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INCINNATI - In a battle between the Atlantic 10's preseason No. 1 and No. 2, Xavier held court and handed visiting UMass its first league loss on Thursday night, 83-77, at a soldout Cintas Center. Senior Rashaun Freeman became UMass' sixth all-time leading scorer notching a game-high 22 points, but the Musketeers had six players score in double figures led by 16 from Justin Doellman.
Preseason A-10 No.1 pick Xavier improves to 13-5 overall and 3-1 in the league, while UMass falls to 13-4 overall and 3-1 in the conference. The two teams are now tied for the top spot in the A-10. The loss was just the third non-home loss for UMass who is 8-3 this season away from the Mullins Center.
Pressure free throw shooting gave Xavier the late edge as the Musketeers hit six straight from the charity stripe in the final 23 seconds. With 30 seconds remaining, UMass junior forward Etienne Brower hit a three-pointer from the left wing to pull the Minutemen within two, 77-75, following sophomore Chris Lowe's steal off the Xavier inbound.
For the game, free throw shooting gave Xavier an 11-point edge as the Musketeers hit 15-of-22 from the line compared to just 2-for-4 for the Minutemen.
The Minutemen had a season-high 25 offensive rebounds and controlled the boards by a 47-to-31 margin.
The game featured seven ties and 12 lead changes.
Freeman's game-high 22 points give him 1,575 for his career which is the sixth most in school history. Already this season he has surpassed Julius `Dr. J.' Erving and Marcus Camby on the all-time scoring list. He also pulled in 13 rebounds giving him the 39th double-double of his career.
Senior forward Stephane Lasme (Libreville, Gabon) added 18 points and nine rebounds, while junior guard Gary Forbes (Brookly, N.Y.) chipped in 19 points off the bench.
Senior James Life (Fort Myers, Fla.) scored 10 points, while Lowe had seven assists and six rebounds.
Xavier was led by Doellman's 16 points and Stanley Burrell who scored 15 points. Drew Lavender scored 14 points and had five steals.
UMass trailed by as many 12 in the first half but cut the lead down to one, 37-36, when Lasme hit a turn-around jumper in the lane with 40 seconds before halftime.
Prior to that, Xavier put together a 12-to-4 run capped by three consecutive field goals - two by Josh Duncan and one by Doellman to take a 37-25 lead with 3:53 to play.
UMass held the Musketeers scoreless for the remainder of the half and behind six points from Lasme and a three-pointer from Brower, the Minutemen closed the half with an 11-to-0 run.
The Minutemen hit 50 percent of their shots in the first half shooting 17-of-34 attempts in the first half. Lasme led the team with 12 points, while Freeman scored 10 points. Lasme was 6-for-8 from the field. UMass also outrebounded Xavier by a 22-to-16 edge.
UMass hit four of its first five shots to start the second half, but four consecutive three pointers from Burrell (two), Doellman, and Lavender gave Xavier a 55-47 lead with 14:18 to play in the half forcing a UMass timeout.
Coming out of the timeout, the Minutemen responded with a three-pointer from Life, an offensive put-back for Lasme, a steal and fastbreak lay-up for Life, and a spinning jump hook from Freeman giving UMass a 56-55 lead with 12:19 to go.
The two teams traded points for the next four minutes with Xavier managing a one-point lead, 61-60, with 7:36 to play.
Xavier began to pull away, however, taking a 68-62 lead when Doellman spun into the lane to hit a jump hook over Lasme with 5:24 to go.
Lavender gave the Musketeers a 72-62 lead after picking up his fifth steal of the game and hitting a reverse lay-up with 3:28 remaining.
UMass tried to shoot their way back into the game late, but missed three consecutive three-pointers before Lasme tipped in a basket to cut the lead to 76-70 with 44 seconds to go.
After Brower's three-pointer, Xavier hit six straight free throws down the stretch, while UMass managed just one more Lasme bucket for the final 83-77 score.
Up next for the Minutemen will be A-10 rival Duquesne this Sunday at 2 p.m., in the Mullins Center. For ticket information call 1-866-UMass-Tix.
Mass suffered its first conference loss of the season and stands at 3-1, 13-5 overall.
* UMass was just 2-of-4 from the foul line, it was the lowest shooting marks from the foul line since Dec. 12, 2005 when they were 3-of-6 last season.
* Senior Rashaun Freeman moved to sixth in career scoring with 22. He passed Donald Russell (1558 in 1981-85) and now has 1575.
* Freeman scored in double-figures for the 17th times in 18 games this season. He has 81 career games with 10 or more in 103 games. He had 10 in the first half and 12 in the second half.
* Freeman is fifth in career rebounding with 13 in the game. He is closing in on Jim Town (879 in 1974-77) and Freeman now has 877.
* Stephane Lasme had a season-low two blocked shots in the game. He now has 93 this season.
* Lasme scored in double-figures for the fifth game in a row with 18. It was his 32nd career game with 10 or more. He had 12 in the first half alone.
* Gary Forbes had his fifth game in a row with double-figures and 14th in 18 games this season with 19 points. It was the second-most he scored in a game this season.
* James Life netted 10 points, his seventh game in a row in double-figures.
Ford on free throw shooting
Before tonight, I would have said it would be impossible for us to go to the line only four times especially with how much we force-feed the post. I would have never thought Rashaun Freeman and Stephane Lasme would not go to the free throw line once in an entire game.
Ford on second half adjustments
In the second half, we talked about slowing down their transition game. I think they scored 20 or 22 points in the first half on transition or second chance points. In the second half, I think we did better, but Lavender made some crucial steals for them.
INCINNATI - The University of Massachusetts men's basketball team came up just short of a statement-making win on national television Thursday night.
Josh Duncan gets sandwiched between Chris Lowe and Stephane Lasme.
Xavier led 77-70 when Stanley Burrell made one of two free throws with 47.3 seconds left, before Gary Forbes scored driving to the basket.
After the Musketeers almost failed to inbound the ball in five seconds, they threw it away with 39.9 seconds left. UMass moved the ball around the perimeter until Etienne Brower knocked down a 3-pointer with 30.5 seconds left to cut the deficit to 77-75.
But Xavier made all six free throws down the stretch to hold on.
"They made a couple spurts that were the difference in the game," UMass coach Travis Ford said. "They played very well."
Musketeer coach Sean Miller said, "I thought tonight was our best team win all year. A lot was at stake, first place in the league against a terrific opponent, an opponent that is a tournament type of team. I'm really proud of our guys."
The Minutemen (13-5, 3-1 A-10) host Duquesne at 2 p.m. Sunday. Xavier (13-5, 3-1 A-10) is at Saint Joseph's at noon Sunday.
Xavier had six players in double figures led by Justin Doellman, who had 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Burrell added 15 points while Drew Lavender had 14 points and five steals.
UMass scored 56 points inside and 28 on second chances. Rashaun Freeman had 22 points and 13 rebounds (11 offensive), while Stephane Lasme added 18 points and nine rebounds (seven offensive).
Gary Forbes (19 points and eight rebounds) and James Life (10 points) also scored in double figures for the Minutemen.
UMass attempted just four free throws, making two, while Xavier made 15-of-22. Neither Freeman nor Lasme went to the foul line.
