Musketeers Win Two Conference Titles, Have 50 Named To All-BIG EAST Teams
Stainbrook Posted Team-Highs In Points And Rebounds.
Musketeers Have Made Tourney Eight Of Last Nine Years
Isaiah Philmore Scored A Career-High 23 Points
Christon Becomes Second Sophomore At Xavier To Reach 1,000-Career Points
Xavier's Isaiah Philmore, Dee Davis, Semaj Christon, Justin Martin, Matt Stainbrook and head coach Chris Mack answered questions from the media prior to Xavier's opening round game against 12-seed NC State in the NCAA Tournament.
Men's basketball players Semaj Christon, Isaiah Philmore and Justin Martin and head coach Chris Mack spoke to the media after learning that Xavier earned a 12-seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament and would be playing No. 12 NC State in Dayton, Ohio.
Highlights from No. 3-seed Xavier's 86-78 loss to two-seed Creighton in the 2014 BIG EAST Men's Basketball Championship semifinals.
Xavier sophomore Semaj Christon and head coach Chris Mack spoke with the media about playing in the BIG EAST Tournament and preparing for Marquette.
Xavier head coach Chris Mack and players Isaiah Philmore and Semaj Christon fielded questions from the media following the Musketeers 77-70 home loss to sixth-ranked Villanova.
Xavier vs. N.C. State - First Round NCAA Tournament 03/18/14
Xavier vs. Creighton 03/14/14 - BIG EAST Semi Final
Xavier vs. Marquette - BIG EAST Tournament 03/13/14
Xavier vs Villonava 03/06/14
Xavier vs Creighton 03/01/14
HONOR ROLL ... UNANIMOUS FIRST TEAM ALL-BIG EAST: Declared for the 2014 NBA Draft after completing his sophomore season ... Scored 1,034 career points, only the second player in XU history to reach the 1,000-Point Club as a sophomore ... 2013-14 Team Tri-captain ... Unanimous 2013-14 First Team All-BIG EAST Conference selection by the league coaches ... 2014 BIG EAST All-Tournament Team ... 2013-14 NABC (National Assoc. of Basketball Coaches) First Team All-District 5 ... 2013-14 First Team All-BIG EAST and three-time BIG EAST Player of the Week by collegsportsmadness.com ... National Player of the Week (ESPN's Andy Katz) after averaging 18.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals in wins at St. John's on Feb. 25 and over No. 9 Creighton on March 1 ... Five-member BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll six times.
2013-14: Led the team in scoring (sixth in the BIG EAST at 17.0 ppg.) and steals (fourth in BIG EAST at 1.3 spg.) and is second in assists (sixth in BIG EAST at 4.2 apg.) ... For BIG EAST regular season play he averaged 18.7 points (third in the BIG EAST), including a career-high tying 28 points at Seton Hall on March 3 (24 in the second half) and a career-high 28 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field vs. Marquette on Jan. 9, including a career-high three 3-pointers ... 15 career 20-point games, including 10 as a sophomore ... Scored in double-figures in 50 of his last 53 games, including each of the last 22 games and a team-high 31 games for the 2013-14 season ... Scored a team-high 21 points in the March 1 win over Creighton and a game-high 27 points at DePaul on 9-of-12 shooting from the field ... Followed that up with 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting at Creighton on Jan. 12 ... Scored a game-high 20 vs. Butler on Jan. 4 ... Had 22 in the BG win on Dec. 7 and 18 in the Tennessee win on Nov. 12 ... Recorded back-to-back eight-assist, no-turnover games vs. St. John's on Dec. 31 and Butler on Jan. 4.
