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Xavier Holds Court Against UMass, 83-77, Despite 22 Points From Freeman
Freeman moves into sixth-place on all-time scoring list; UMass suffers first A-10 loss
From UMass Athletics, 1/18/2007

CINCINNATI - 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.


Post-game notes & quotes
From UMass Athletics, 1/18/2007

UMass 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 the game:
I thought our team played with a lot of heart and I was proud of their effort. We did some good things. When you come into a gym like this with a good opponent, you have very little room for error. In the first half, we gave up some steals and some three pointers to guys who haven't shot well from behind the line. In the second half, we let them hit four straight three pointers.

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.


UMass falls short against Xavier
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 1/19/2007

CINCINNATI - 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
Josh Duncan gets sandwiched between Chris Lowe and Stephane Lasme.
The Minutemen spent most of the game successfully digging themselves out of holes created by Xavier runs, but they ran out of time on the last one as the Musketeers hung on 83-77 at the Cintas Center.

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.


Forbes becomes scoring threat
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 1/19/2007

CINCINNATI - 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
Gary Forbes tries to pick Derrick Brown's pocket.
Playing multiple positions, he has averaged over 15 points per game in the last five games, including 19 Thursday night in the 83-77 loss to Xavier.

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.


Loss dims chance for tournament
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 1/19/2007

CINCINNATI - 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 mvautour@gazettenet.com. For more UMass coverage including a frequently updated UMass sports blog, go to www.dailyhampshiregazette.com/umsports.


Balanced attack lifts Muskies past UMass
Double figures from 6 players
By C. Trent Rosecrans, The Cincinnati Post Staff Reporter, 1/19/2007

All 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
Justin Doellman gets the shot off in front of Brandon Thomas.
The Musketeers (13-5 overall, 3-1 A-10) had six players scoring in double figures, led by Justin Doellman with 16 points, for the first time since 1999 in a victory over Toledo.

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.


With blood, sweat, no need for tears
By Lonnie Wheeler, The Cincinnati Post Columnist, 1/19/2007

When 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
Gary Forbes all but tackles Derrick Brown for the loose ball.
And so, even in the aftermath of Xavier's vital victory, it cannot be said that its toughness issue has been put to rest. It cannot be said that XU will go board to board with any club out there.

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.


Gritty Muskies repel UMass
By Dustin Dow, The Cincinnati Enquirer, 1/19/2007

"Be 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."


Musketeers soft as nails this night
By Paul Daugherty, The Cincinnati Enquirer Staff Writer, 1/19/2007

If 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.


Massachusetts Minutemen 77
Xavier Musketeers 83
at Xavier

Official Basketball Box Score
Massachusetts vs Xavier
01/18/07 7:00 PM at Cincinnati, Ohio (Cintas Center)

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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

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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

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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

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
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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
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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

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