"I would have thought that would be impossible the way we force feed it in there, but no free throws there," Ford said. "I'm amazed. It's good defense I guess."
Miller, though, said it resulted from his team's lack of defense.
"Our way of not fouling them was getting out of the way and letting them score," Miller said.
Xavier looked ready to put the Minutemen away before halftime. The Musketeers made an 11-2 run to take a 37-25 lead with just under four minutes left. But Chris Lowe's return to the UMass lineup seemed to spark the Minutemen who scored the final 11 points of the half to cut the deficit to 37-36 at the break.
"I knew Xavier was going to come out and play really well coming off a loss and playing at home. I told our team at halftime that I was glad we were only down one," Ford said. "I thought we could have been down more than that."
The Minutemen got a scare when Lasme turned his ankle and came up limping with 33 seconds left before halftime. His ankle was retaped during the break and he returned to start the second half.
Freeman scored inside to put the Minutemen ahead early in the second, but the Musketeers came out hot from the outside and turned three early 3-pointers into a 55-47 edge. The swings continued as UMass answered again with nine straight points, including five by Life to pull ahead 56-55.
The teams stayed close until Xavier made a little burst to set up the final sequence.
INCINNATI - After weathering a late-December slump, University of Massachusetts junior Gary Forbes has developed into the player the Minutemen hoped for when he arrived.
Gary Forbes tries to pick Derrick Brown's pocket.
Forbes has shown an ability to create his one shot and a willingness to take big ones. He's scored in double figures in 14 of the Minutemen's 18 games.
SECOND PLACE - The loss drops the Minutemen to 3-1 in the Atlantic 10, which puts them in a tie for second place with George Washington and Xavier, percentage points behind Rhode Island (4-1).
MILESTONE - Senior big man Rashaun Freeman moved into sixth place on the UMass career scoring list, passing Donald Russell (1,558). Freeman now has 1,575 points. Next up is No. 5 Tony Barbee (1,643).
Freeman's 13 rebounds gave him 867 in his career. He's now 12 behind No. 5 Jim Town (879) on that career list.
Stephane Lasme's torrid block pace slowed down. He tied his season low with two and is still 13 behind Marcus Camby who is the all-time UMass leader.
THOMAS STARTS, BROWER PLAYS Junior forward Etienne Brower was healthy enough to return to action after missing Saturday's 88-77 win over Temple with an ankle injury. Ford elected to keep Brower and Forbes on the bench to open the game and give Brandon Thomas his second straight start.
Brower had six points on two second-half 3-pointers. Thomas did not score.
NEXT UP The Minutemen return home to face Duquesne at 2 p.m. Sunday. The Dukes have been off since losing at home to Fordham 71-59 Sunday.
They will arrive in Amherst at 5-10 overall and 1/3 in Atlantic 10 play. Duquesne has struggled for most of the season, but upset Boston College and Saint Louis.
MISCELLANEOUS Horizon League Commissioner Jonathan B. LeCrone, who is a member of the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, was in attendance.
The game was the first one back from winter break for the Xavier students, who filled their section and were animated throughout the game.
A large number of Ford's family and friends made the short trip up from Kentucky for the game.
INCINNATI - In theory the University of Massachusetts' 83-77 loss to Xavier Thursday shouldn't be overly damaging.
It was a close defeat at the hands of a good team in an arena where it is historically difficult to play. The Minutemen weren't overmatched, just slightly outplayed on the road. Good teams lose games like that all the time.
But in reality, this one hurt UMass a lot. It was a big hit for its hopes of contending for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
It's not a fatal hit - at least it doesn't have to be. But despite being 13-5, the Minutemen still have a long way to go to prove themselves and this was a missed opportunity to do that.
"We felt like we were supposed to win this game," UMass junior forward Gary Forbes said. "We just have to go out there and try to win every game possible."
In their final 12 games of the regular season, the Minutemen don't have many opportunities for a statement-making win. Sure it's hard to win at Charlotte and Saint Joseph's, but on paper those wins don't mean much as both teams are ranked above 100 in the Ratings Percentage Index.
Xavier was one of UMass' last opportunities for a big win in conference because the Musketeers were one of only two teams left on the schedule with a better RPI than the Minutemen. Dayton is the other.
Even if it had beaten Xavier, UMass would have had plenty of work to do. Now the only thing the Minutemen can do to really get the committee's attention is finish with a particularly large win total.
How many would it take? 22? 23? Hard to say. Buffalo won 22 last year in the Mid-American Conference and was left out. Wichita State won 21 in the Missouri Valley and went to the NIT. Few totals will feel safe.
It seemed like UMass had the right idea scheduling a handful of heavyweights (Boston College, Pittsburgh, Kentucky, Louisville) to give itself an opportunity to earn some attention.
But UMass hurt itself with too many games against really bad teams in the nonconference schedule. The likes of Yale, Dartmouth, Savannah State and Jacksonville State hurt. As much as coach Travis Ford tried to hype them as opponents, on paper those schools look a lot more like muffins than steak.
Some of it was bad luck. Central Connecticut, Jacksonville State and even Louisville, UMass' best conquest, have all played worse than expected and are dragging down the Minutemen's RPI which was 65 before the Xavier game.
The conference isn't helping either. This isn't the Atlantic 10 of the 1990s where a strong league mark was often enough to sway the NCAA Tournament committee. The league has fallen far in recent years. The conference looks like at best a two-bid league right now and quite possibly only one bid.
Just playing St. Bonaventure, Duquesne and La Salle again is going to hurt UMass' computer rankings.
Other than winning the conference tournament in Atlantic City in March, the Minutemen's best hope now is to win the regular-season title, which the selection committee looks favorably on, or make a deep run in the conference tournament and finish with something like 24 wins and hope things break their way.
If they don't, they're going to remember this loss for a long time.
Matt Vautour can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more UMass coverage including a frequently updated UMass sports blog, go to www.dailyhampshiregazette.com/umsports.
ll Xavier University needs to cruise to an Atlantic 10 title is an average Stanley Burrell.
An exceptional Burrell, like the one who had 26 points against Villanova and 23 against Kansas State, means big wins over big teams.
A poor Burrell, like the one held scoreless against the University of Cincinnati or who managed just three points this past weekend at Saint Louis, means losses to in- ferior squads.
Thursday night, the Musketeers got the average Burrell, 15 points against Massachusetts, and it meant a place among the top of the Atlantic 10 with the Minutemen, plus a leg up with an 83-77 victory in the only head-to-head meeting of the league favorites this season.
"Tonight we probably had our best performance of the year on offense," said XU coach Sean Miller. "We were really efficient on offense tonight and that's why we won."
Justin Doellman gets the shot off in front of Brandon Thomas.
The Minutemen (13-5, 3-1), on the other hand, had three players - Rashaun Freeman (22), Stephane Lasme (20) and Gary Forbes (17) - account for 81.9 percent (59 of 72) of their points.
"We're just looking for 12 (points) from a couple of different guys, five or six rebounds from a couple of guys, if we bring that every night like we should and I know we can, we'll be all right," said XU's Brandon Cole, who had only three points, but added 10 rebounds. "It's a balanced attack; it was one of the things we looked at coming into the season. We've got a lot of balance."
