Burrell and Doellman Each Score 21 as XU Downs Temple in A-10 Opener

Justin Doellman matched a career high with 21 points.

Justin Doellman matched a career high with 21 points.

Jan. 6, 2007

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CINCINNATI - Senior forward Justin Doellman matched a career high with 21 points and junior forward Stanley Burrell also scored 21 to lead the Xavier University men's basketball team past Temple, 76-68, on Saturday evening at Cintas Center. With the win, Xavier improves to 11-4 on the season while the Owls fall to 6-7. The contest was the Atlantic 10 Conference opener for both squads.

Xavier improves to 9-3 all-time in A-10 openers with the victory.

Doellman's 21 came on 6-of-10 shooting and he also hit a career-high eight free throws on the night. Burrell was 6-of-11 from the field and 18 of his points came after intermission.

"I thought Justin Doellman, for the third game in a row, was terrific," said head coach Sean Miller. "He gives you offense, defense, rebounding, and shooting the free throws. If he hadn't played the way he did tonight we would have left with a loss."

Senior forward Justin Cage joined Burrell and Doellman in double-figures with 10 points. Cage also dished-out a pair of assists and was 8-of-10 from the charity stripe.

Junior guard Drew Lavender continued his solid play at the point, dropping five dimes without committing a single turnover. Classmate Josh Duncan scored nine points and tied a career high with nine boards.

XU led 33-28 at the half and extended that edge to nine points, 39-30, when Duncan nailed a pair of free throws with 17:23 to go in the game.

Temple would answer with a 12-3 run over the next 4:30 and hung around for most of the second half.

XU held a one-point advantage, 63-62, with 3:22 remaining in regulation but answered with a game-ending 13-6 run to take home the victory.

Nine of XU's 13 points during the decisive stretch came from the free throw line as the Musketeers went a spotless 9-of-9 from the charity stripe in the game's final 3:10. Duncan spurred the run with five points, three rebounds and an assist.

Dion Dacons led the way for Temple with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Dustin Salisbery led all Owl scorers with 15 points.

Xavier took care of business from the free throw line, going 30-of-36. Temple was 14-of-20 on free throws.

XU once again took exceptional care of the ball, committing only nine turnovers on the night (three in the second half) and forced Temple into 14 miscues. Xavier was also in a sharing mood on Saturday as five Musketeers dished-out at least two assists.

Xavier returns to action on Thursday, January 11 when the team travels to the "Big Apple" to take on Fordham. Game time is set for 8 p.m. and the contest will be televised nationally on CSTV.