOUT TEAM 02:02 TURNOVR by Thomas, Brandon 01:34 01:33 STEAL by COLE, Brandon 01:06 MISSED 3 PTR by BURRELL, Stanley 01:06 REBOUND (OFF) by COLE, Brandon 01:01 TURNOVR by COLE, Brandon 01:01 SUB IN : Life, James 01:01 SUB IN : Milligan, Dante 01:01 SUB OUT: Carrier, Lawrence 01:01 SUB OUT: Thomas, Brandon GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT] 00:33 21-33 V 12 ASSIST by Life, James 00:33 REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence 00:04 MISSED 3 PTR by WOLF, Johnny Xavier 33, Massachusetts 21 1st period-only InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties Leads Xavier 12 8 7 5 2 0 2 Massachusetts 12 6 2 0 7 2 2 2nd PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1) HOME TEAM: Massachusetts TIME SCORE MAR VISITORS: Xavier ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 20:00 SUB IN : Lasme, Stephane 20:00 SUB OUT: Milligan, Dante MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun 19:25 BLOCK by DUNCAN, Josh 19:24 REBOUND (DEF) by DOELLMAN, Justin REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane 19:22 MISSED LAYUP by BURRELL, Stanley GOOD! DUNK by Lasme, Stephane [PNT] 19:08 23-33 V 10 ASSIST by Freeman, Rashaun 19:08 FOUL by Lowe, Chris 19:03 BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane 18:43 MISSED LAYUP by CAGE, Justin REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun 18:42 GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane 18:37 24-33 V 9 FOUL by DOELLMAN, Justin MISSED FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane 18:37 REBOUND (DEF) by BURRELL, Stanley 18:12 24-35 V 11 GOOD! LAYUP by DUNCAN, Josh [PNT] GOOD! 3 PTR by Life, James 17:53 27-35 V 8 17:39 TURNOVR by CAGE, Justin STEAL by Life, James 17:38 GOOD! DUNK by Life, James [FB/PNT] 17:36 29-35 V 6 17:24 TIMEOUT 30sec 17:11 29-37 V 8 GOOD! LAYUP by DUNCAN, Josh [PNT] 17:11 ASSIST by WOLF, Johnny GOOD! JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT] 16:56 31-37 V 6 16:39 31-40 V 9 GOOD! 3 PTR by BURRELL, Stanley GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane 16:12 32-40 V 8 FOUL by CAGE, Justin GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane 16:12 33-40 V 7 SUB IN : RAYMOND, B.J. 16:12 SUB OUT: WOLF, Johnny 16:12 REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris 15:55 MISSED 3 PTR by DUNCAN, Josh 15:46 FOUL by DUNCAN, Josh TIMEOUT MEDIA 15:46 TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff 15:45 15:28 33-43 V 10 GOOD! 3 PTR by RAYMOND, B.J. 15:28 ASSIST by CAGE, Justin GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun 15:03 34-43 V 9 FOUL by DUNCAN, Josh MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun 15:03 REBOUND (DEF) by CAGE, Justin SUB IN : COLE, Brandon 15:03 SUB OUT: DUNCAN, Josh 15:03 FOUL by Lowe, Chris 14:45 14:28 34-46 V 12 GOOD! 3 PTR by CAGE, Justin MISSED JUMPER by Viggiano, Jeff 14:02 REBOUND (DEF) by COLE, Brandon 13:57 TURNOVR by BURRELL, Stanley STEAL by Viggiano, Jeff 13:56 MISSED LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff 13:51 BLOCK by DOELLMAN, Justin 13:50 REBOUND (DEF) by COLE, Brandon 13:45 34-48 V 14 GOOD! LAYUP by CAGE, Justin [FB/PNT] 13:45 ASSIST by BURRELL, Stanley TIMEOUT 30sec 13:43 13:43 SUB IN : Thomas, Brandon 13:43 SUB OUT: Viggiano, Jeff MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James 13:32 REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun 13:32 MISSED LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane 13:27 REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane 13:27 GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane 13:25 35-48 V 13 FOUL by RAYMOND, B.J. TURNOVR by Thomas, Brandon 13:25 REBOUND (DEF) by Thomas, Brandon 13:10 MISSED JUMPER by DOELLMAN, Justin TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun 12:58 STEAL by DOELLMAN, Justin REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane 12:41 MISSED JUMPER by RAYMOND, B.J. MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James 12:28 REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM) SUB IN : WOLF, Johnny 12:24 SUB IN : Milligan, Dante SUB OUT: DOELLMAN, Justin 12:24 SUB IN : Carrier, Lawrence 12:24 SUB OUT: Thomas, Brandon 12:24 SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun 12:04 35-50 V 15 GOOD! LAYUP by BURRELL, Stanley [PNT] GOOD! DUNK by Lasme, Stephane [FB/PNT] 11:55 37-50 V 13 ASSIST by Lowe, Chris 11:55 11:43 TURNOVR by COLE, Brandon TIMEOUT media 11:43 TURNOVR by Milligan, Dante 11:23 11:22 STEAL by COLE, Brandon STEAL by Life, James 11:05 TURNOVR by WOLF, Johnny SUB IN : DOELLMAN, Justin 11:05 SUB OUT: CAGE, Justin 11:05 MISSED 3 PTR by Lowe, Chris 10:38 REBOUND (DEF) by COLE, Brandon FOUL by Lasme, Stephane 10:26 37-51 V 14 GOOD! FT SHOT by DOELLMAN, Justin 10:26 37-52 V 15 GOOD! FT SHOT by DOELLMAN, Justin 10:26 SUB IN : Viggiano, Jeff 10:26 SUB OUT: Milligan, Dante GOOD! JUMPER by Carrier, Lawrence 10:14 39-52 V 13 ASSIST by Lowe, Chris 10:14 FOUL by Viggiano, Jeff 10:07 09:57 39-54 V 15 GOOD! LAYUP by COLE, Brandon [PNT] 09:57 ASSIST by DOELLMAN, Justin MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James 09:45 REBOUND (OFF) by Viggiano, Jeff 09:45 MISSED LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff 09:42 REBOUND (OFF) by Carrier, Lawrence 09:42 GOOD! TIP-IN by Carrier, Lawrence [PNT] 09:37 41-54 V 13 09:23 TIMEOUT 30sec SUB IN : CAGE, Justin 09:23 SUB OUT: RAYMOND, B.J. 09:23 REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM) 09:10 MISSED LAYUP by CAGE, Justin SUB IN : DUNCAN, Josh 09:08 SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun SUB OUT: COLE, Brandon 09:08 SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James 08:47 REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun 08:47 GOOD! TIP-IN by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT] 08:44 43-54 V 11 08:16 43-56 V 13 GOOD! LAYUP by DOELLMAN, Justin [PNT] 08:16 ASSIST by DUNCAN, Josh MISSED JUMPER by Carrier, Lawrence 08:02 REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun 08:02 MISSED 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff 07:56 REBOUND (OFF) by Carrier, Lawrence 07:56 07:50 FOUL by DUNCAN, Josh TIMEOUT MEDIA 07:50 SUB IN : COLE, Brandon 07:50 SUB IN : Lasme, Stephane SUB OUT: DUNCAN, Josh 07:50 SUB OUT: Carrier, Lawrence GOOD! 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff 07:47 46-56 V 10 ASSIST by Lowe, Chris 07:47 07:32 46-59 V 13 GOOD! 3 PTR by BURRELL, Stanley 07:32 ASSIST by DOELLMAN, Justin GOOD! 3 PTR by Life, James 07:17 49-59 V 10 ASSIST by Lowe, Chris 07:17 REBOUND (DEF) by Life, James 06:52 MISSED 3 PTR by WOLF, Johnny TIMEOUT 30sec 06:44 MISSED JUMPER by Life, James 06:41 REBOUND (DEF) by DOELLMAN, Justin REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun 06:31 MISSED JUMPER by BURRELL, Stanley MISSED LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane 06:16 REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane 06:16 TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane 06:11 06:10 STEAL by BURRELL, Stanley 05:36 MISSED 3 PTR by DOELLMAN, Justin 05:36 REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM) FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun 05:20 MISSED FT SHOT by DOELLMAN, Justin 05:20 REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL) REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun 05:20 MISSED FT SHOT by DOELLMAN, Justin GOOD! FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris 04:59 50-59 V 9 FOUL by DOELLMAN, Justin MISSED FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris 04:59 REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM) 04:59 TURNOVR by Life, James 04:54 BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane 04:25 MISSED LAYUP by BURRELL, Stanley 04:23 REBOUND (OFF) by DOELLMAN, Justin 04:21 50-61 V 11 GOOD! LAYUP by DOELLMAN, Justin [PNT] GOOD! 