All five XU starters - Doellman, Burrell, Josh Duncan (13), Justin Cage (12) and Drew Lavender (14) - were in double figures, plus Derrick Brown came off the bench for 10 points, including two 3-pointers.
"Every player who played in the game had a significant role in winning. Johnny Wolf spelled Drew Lavender," Miller said. "He had four assists, one turnover - that's hard to do coming off the bench when you play eight minutes. Drew Lavender had five steals tonight. Josh Duncan had a virus and I didn't think he'd be able to play. He stayed with it all day and gave us 25 minutes the best he could, and you can keep going down the line."
Thursday night, that included Burrell, who has had some awful games in Musketeer losses this season, including the scoreless performance in a 10-point loss to UC and a four-point showing in a seven-point loss to Alabama. The difference between his average and his output in those games put the Musketeers over the top.
"We have to avoid the pitfalls we've fallen into at times where as we have a balanced approach, we have a lot of balance going the wrong way on a given night," Miller said.
Burrell has led the Musketeers in scoring in each of his three seasons at XU, including this, his junior year. But the mercurial junior has been anything but steady. In the Musketeers' 18 games this season, six times he's scored within five points of his 12.5 points per game average, six times he's scored more than five points more than his average and six times he's scored more than five points less than his average. Three of the Musketeers' five losses came when Burrell had fewer than seven points.
Against the Minutemen, it appeared to be another disappearing act, as UMass closed the first half on an 11-0 run to go into the locker room down by a single point, 37-36. XU had built a lead and then surrendered it with but two points from its leading scorer.
"He only had two at halftime, we were excited about that, but he got hot there," said UMass coach Travis Ford. "You watch as much tape as I watch, he's a big key to their team. He may have only scored (15) tonight, but those two 3s he hit back-to-back got the other players going and it seems to happen like that all the time."
Burrell scored his final five points of the game from the free-throw line in the last minute. Burrell finished 4-for-12 from the field, but made 2 of 3 3s, including two in a row early in the second half. He had another jumper as part of a six-point XU run that put the Musketeers up for good with about six minutes left.
"What he's got to learn to do, is when that ball's not going down from 3, to do what he did tonight, get some 2s, get to the foul line, be patient, not let it become a mental thing," Miller said. "He's not a 3-point shooter exclusively. I don't think it's natural for him to think that way. I give him credit because tonight he put a bad-shooting first half behind him and was terrific in the second half. Hopefully it's an emergence. ... That's the final piece for him."
And, perhaps, the Musketeers.
hen it was over, there were scratches on Brandon Cole's neck and bloodstains on his uniform shirt. He wore them proudly. Triumphantly.
He needed them, in a fashion. His Xavier Musketeers needed them; needed him, in fact, to take them for the team. And to take some rebounds from UMass, which was leading the Atlantic 10 because it's bigger and stronger than the others.
Not taller, necessarily. Massachusetts' rugged post players, seniors Rashaun Freeman and Stephane Lasme, measure 6-foot-9 and 6-foot-8, respectively. But they play the paint like they were born with brushes in their hands.
On the printed roster sheets, Xavier can match the Minutemen in feet and inches. Justin Doellman and Josh Duncan both stand 6-9, but both received their scholarships for their ball skills, not their boxing out. Then there's Cole, 6-8 and thankful for it.
"Brandon Cole is the only player on our team who looks different, plays different, and that's a good thing," said XU coach Sean Miller. "Generally, our post players can pass, shoot and dribble.
"With Cole, he's five feet and in. Believe me, he can't make a shot past 10 feet. But defensively, he's bigger and stronger than our other guys, and he's by far our best rebounder. I think he likes to rebound. When he does what he did tonight, he makes us so much a better team."
What Cole did Thursday night, in the Musketeers' much-needed 83-77 victory, was put in 15 minutes and 10 rebounds. The rebound total was three fewer than that of Freeman (who also scored 22 points), and just one more than that of Lasme (who scored 18); but without Cole's single-double, Xavier would have suffered its second consecutive loss in the conference season that just started.
As it was, Travis Ford's team outrebounded the Muskies by 16. The visitors had 25 just on their own misses.
Gary Forbes all but tackles Derrick Brown for the loose ball.
But there's more to toughness than defending the low country and taking a gouge on the Adam's apple. "It's stopping guys off the dribble, guys rebounding, taking charges," said Cole, sounding very much like a coach, as fifth-year seniors should.
"It's little stuff. Toughness is even taking wide-open shots sometimes. Tonight, I think guys were definitely tough across the board."
In the first half, however, not so much. With less than four minutes left in it, the Musketeers led by a dozen points. Massachusetts scored the last 11 of the period, finishing with 36, of which no fewer than 30 came within the blue-stained lane.
"We gave up too many second shots," allowed Cole. "It's more of a toughness issue than anything." And because of that, "We had to gut it out down the stretch."
Drew Lavender, the tiny point guard, did so with five steals, two of them within seconds, changing the game. His running mate, Stanley Burrell, did it by manning-up on two of those long, open shots that Cole was talking about. Justin Cage did it with a tip-in off a missed layup that gave Xavier an 8-point lead with 1:20 to play, and then toughed out the rebound on the other end. Doellman did it with a follow-up of his own and a strong move in the paint and a block of Freeman, all in the final minutes. Duncan did it by playing 25 hard minutes with a virus infection.
And Xavier, collectively, did it by turning back the only team in the A-10 that hadn't lost a league game. Did it, perhaps, because of that.
"This was a crucial game for us," said Cole. "It's the only time we had them head-to-head, and we had to take advantage of it."
Miller called it Xavier's best win of a 13-5 start, and he would, emphasizing conference games as he does, and most coaches do. His team was picked to take the A-10 this year, and for a while there, after bunched losses to Creighton, Cincinnati and Bucknell, it looked as though XU would disappoint. It looked that way, again, at St. Louis over the weekend. The Massachusetts game, as a result, was not only critical in the conference sense, but a resilience check for the Musketeers.
They passed that. Under strenuous circumstances, they showed just enough toughness to make the plays they had to.
Fortunately, for them, there was more to it than rebounding.
Fortunately, there was one guy with bloodstains on his shirt.
"e tough. ... Be strong."
As Xavier coach Sean Miller shouted those mid-game instructions to his players Thursday, he flexed both his arms into a fighting position meant to convey the type of mentality XU players would need to defeat Massachusetts.
It was in the middle of the second half in a back-and-forth game in front of 9,901 at Cintas Center. Miller was imploring his team to maintain the hardened identity it had played with to that point - and would need the rest of the game and season.
Xavier players responded, making the most important steals, rebounds, baskets and defensive stops in an 83-77 victory that restored the Musketeers' (13-5, 3-1 A-10) place atop the Atlantic 10 Conference, right next to UMass (13-5, 3-1).
"To gut this game out down the stretch we really had to have some big rebounds from some key guys," senior Brandon Cole said after grabbing 10 rebounds. "Fortunately, we got it done. That's the mentality we have to have every game if we want to go all the way and win this conference."
Cole spoke after the game with three cuts across his chest and blotches of blood staining the front of his jersey, the price paid for battling Massachusetts' Rashaun Freeman near the basket. Not every Xavier player came out as wounded as Cole, but for a team that had been labeled "soft" less than a month ago, Thursday's victory was indicative of strong mental turnaround throughout the roster.
