First Half Surge Leads Xavier Past Fordham
Jan. 11, 2007
BRONX, N.Y. - In the 18th meeting all-time between the two schools, Xavier University used a 71.4 percentage from behind the arc to cruise past host Fordham, 71-56, on Thursday evening at Rose Hill Gymnasium. Senior Justin Doellman led the way with a team-high 20 on 7-for-12 shooting, including 4-of-7 from deep, to help the Musketeers improve to 12-4 overall and 2-0 in Atlantic 10 play. The Rams fall to 8-7 on the season and 1-2 in conference action.
Doellman got the Musketeers started as the senior bucketed eight of XU's first 14 points, including two treys, to give Xavier the early six-point advantage.
XU would extend its lead to 11 points after an acrobatic jumper in the lane by Stanley Burrell resulted in a three-point play the old-fashioned way. That would be followed by a 15-footer by Drew Lavender that ended the quick 5-0 run at 22-11 in favor of the Blue and White.
The Musketeers would continue to pour it on as Doellman would cap an impressive 21-1 run over an 8:41 stretch. B.J. Raymond would put on the finishing touches to a great first half by knocking down back-to-back threes to close out the half and give XU its largest lead of the stanza at 29, 44-15.
XU shot an impressive 53.3 percent in the first half, which was the second highest first half percentage of the season behind a 63 percent effort against Detroit. The 44 points scored was the third highest total of the season behind the American (51) and Detroit (50) games.
The offensive was not the only thing clicking for the Musketeers as the team stepped up its defensive efforts to hold the Rams to no field goals over an 8:41 stretch and the lowest point total allowed by XU this season. The 15 points allowed, on 4-of-16 shooting for 25 percent, topped the previous high of 24 allowed in the first half of the Coastal Carolina game and topped the overall mark of points allowed in a half of 22 also recorded in the Coastal game.
It would be a tale of two halves as Fordham would respond to the XU barrage by holding the Musketeers to no field goals over a 7:23 stretch and making a 13-1 run over a 6:02 span during that time to cut the Xavier lead to 15 points, 52-37.
The Rams would continue to chip away at the XU lead, getting as close as 12 points with 4:00 remaining before Burrell took over with two key three-pointers to push the XU advantage back to 19 at 69-50. The two threes by Burrell marked 15 treys by the Musketeers on the evening and set a new school record, with 14 being the previous set last season at Temple on January 25.
The win pushes Xavier's current win streak to four games and the Musketeers now own a 15-3 advantage over the Rams in the series, including taking 14 of the last 15 meetings.
The Musketeers will return to the court this Saturday, January 13, as they continue their first A-10 road trip at Saint Louis. Game time against the Billikens is set for 9:00 pm EST and 8:00 pm local time. You can catch the game live on FSN Ohio with play-by-play and color commentary from Brad Johansen and Steve Wolf.