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff 04:02 53-61 V 8 ASSIST by Lowe, Chris 04:02 03:53 TIMEOUT media SUB IN : RAYMOND, B.J. 03:53 SUB OUT: COLE, Brandon 03:53 03:40 TURNOVR by RAYMOND, B.J. GOOD! 3 PTR by Life, James 03:28 56-61 V 5 ASSIST by Lowe, Chris 03:28 FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun 03:00 SUB IN : COLE, Brandon 03:00 SUB OUT: RAYMOND, B.J. 03:00 02:54 56-64 V 8 GOOD! 3 PTR by DOELLMAN, Justin 02:54 ASSIST by BURRELL, Stanley TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris 02:20 02:19 STEAL by DOELLMAN, Justin 02:16 56-66 V 10 GOOD! LAYUP by BURRELL, Stanley [FB/PNT] 02:16 ASSIST by DOELLMAN, Justin TIMEOUT 30sec 02:10 GOOD! FT SHOT by Life, James 02:01 57-66 V 9 FOUL by CAGE, Justin GOOD! FT SHOT by Life, James 02:01 58-66 V 8 SUB IN : RAYMOND, B.J. 02:01 SUB OUT: COLE, Brandon 02:01 FOUL by Life, James 01:53 MISSED FT SHOT by RAYMOND, B.J. 01:53 REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL) 01:53 58-67 V 9 GOOD! FT SHOT by RAYMOND, B.J. SUB IN : COLE, Brandon 01:53 SUB OUT: RAYMOND, B.J. 01:53 MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James 01:43 REBOUND (DEF) by WOLF, Johnny FOUL by Lowe, Chris 01:31 58-68 V 10 GOOD! FT SHOT by WOLF, Johnny 01:31 58-69 V 11 GOOD! FT SHOT by WOLF, Johnny GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT] 01:22 60-69 V 9 ASSIST by Viggiano, Jeff 01:22 TIMEOUT TEAM 01:21 SUB IN : RAYMOND, B.J. 01:21 SUB OUT: COLE, Brandon 01:21 01:16 TURNOVR by BURRELL, Stanley STEAL by Freeman, Rashaun 01:15 GOOD! DUNK by Lasme, Stephane [PNT] 01:14 62-69 V 7 ASSIST by Freeman, Rashaun 01:14 STEAL by Lowe, Chris 01:06 TURNOVR by BURRELL, Stanley GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane 01:06 63-69 V 6 FOUL by DOELLMAN, Justin MISSED FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane 01:06 REBOUND (DEF) by CAGE, Justin SUB IN : COLE, Brandon 01:06 SUB OUT: DOELLMAN, Justin 01:06 FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun 01:05 63-70 V 7 GOOD! FT SHOT by CAGE, Justin 01:05 63-71 V 8 GOOD! FT SHOT by CAGE, Justin MISSED 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff 00:56 REBOUND (DEF) by RAYMOND, B.J. 00:49 TIMEOUT TEAM FOUL by Lasme, Stephane 00:46 63-72 V 9 GOOD! FT SHOT by BURRELL, Stanley 00:46 63-73 V 10 GOOD! FT SHOT by BURRELL, Stanley MISSED 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff 00:40 REBOUND (DEF) by BURRELL, Stanley FOUL by Lasme, Stephane 00:38 MISSED FT SHOT by BURRELL, Stanley 00:38 REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL) 00:38 63-74 V 11 GOOD! FT SHOT by BURRELL, Stanley TURNOVR by Life, James 00:31 00:30 STEAL by BURRELL, Stanley 00:24 TURNOVR by BURRELL, Stanley STEAL by Lasme, Stephane 00:23 GOOD! 3 PTR by Life, James 00:21 66-74 V 8 STEAL by Lowe, Chris 00:18 FOUL by Lowe, Chris 00:18 MISSED FT SHOT by RAYMOND, B.J. 00:18 REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL) 00:18 66-75 V 9 GOOD! FT SHOT by RAYMOND, B.J. 00:18 SUB IN : Thomas, Brandon 00:18 SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris SUB IN : CHRISTIANSEN, Keenan 00:16 SUB IN : Carrier, Lawrence SUB OUT: BURRELL, Stanley 00:16 SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James 00:12 REBOUND (DEF) by CAGE, Justin FOUL by Lasme, Stephane 00:12 00:11 MISSED FT SHOT by CAGE, Justin 00:11 MISSED FT SHOT by CAGE, Justin 00:11 REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL) REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence 00:11 MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James 00:10 REBOUND (DEF) by COLE, Brandon Xavier 75, Massachusetts 66 2nd period-only InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties Leads Xavier 16 7 2 4 7 0 0 Massachusetts 16 11 8 4 17 0 0 POINTS OFF TURNOVERS 1 2 - Tot Xavier.................. 8 7 - 15 Massachusetts........... 6 11 - 17 POINTS IN PAINT 1 2 - Tot Xavier.................. 12 16 - 28 Massachusetts........... 12 16 - 28 2ND CHANCE POINTS 1 2 - Tot Xavier.................. 7 2 - 9 Massachusetts........... 2 8 - 10 FAST BREAK POINTS 1 2 - Tot Xavier.................. 5 4 - 9 Massachusetts........... 0 4 - 4 BENCH POINTS 1 2 - Tot Xavier.................. 2 7 - 9 Massachusetts........... 7 17 - 24 SCORE TIED BY 1 2 - Tot Xavier.................. 0 0 - 0 Massachusetts........... 2 0 - 2 LEAD GAINED BY 1 2 - Tot Xavier.................. 2 0 - 2 Massachusetts........... 2 0 - 2