From the first-half spark resulting from the playmaking of Johnny Wolf and Derrick Brown to the second-half leadership displayed by starters Justin Cage, Justin Doellman and ball-swiping Drew Lavender, Xavier persevered in one of its most demanding games of the season.
Massachusetts forwards Freeman and Stephane Lasme controlled the area near the basket for most of the game, combining for 40 points and 22 rebounds, 18 of them offensive rebounds.
Xavier countered by putting six players into double figures in scoring for the first time since Dec. 20, 1999.
"I thought it was a moment of truth for us," Miller said. "UMass isn't going to lose a lot. It was good to see us execute the way we did with so many players playing at a high level. If we didn't have that, we wouldn't have won tonight."
Xavier took the momentum halfway through the first half when Wolf and Brown teamed up for an alley-oop slam dunk, with Wolf lofting a pass over three UMass defenders, perfectly placed for Brown to throw down a two-handed dunk. It gave Xavier a 23-17 lead and thrilled the Cintas Center fans.
An 11-0 UMass run keyed by Lasme's offensive rebounding closed XU's halftime margin to 37-36.
Lavender, Xavier's starting point guard, made a significant second-half impact, with three of his five steals leading to fast-break points.
"I was just in the passing lanes a little more," Lavender said. "Coach told me to think steals, and I thought steals."
His steal and layup with 9:04 to go gave Xavier a 60-58 lead. When he stole the ensuing inbounds pass, the XU fans roared with approval, and Xavier allowed UMass to come back and tie the score only once the rest of the game.
In fact, it was Cole's putback off an offensive rebound a few minutes later - his only basket of the game - that gave Xavier the lead for good.
"We've been through those phases when people call us soft," Cole said. "Honestly, I don't think we are. Sometimes we don't play smart or we don't bring it every time, and that causes some losses. But toughness is going to be a major issue. ... Tonight, guys were tough across the board."
f the Xavier Musketeers don't want to be hyperventilating on Selection Sunday, they need to win big in their conference and look good doing it. The Atlantic 10 will be in the group photo in March. But it will be on the end of the back row, elbowing its neighbors.
That's one reason Xavier's 83-77 win over Massachusetts on Thursday night was large. The Minutemen are in that same March photo, right there on the edge. As Xavier's Brandon Cole put it, "You look at UMass and you look at us. We (both) were considered the top dogs."
The win also managed to dispute all the unflattering perceptions about Xavier basketball in this so-far weird winter: They're not always tough, they're not always confident, they lack a knockout punch. There were times Thursday for the Musketeers to crack, early and late, and they didn't. When they needed to close, they did it with a flourish.
They got a first-half boost from Derrick Brown. The freshman plays with the sort of verve his mates have been accused of lacking. For a five-minute stretch, Brown was everywhere. In a 34-second spurt, Brown made a 3-pointer from the right wing, filled the lane on a fast break to take a pass from Drew Lavender, scored, then busted it down the floor to take a charge.
In another 12-2 run, Brown drained a 3, Lavender scored on a steal and a layup, Justin Cage dented the hard center of the UMass defense for a layup and Johnny Wolf alley-d a perfect oop to Brown streaking in from the left baseline, for a dunk.
Then in the second half, when UMass rallied from eight down, Josh Duncan drained two must-have free throws with 23.5 seconds left to give XU a 79-75 edge. This was a big kiss-off to those judging the Muskies soft: Duncan played with a virus. At one point in the first half, Duncan left the game and sat on the bench, head between knees.
We're mentioning a lot of names, because Xavier is that kind of team. The Muskies go at least eight-deep. "Different players on different nights" was how coach Sean Miller put it. "Our best team win of the year. Every player who played had a significant part."
Xavier starts three juniors and two seniors. They should be nagging the edges of the Top 25. Maybe they will. After a win like Thursday's, the temptation is to wonder, "Where has that been?" and then, "Will it last?"
The Minutemen did pretzel Xavier inside. Their two big men, Stephane Lasme and Rashaun Freeman, combined to score 42 points on 21-of-33 shooting. UMass also had a ridiculous 25 offensive rebounds. That speaks as much to their talent as to Xavier's lack of biceps near the basket.
We aren't talking about Brandon Cole. The senior came off the bench flexing. Cole had 10 rebounds in 15 minutes. On a finesse team, he's the lead blocker. "The one player on our team who looks different and plays different," Miller called Cole.
Meaning: On a front line of passers and perimeter shooters, Cole "can't make a shot past 10 feet unless it's a free throw," said Miller. "But he's by far our best rebounder. He played 10 minutes a game on our Elite Eight team." Cole is doing the same dirty work for this club which he did for that one.
Miller called the game "a moment of truth" for the Musketeers, saying "UMass is a tournament-type team." Maybe so, but it's mid-January. The Musketeers could go to St. Joseph's Sunday and undo lots of the good they did Thursday night.
For now, though, the perceptions of softness have taken a vacation. Everyone came to play Thursday. The results spoke for themselves.
Official Basketball Box Score Massachusetts vs Xavier 01/18/07 7:00 PM at Cincinnati, Ohio (Cintas Center) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- VISITORS: Massachusetts 13-5, 3-1 A-10 TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS ## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 02 Thomas, Brandon..... f 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 13 Lasme, Stephane..... f 9-13 0-0 0-0 7 2 9 4 18 2 2 2 0 38 01 Freeman, Rashaun.... c 11-19 0-0 0-0 11 2 13 2 22 0 3 0 1 33 14 Lowe, Chris......... g 0-4 0-1 0-0 0 6 6 1 0 7 1 0 0 25 34 Life, James......... g 4-11 2-7 0-2 1 3 4 3 10 2 3 1 2 28 03 Forbes, Gary........ 8-16 1-5 2-2 2 6 8 4 19 4 4 0 0 33 05 Harris, Ricky....... 0-4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 10 10 Mayben, Tiki........ 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 15 20 Milligan, Dante..... 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 22 Brower, Etienne..... 2-4 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 6 0 1 0 0 13 TEAM................ 2 2 Totals.............. 35-75 5-18 2-4 25 22 47 18 77 16 16 3 4 200 TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 17-34 50.0% 2nd Half: 18-41 43.9% Game: 46.7% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 2-7 28.6% 2nd Half: 3-11 27.3% Game: 27.8% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 0-2 0.0% 2nd Half: 2-2 100 % Game: 50.0% 1 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOME TEAM: Xavier 13-5, 3-1 A-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 4-8 1-5 4-4 1 1 2 2 13 1 2 0 0 25 03 CAGE, Justin........ f 5-9 0-1 2-4 1 2 3 1 12 1 0 1 0 31 15 DOELLMAN, Justin.... f 6-9 1-3 3-4 5 2 7 3 16 4 0 1 0 26 24 LAVENDER, Drew...... g 6-10 2-4 0-1 0 0 0 0 14 2 3 0 5 32 34 BURRELL, Stanley.... g 4-12 2-3 5-7 1 1 2 0 15 1 2 0 1 32 05 BROWN, Derrick...... 4-9 2-2 0-0 2 0 2 0 10 0 0 1 2 19 11 RAYMOND, B.J........ 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 2 0 1 0 1 2 12 14 WOLF, Johnny........ 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 4 1 0 0 8 33 COLE, Brandon....... 1-3 0-0 1-2 4 6 10 2 3 1 1 1 0 15 TEAM................ Totals.............. 30-62 8-18 15-22 15 16 31 10 83 15 9 5 10 200 TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 16-34 47.1% 2nd Half: 14-28 50.0% Game: 48.4% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 4-9 44.4% 2nd Half: 4-9 44.4% Game: 44.4% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 1-3 33.3% 2nd Half: 14-19 73.7% Game: 68.2% 2 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Officials: Mike Kitts, Ed Corbett, Karl Hess Technical fouls: Massachusetts-None. Xavier-None. Attendance: 9901 Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total Massachusetts................. 36 41 - 77 Xavier........................ 37 46 - 83 ID-478324 Points in the paint-UMASS 56,XU 34. Points off turnovers-UMASS 19,XU 23. 2nd chance points-UMASS 28,XU 16. Fast break points-UMASS 6,XU 12. Bench points-UMASS 27,XU 13. Score tied-8 times. Lead changed-9 times. Last FG-UMASS 2nd-00:05, XU 2nd-01:20. Largest lead-UMASS by 4 1st-13:24, XU by 12 1st-03:54.