EARNED NATIONAL, DISTRICT AND CONFERENCE HONORS: 2013 Kyle Macy Freshman All-America Team (CollegeInsider.com)...NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) District 4 Second Team selection...Xavier's first-ever Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Year...2012-13 Atlantic 10 Conference Second Team selection, the first XU freshman ever named to the A-10 first, second or third team...2012-13 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team...led XU in scoring at 15.2 ppg. (eighth overall and first among freshmen in the Atlantic 10), assists at 4.6 apg. (fifth overall and second among freshmen in the A-10) and steals at 1.5 spg. (10th overall and second among freshmen in the A-10)...scored in double figures in 27 games, including 19 straight games to end the season...led XU in scoring in 18 games this season, including 20 points, seven assists and a career-high tying seven rebounds in the win over Saint Louis on March 6 and 20 points to go with five assists at Butler on March 9...led Xavier with 19 points and a career-high 10 assists at St. Bonaventure on Jan. 19...fourth in the Atlantic 10 in scoring for conference games only at 17.0 ppg...had a career-high 25 points at Purdue on Dec. 1...on the lists of Seth Davis (CBS/SI), Stephen Bardo (ESPN) and Mark Adams (ESPN) as one of the nation's top five freshman point guards.
ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR WAS A 7-TIME ATLANTIC 10 ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for a school record seventh time this season after contributing 20.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.0 steals in a game vs. Saint Louis on March 6 and one at Butler on March 9...A-10 Award selection No. 6: had 15.0 points, 5.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals in games against Memphis and UMass this past week...no other Xavier rookie has ever won more than three of these awards...A-10 Award selection No. 5: had a team-high tying 16 points to go with a game-high eight assists and a career-high seven rebounds in the win at Duquesne Feb. 9...A-10 Award selection No. 4: earned the honor two straight weeks back in January, including after averaging 18.5 averaging 18.5 points, 7.5 assists and 2.0 steals in wins at St. Bonaventure (Jan. 16) and vs. La Salle (Jan. 19)...posted his first career double-double with 19 points and 10 assists at St. Bonaventure; scored 15 second-half points and hit the game-winning bank shot with five seconds left...hit 8-of-11 from the field en route to 18 points to go with five assists in the La Salle win...A-10 Award selection No. 3: averaged 18.5 ppg. and 4.5 apg. for XU's wins over Temple (Jan. 10) and George Washington (Jan. 12) to open the Atlantic 10 season...A-10 Award selection No. 2: had a tremendous game on Dec. 1 at Purdue in his first true road game; had a career-high 25 points on 8-of-12 from the field and 8-of-8 from the free throw line...A-10 Award selection No. 1: averaged 19.0 points and 6.3 assists in the DIRECTV Classic from Nov. 22-25 in Anaheim, Calif., earning an All-Tournament Team spot.
SECOND AMONG XAVIER FRESHMAN SCORING LEADERS: Led the team in scoring at 15.2 ppg. (eighth overall and first among freshmen in the Atlantic 10) and was the first Xavier freshman to average double figures in scoring and/or lead the team in scoring since Stanley Burrell scored a team-high 12.7 ppg. in the 2004-05 season...took over second place on Xavier's all-time freshman scoring list with 456 points...Byron Larkin (492 in 1984-85) is XU's all-time freshman scoring leader...
TIED FOR THE XAVIER FRESHMAN ASSIST RECORD: First on the team and fifth in the Atlantic 10 Conference (second among freshmen in the A-10) in assists at 4.6 apg., including his career-high 10-assist game at St. Bonaventure on Jan. 16...was the first Xavier freshman to lead the team in assists since Dedrick Finn at 4.3 apg. in the 2002-03 season...his season total of 139 assists left him tied and one assist shy of breaking Finn's XU freshman record total of 139 assists...made his collegiate debut on Nov. 13 against Butler, dishing off a game-high eight assists...the eight assists set a new Xavier record for most assists by a freshman in his first collegiate game...the freshman record for assists in a game is 11.
AT BREWSTER ACADEMY (N.H.): Played one season at Brewster Academy with current XU teammate Jalen Reynolds...won a prep school national championship...basketball coach: Jason Smith.
AT WINTON WOODS HIGH: Led the Fort Ancient Valley Conference in scoring as a senior at 21.0 points per game...team finished 21-3...Cincinnati Enquirer All-Star and All-State selection...basketball coach: Donnie Gillespie.
PERSONAL: Undecided on a major...born November 1, 1992 in Cincinnati...mother's name is Toni-Carr; father's name is William.