Play-by-Play Massachusetts vs Xavier 01/18/07 7:00 PM at Cincinnati, Ohio (Cintas Center) 1st PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1) HOME TEAM: Xavier TIME SCORE MAR VISITORS: Massachusetts ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun 20:00 SUB OUT: DUNCAN, Josh SUB OUT: Thomas, Brandon 20:00 SUB OUT: CAGE, Justin 19:46 0-2 V 2 GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT] 19:46 ASSIST by Lowe, Chris GOOD! JUMPER by DOELLMAN, Justin 19:24 2-2 T 1 REBOUND (DEF) by DUNCAN, Josh 19:05 MISSED JUMPER by Lasme, Stephane TURNOVR by LAVENDER, Drew 18:58 18:42 2-5 V 3 GOOD! 3 PTR by Life, James 18:42 ASSIST by Lowe, Chris MISSED 3 PTR by DOELLMAN, Justin 18:22 REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris 18:15 TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris MISSED JUMPER by BURRELL, Stanley 17:59 BLOCK by Life, James REBOUND (OFF) by DOELLMAN, Justin 17:58 GOOD! JUMPER by BURRELL, Stanley 17:53 4-5 V 1 ASSIST by DOELLMAN, Justin 17:53 17:42 FOUL by Life, James 17:42 TURNOVR by Life, James SUB IN : Forbes, Gary 17:42 MISSED 3 PTR by CAGE, Justin 17:24 REBOUND (OFF) by DOELLMAN, Justin 17:24 GOOD! LAYUP by CAGE, Justin [PNT] 17:20 6-5 H 1 ASSIST by DOELLMAN, Justin 17:20 FOUL by DOELLMAN, Justin 17:05 16:52 6-7 V 1 GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT] 16:52 ASSIST by Lasme, Stephane GOOD! 3 PTR by LAVENDER, Drew 16:41 9-7 H 2 16:24 MISSED JUMPER by Life, James 16:24 REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun 16:21 9-9 T 2 GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT] MISSED 3 PTR by BURRELL, Stanley 15:55 REBOUND (OFF) by DOELLMAN, Justin 15:55 GOOD! LAYUP by DOELLMAN, Justin [PNT] 15:51 11-9 H 2 15:38 TIMEOUT media 15:38 SUB IN : RAYMOND, B.J. 15:38 SUB IN : BROWN, Derrick 15:38 SUB OUT: DOELLMAN, Justin STEAL by LAVENDER, Drew 15:32 TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun TURNOVR by LAVENDER, Drew 15:28 15:06 MISSED JUMPER by Lowe, Chris 15:06 REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane 15:04 11-11 T 3 GOOD! DUNK by Lasme, Stephane [PNT] MISSED 3 PTR by DUNCAN, Josh 14:48 REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris FOUL by RAYMOND, B.J. 14:37 14:37 SUB IN : COLE, Brandon REBOUND (DEF) by BURRELL, Stanley 14:32 MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun TURNOVR by BURRELL, Stanley 14:25 14:24 STEAL by Life, James 14:20 11-13 V 2 GOOD! DUNK by Forbes, Gary [FB/PNT] 14:20 ASSIST by Lowe, Chris MISSED JUMPER by BURRELL, Stanley 13:55 REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary REBOUND (DEF) by COLE, Brandon 13:43 MISSED 3 PTR by Forbes, Gary MISSED LAYUP by BROWN, Derrick 13:34 REBOUND (OFF) by BROWN, Derrick 13:34 MISSED LAYUP by BROWN, Derrick 13:32 BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane 13:30 REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris 13:24 11-15 V 4 GOOD! LAYUP by Forbes, Gary [FB/PNT] 13:24 ASSIST by Lowe, Chris GOOD! 3 PTR by BROWN, Derrick 13:07 14-15 V 1 ASSIST by RAYMOND, B.J. 13:07 12:34 TURNOVR by Life, James STEAL by LAVENDER, Drew 12:33 GOOD! LAYUP by LAVENDER, Drew [FB/PNT] 12:30 16-15 H 1 FOUL by RAYMOND, B.J. 12:12 SUB IN : Harris, Ricky 12:12 SUB IN : WOLF, Johnny SUB IN : Brower, Etienne 12:12 SUB IN : CAGE, Justin SUB IN : Mayben, Tiki 12:12 SUB IN : DUNCAN, Josh SUB OUT: Life, James 12:12 SUB IN : DOELLMAN, Justin SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris 12:12 SUB OUT: COLE, Brandon 12:12 SUB OUT: RAYMOND, B.J. 12:12 SUB OUT: BURRELL, Stanley 12:12 SUB OUT: LAVENDER, Drew 11:53 FOUL by Lasme, Stephane 11:53 TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane TIMEOUT media 11:53 GOOD! 3 PTR by DUNCAN, Josh 11:27 19-15 H 4 ASSIST by WOLF, Johnny 11:27 11:03 19-17 H 2 GOOD! JUMPER by Forbes, Gary [PNT] 11:03 ASSIST by Lasme, Stephane GOOD! LAYUP by CAGE, Justin [PNT] 10:31 21-17 H 4 ASSIST by DUNCAN, Josh 10:31 10:05 TURNOVR by Forbes, Gary STEAL by BROWN, Derrick 10:04 GOOD! DUNK by BROWN, Derrick [FB/PNT] 09:59 23-17 H 6 ASSIST by WOLF, Johnny 09:59 09:58 TIMEOUT 30sec SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun 09:58 SUB IN : BURRELL, Stanley SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane 09:58 SUB IN : LAVENDER, Drew 09:58 SUB OUT: WOLF, Johnny 09:58 SUB OUT: BROWN, Derrick 09:41 MISSED JUMPER by Harris, Ricky 09:41 REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun 09:36 MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun 09:36 REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun 09:34 23-19 H 4 GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT] TURNOVR by DUNCAN, Josh 09:11 STEAL by Harris, Ricky 09:07 MISSED JUMPER by Harris, Ricky 09:07 REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun 09:05 23-21 H 2 GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT] 08:44 FOUL by Harris, Ricky 08:44 SUB IN : COLE, Brandon 08:44 SUB OUT: DUNCAN, Josh GOOD! LAYUP by CAGE, Justin [PNT] 08:37 25-21 H 4 REBOUND (DEF) by COLE, Brandon 08:18 MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun GOOD! FT SHOT by COLE, Brandon 08:10 26-21 H 5 FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun MISSED FT SHOT by COLE, Brandon 08:10 REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun SUB IN : Lasme, Stephane 08:10 SUB IN : BROWN, Derrick SUB OUT: Brower, Etienne 08:10 SUB OUT: DOELLMAN, Justin 08:03 26-23 H 3 GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT] 08:03 ASSIST by Forbes, Gary GOOD! 3 PTR by BROWN, Derrick 07:42 29-23 H 6 ASSIST by LAVENDER, Drew 07:42 BLOCK by COLE, Brandon 07:23 MISSED LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane REBOUND (DEF) by COLE, Brandon 07:21 GOOD! LAYUP by BROWN, Derrick [FB/PNT] 07:15 31-23 H 8 ASSIST by LAVENDER, Drew 07:15 07:04 FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun 07:04 TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun TIMEOUT MEDIA 07:04 SUB IN : Life, James 07:04 SUB OUT: Harris, Ricky 07:04 MISSED LAYUP by CAGE, Justin 06:51 REBOUND (OFF) by COLE, Brandon 06:51 MISSED TIP-IN by COLE, Brandon 06:49 REBOUND (OFF) by COLE, Brandon 06:49 MISSED LAYUP by COLE, Brandon 06:46 BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane REBOUND (OFF) by BURRELL, Stanley 06:45 MISSED LAYUP by BURRELL, Stanley 06:40 REBOUND (OFF) by COLE, Brandon 06:40 TURNOVR by COLE, Brandon 06:38 06:24 31-25 H 6 GOOD! DUNK by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT] 06:24 ASSIST by Mayben, Tiki MISSED LAYUP by BURRELL, Stanley 06:03 REBOUND (DEF) by Life, James STEAL by BROWN, Derrick 05:45 TURNOVR by Forbes, Gary 05:45 FOUL by Forbes, Gary 05:45 SUB IN : DOELLMAN, Justin 05:45 SUB IN : DUNCAN, Josh 05:45 SUB IN : WOLF, Johnny 05:45 SUB IN : RAYMOND, B.J. 05:45 SUB OUT: COLE, Brandon 05:45 SUB OUT: CAGE, Justin 05:45 SUB OUT: BURRELL, Stanley 05:45 SUB OUT: LAVENDER, Drew GOOD! LAYUP by DUNCAN, Josh [PNT] 05:28 33-25 H 8 REBOUND (DEF) by WOLF, Johnny 05:04 MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James GOOD! LAYUP by DOELLMAN, Justin [FB/PNT] 04:56 35-25 H 10 ASSIST by WOLF, Johnny 04:56 04:29 MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James 04:29 REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun BLOCK by BROWN, Derrick 04:25 MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun 04:24 REBOUND (OFF) by Forbes, Gary 04:15 MISSED 3 PTR by Forbes, Gary 04:15 REBOUND (OFF) by Life, James FOUL by DOELLMAN, Justin 04:11 MISSED FT SHOT by Life, James 04:11 REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL) REBOUND (DEF) by WOLF, Johnny 04:11 MISSED FT SHOT by Life, James SUB IN : Brower, Etienne 04:11 SUB IN : BURRELL, Stanley SUB IN : Milligan, Dante 04:11 SUB OUT: DOELLMAN, Justin SUB IN : Lowe, Chris 04:11 SUB OUT: Forbes, Gary 04:11 SUB OUT: Mayben, Tiki 04:11 SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun 04:11 GOOD! LAYUP by DUNCAN, Josh [PNT] 03:54 37-25 H 12 ASSIST by WOLF, Johnny 03:54 03:36 SUB IN : CAGE, Justin 03:36 SUB OUT: RAYMOND, B.J. 03:34 MISSED LAYUP by Milligan, Dante 03:34 REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane 03:31 37-27 H 10 GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT] MISSED JUMPER by CAGE, Justin 03:04 REBOUND (DEF) by Life, James 02:44 MISSED 3 PTR by Brower, Etienne 02:44 REBOUND (OFF) by Milligan, Dante 02:42 MISSED LAYUP by Milligan, Dante 02:42 REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane 02:37 37-29 H 8 GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT] TIMEOUT 30sec 02:27 02:27 SUB IN : LAVENDER, Drew 02:27 SUB IN : COLE, Brandon 02:27 SUB OUT: DUNCAN, Josh 02:27 SUB OUT: WOLF, Johnny SUB IN : Harris, Ricky 02:18 SUB OUT: Milligan, Dante 02:18 MISSED LAYUP by LAVENDER, Drew 02:13 REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris 01:55 37-32 H 5 GOOD! 3 PTR by Brower, Etienne 01:55 ASSIST by Forbes, Gary 01:40 FOUL by Harris, Ricky TIMEOUT MEDIA 01:40 MISSED FT SHOT by BURRELL, Stanley 01:40 REBOUND (DEF) by Brower, Etienne SUB IN : Forbes, Gary 01:40 SUB OUT: Life, James 01:40 01:20 37-34 H 3 GOOD! LAYUP by Forbes, Gary [PNT] MISSED JUMPER by BROWN, Derrick 00:48 REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris 00:39 37-36 H 1 GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT] 00:39 ASSIST by Lowe, Chris SUB IN : Milligan, Dante 00:33 SUB IN : DUNCAN, Josh SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane 00:33 SUB OUT: COLE, Brandon MISSED 3 PTR by DUNCAN, Josh 00:04 REBOUND (OFF) by BROWN, Derrick 00:04 MISSED TIP-IN by BROWN, Derrick 00:01 REBOUND (DEF) by Harris, Ricky Xavier 37, Massachusetts 36 1st period-only InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties Leads Massachusetts 30 11 12 4 11 2 2 Xavier 20 13 6 8 11 1 3 2nd PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1) HOME TEAM: Xavier TIME SCORE MAR VISITORS: Massachusetts ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ SUB IN : Forbes, Gary 20:00 SUB OUT: Thomas, Brandon 20:00 FOUL by DUNCAN, Josh 19:48 TURNOVR by DUNCAN, Josh 19:48 19:33 37-38 V 1 GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT] 19:33 ASSIST by Forbes, Gary MISSED 3 PTR by DUNCAN, Josh 19:21 REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary STEAL by BURRELL, Stanley 19:13 TURNOVR by Forbes, Gary GOOD! JUMPER by LAVENDER, Drew 18:39 39-38 H 1 REBOUND (DEF) by DOELLMAN, Justin 18:09 MISSED JUMPER by Lowe, Chris MISSED 3 PTR by DOELLMAN, Justin 18:01 REBOUND (OFF) by DUNCAN, Josh 18:01 MISSED 3 PTR by LAVENDER, Drew 17:55 REBOUND (OFF) by DOELLMAN, Justin 17:55 GOOD! FT SHOT by DOELLMAN, Justin 17:52 40-38 H 2 FOUL by Forbes, Gary GOOD! FT SHOT by DOELLMAN, Justin 17:52 41-38 H 3 17:33 41-41 T 4 GOOD! 3 PTR by Forbes, Gary 17:33 ASSIST by Lowe, Chris GOOD! JUMPER by DUNCAN, Josh 17:13 43-41 H 2 ASSIST by DOELLMAN, Justin 17:13 16:39 43-43 T 5 GOOD! LAYUP by Forbes, Gary [PNT] GOOD! 3 PTR by BURRELL, Stanley 16:25 46-43 H 3 16:05 46-45 H 1 GOOD! JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun 16:05 ASSIST by Life, James GOOD! 3 PTR by DOELLMAN, Justin 15:56 49-45 H 4 ASSIST by BURRELL, Stanley 15:56 TIMEOUT 30sec 15:55 BLOCK by CAGE, Justin 15:32 MISSED LAYUP by Forbes, Gary 15:31 REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM) 15:31 TIMEOUT MEDIA 15:22 MISSED 3 PTR by Lowe, Chris 15:22 REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane 15:20 49-47 H 2 GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT] GOOD! 3 PTR by BURRELL, Stanley 15:01 52-47 H 5 ASSIST by CAGE, Justin 15:01 14:45 TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane 14:45 SUB IN : COLE, Brandon 14:45 SUB IN : BROWN, Derrick 14:45 SUB OUT: DOELLMAN, Justin 14:45 SUB OUT: DUNCAN, Josh GOOD! 3 PTR by LAVENDER, Drew 14:23 55-47 H 8 ASSIST by COLE, Brandon 14:23 14:18 TIMEOUT 30sec 13:56 55-50 H 5 GOOD! 3 PTR by Life, James 13:56 ASSIST by Lowe, Chris MISSED JUMPER by BURRELL, Stanley 13:38 REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris 13:32 MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James 13:32 REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane 13:27 55-52 H 3 GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT] SUB IN : Mayben, Tiki 13:06 SUB IN : DOELLMAN, Justin SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris 13:06 SUB IN : DUNCAN, Josh 13:06 SUB IN : WOLF, Johnny 13:06 SUB OUT: COLE, Brandon 13:06 SUB OUT: CAGE, Justin 13:06 SUB OUT: LAVENDER, Drew TURNOVR by WOLF, Johnny 12:55 12:54 STEAL by Life, James 12:52 55-54 H 1 GOOD! LAYUP by Life, James [FB/PNT] TURNOVR by BURRELL, Stanley 12:36 12:36 SUB IN : RAYMOND, B.J. 12:36 SUB OUT: BURRELL, Stanley 12:20 55-56 V 1 GOOD! JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun 12:20 ASSIST by Life, James MISSED JUMPER by RAYMOND, B.J. 11:52 REBOUND (OFF) by RAYMOND, B.J. 11:52 11:51 FOUL by Forbes, Gary TIMEOUT MEDIA 11:51 11:51 SUB IN : CAGE, Justin 11:51 SUB IN : LAVENDER, Drew 11:51 SUB OUT: BROWN, Derrick 11:51 SUB OUT: WOLF, Johnny GOOD! FT SHOT by DUNCAN, Josh 11:47 56-56 T 6 FOUL by Lasme, Stephane GOOD! FT SHOT by DUNCAN, Josh 11:47 57-56 H 1 11:31 TURNOVR by Mayben, Tiki STEAL by RAYMOND, B.J. 11:30 MISSED 3 PTR by DUNCAN, Josh 11:18 REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary REBOUND (DEF) by RAYMOND, B.J. 11:09 MISSED 3 PTR by Forbes, Gary MISSED LAYUP by CAGE, Justin 10:57 REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary 10:48 MISSED JUMPER by Life, James 10:48 REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun 10:41 TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun STEAL by RAYMOND, B.J. 10:40 MISSED FT SHOT by CAGE, Justin 10:27 FOUL by Mayben, Tiki REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL) 10:27 GOOD! FT SHOT by CAGE, Justin 10:27 58-56 H 2 SUB IN : Brower, Etienne 10:27 SUB IN : COLE, Brandon SUB OUT: Life, James 10:27 SUB IN : BROWN, Derrick 10:27 SUB OUT: DOELLMAN, Justin 10:27 SUB OUT: DUNCAN, Josh 10:16 TURNOVR by Forbes, Gary MISSED 3 PTR by LAVENDER, Drew 10:01 REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane 09:38 MISSED JUMPER by Lasme, Stephane 09:38 REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun 09:34 58-58 T 7 GOOD! JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT] MISSED LAYUP by RAYMOND, B.J. 09:23 REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary 09:06 TURNOVR by Mayben, Tiki STEAL by LAVENDER, Drew 09:05 GOOD! LAYUP by LAVENDER, Drew [FB/PNT] 09:03 60-58 H 2 09:00 TURNOVR by Brower, Etienne STEAL by LAVENDER, Drew 08:59 MISSED LAYUP by BROWN, Derrick 08:31 REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun REBOUND (DEF) by RAYMOND, B.J. 08:24 MISSED JUMPER by Mayben, Tiki GOOD! FT SHOT by CAGE, Justin 08:14 61-58 H 3 FOUL by Forbes, Gary MISSED FT SHOT by CAGE, Justin 08:14 REBOUND (DEF) by Brower, Etienne SUB IN : Harris, Ricky 08:14 SUB IN : DOELLMAN, Justin SUB OUT: Forbes, Gary 08:14 SUB IN : DUNCAN, Josh 08:14 SUB IN : BURRELL, Stanley 08:14 SUB IN : WOLF, Johnny 08:14 SUB OUT: COLE, Brandon 08:14 SUB OUT: BROWN, Derrick 08:14 SUB OUT: RAYMOND, B.J. 08:14 SUB OUT: LAVENDER, Drew FOUL by DUNCAN, Josh 08:00 07:54 MISSED LAYUP by Harris, Ricky 07:54 REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun 07:51 61-60 H 1 GOOD! TIP-IN by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT] TIMEOUT media 07:36 SUB IN : Milligan, Dante 07:36 SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun 07:36 MISSED FT SHOT by DOELLMAN, Justin 07:35 FOUL by Milligan, Dante REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL) 07:35 GOOD! FT SHOT by DOELLMAN, Justin 07:35 62-60 H 2 07:35 SUB IN : LAVENDER, Drew 07:35 SUB OUT: WOLF, Johnny 07:21 MISSED 3 PTR by Harris, Ricky 07:21 REBOUND (OFF) by Mayben, Tiki 07:17 62-62 T 8 GOOD! TIP-IN by Mayben, Tiki [PNT] SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun 07:11 SUB IN : COLE, Brandon SUB OUT: Milligan, Dante 07:11 SUB OUT: DUNCAN, Josh MISSED LAYUP by DOELLMAN, Justin 06:52 REBOUND (OFF) by COLE, Brandon 06:52 GOOD! TIP-IN by COLE, Brandon [PNT] 06:51 64-62 H 2 FOUL by COLE, Brandon 06:34 SUB IN : Lowe, Chris 06:34 SUB OUT: Mayben, Tiki 06:34 REBOUND (DEF) by COLE, Brandon 06:28 MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun GOOD! JUMPER by BURRELL, Stanley 06:15 66-62 H 4 REBOUND (DEF) by COLE, Brandon 05:54 MISSED JUMPER by Lowe, Chris SUB IN : Forbes, Gary 05:48 SUB IN : RAYMOND, B.J. SUB OUT: Brower, Etienne 05:48 SUB OUT: CAGE, Justin GOOD! JUMPER by DOELLMAN, Justin [PNT] 05:29 68-62 H 6 05:24 TIMEOUT 30sec SUB IN : Life, James 05:24 SUB OUT: Harris, Ricky 05:24 05:00 MISSED LAYUP by Forbes, Gary 05:00 REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun 04:58 68-64 H 4 GOOD! TIP-IN by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT] MISSED JUMPER by BURRELL, Stanley 04:33 REBOUND (OFF) by DOELLMAN, Justin 04:33 GOOD! LAYUP by DOELLMAN, Justin [PNT] 04:31 70-64 H 6 BLOCK by RAYMOND, B.J. 04:14 MISSED JUMPER by Forbes, Gary 04:14 REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM) FOUL by COLE, Brandon 04:14 04:12 SUB IN : CAGE, Justin 04:12 SUB OUT: RAYMOND, B.J. 04:10 TURNOVR by Life, James STEAL by LAVENDER, Drew 04:09 GOOD! LAYUP by LAVENDER, Drew [FB/PNT] 04:06 72-64 H 8 BLOCK by DOELLMAN, Justin 03:44 MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun 03:43 REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun REBOUND (DEF) by COLE, Brandon 03:41 MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun TURNOVR by LAVENDER, Drew 03:32 03:31 STEAL by Freeman, Rashaun FOUL by CAGE, Justin 03:28 03:28 TIMEOUT media FOUL by DOELLMAN, Justin 03:13 72-65 H 7 GOOD! FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary 03:13 72-66 H 6 GOOD! FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary 03:13 SUB IN : DUNCAN, Josh 03:13 SUB OUT: COLE, Brandon GOOD! LAYUP by CAGE, Justin [PNT] 03:00 74-66 H 8 ASSIST by DOELLMAN, Justin 03:00 02:37 74-68 H 6 GOOD! LAYUP by Life, James [PNT] 02:18 TIMEOUT TEAM MISSED JUMPER by BURRELL, Stanley 02:15 REBOUND (DEF) by Life, James REBOUND (DEF) by CAGE, Justin 01:54 MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James MISSED LAYUP by LAVENDER, Drew 01:22 REBOUND (OFF) by CAGE, Justin 01:22 GOOD! TIP-IN by CAGE, Justin [PNT] 01:20 76-68 H 8 REBOUND (DEF) by CAGE, Justin 01:13 MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James MISSED FT SHOT by LAVENDER, Drew 01:03 FOUL by Lowe, Chris 01:03 REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane 01:03 SUB IN : COLE, Brandon 01:03 SUB OUT: DUNCAN, Josh 00:54 MISSED 3 PTR by Forbes, Gary 00:54 REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun 00:50 MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun 00:50 REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane 00:48 MISSED LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane 00:48 REBOUND (OFF) by Forbes, Gary 00:48 76-70 H 6 GOOD! TIP-IN by Forbes, Gary [PNT] 00:48 TIMEOUT 30sec GOOD! FT SHOT by BURRELL, Stanley 00:47 77-70 H 7 FOUL by Lasme, Stephane MISSED FT SHOT by BURRELL, Stanley 00:47 REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary SUB IN : Brower, Etienne 00:47 SUB IN : DUNCAN, Josh SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris 00:47 SUB OUT: COLE, Brandon 00:41 77-72 H 5 GOOD! LAYUP by Forbes, Gary [PNT] 00:41 TIMEOUT TEAM TIMEOUT 30sec 00:41 SUB IN : Lowe, Chris 00:41 SUB IN : Mayben, Tiki 00:41 SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun 00:41 SUB OUT: Brower, Etienne 00:41 SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun 00:40 SUB IN : COLE, Brandon SUB OUT: Mayben, Tiki 00:40 SUB OUT: DUNCAN, Josh 00:30 77-75 H 2 GOOD! 3 PTR by Brower, Etienne 00:30 ASSIST by Forbes, Gary TIMEOUT 30sec 00:27 SUB IN : Mayben, Tiki 00:27 SUB IN : DUNCAN, Josh SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun 00:27 SUB OUT: COLE, Brandon GOOD! FT SHOT by DUNCAN, Josh 00:23 78-75 H 3 FOUL by Life, James GOOD! FT SHOT by DUNCAN, Josh 00:23 79-75 H 4 SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun 00:23 SUB IN : COLE, Brandon SUB IN : Brower, Etienne 00:23 SUB OUT: DUNCAN, Josh SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris 00:23 SUB OUT: Mayben, Tiki 00:23 REBOUND (DEF) by DOELLMAN, Justin 00:18 MISSED JUMPER by Forbes, Gary GOOD! FT SHOT by BURRELL, Stanley 00:14 80-75 H 5 FOUL by Life, James GOOD! FT SHOT by BURRELL, Stanley 00:14 81-75 H 6 SUB IN : Lowe, Chris 00:14 SUB IN : DUNCAN, Josh SUB IN : Mayben, Tiki 00:14 SUB OUT: COLE, Brandon SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun 00:14 SUB OUT: Brower, Etienne 00:14 00:09 MISSED 3 PTR by Brower, Etienne 00:09 REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane 00:05 81-77 H 4 GOOD! TIP-IN by Lasme, Stephane [PNT] GOOD! FT SHOT by BURRELL, Stanley 00:04 82-77 H 5 FOUL by Lasme, Stephane GOOD! FT SHOT by BURRELL, Stanley 00:04 83-77 H 6 SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun 00:04 SUB IN : BROWN, Derrick SUB IN : Pennie, Matt 00:04 SUB OUT: BURRELL, Stanley SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane 00:04 SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris 00:04 Xavier 83, Massachusetts 77 2nd period-only InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties Leads Massachusetts 26 8 16 2 16 4 2 Xavier 14 10 10 4 2 1 2 POINTS OFF TURNOVERS 1 2 - Tot Massachusetts........... 11 8 - 19 Xavier.................. 13 10 - 23 POINTS IN PAINT 1 2 - Tot Massachusetts........... 30 26 - 56 Xavier.................. 20 14 - 34 2ND CHANCE POINTS 1 2 - Tot Massachusetts........... 12 16 - 28 Xavier.................. 6 10 - 16 FAST BREAK POINTS 1 2 - Tot Massachusetts........... 4 2 - 6 Xavier.................. 8 4 - 12 BENCH POINTS 1 2 - Tot Massachusetts........... 11 16 - 27 Xavier.................. 11 2 - 13 SCORE TIED BY 1 2 - Tot Massachusetts........... 2 4 - 6 Xavier.................. 1 1 - 2 LEAD GAINED BY 1 2 - Tot Massachusetts........... 2 2 - 4 Xavier.................. 3 2 - 5