Jan. 13, 2010
Xavier University Musketeers vs. Charlotte 49ers
Wednesday, January 13, 2010, Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Jordan Crawford scored 18 points to lead four Musketeers in double-figure scoring as Xavier (11-5, 3-0 Atlantic 10) defeated Charlotte (11-5, 1-1 A-10), 86-74. Dante Jackson scored 14 points, Brad Redford added 12 points, and Jason Love chipped in 10 points. Crawford and Kenny Frease each grabbed 5 rebounds, and Jackson dished out 6 assists. Charlotte was led by An’Juan Wilderness who scored 15 points, Chris Braswell with 14, Shamari Spears with 13, and Derrio Green with 10. Spears and Phil Jones grabbed 5 rebounds apiece, and Braswell and Green each had 3 assists.
With tonight’s win, Xavier extended its home winning streak to 17 games, the ninth-longest home court winning streak in the country. The 17-game streak is the longest by any XU squad since Cintas Center opened for the 2000-01 season. Now in its 10th season playing its home games at Cintas Center, XU is 128-17 (.883) overall at its on-campus arena.
XU improved to 63-10 (.863) against Atlantic 10 competition at Cintas Center. The Musketeers have won 25 consecutive Atlantic 10 games at Cintas Center, which is the second-longest streak in A-10 history.
Xavier is 10-1 this season when it scores at least 70 points, with its only loss being the 96-92 double-overtime setback at Wake Forest.
Through three Atlantic 10 Conference games, Xavier has held opponents to just 14.8 percent shooting (9-for-61) from behind the three-point arc. Charlotte shot a season-low 9.1 percent (2-for-22) from long distance in tonight’s game. Offensively, the Musketeers are shooting 40.4 percent (23-for-57) from behind the arc in conference play.
Dante Jackson scored a season-high 14 points, despite fouling out with 8:53 remaining. His previous high this year was 9 points on four different occasions, most recently at La Salle (1-7). He also had a season-high 6 assists. His previous high this year was 5 assists against Creighton at the Old Spice Classic (11-27). Both were just one shy of his career highs.
Brad Redford grabbed 4 rebounds, matching his career high. He also had 4 boards against St. Louis (1-8-09).
Kenny Frease dished out a career-high 4 assists. His previous high was 3 assists against Toledo (11-17-08).
An’Juan Wilderness scored a season-high 15 points. His previous high this year was 11 points at Winthrop (12-20).
Trailing 5-4 at 17:30 of the first half, XU went on a 10-0 run to take a 14-5 lead at 14:56. Dante Jackson scored a pair of three-pointers to pace the Musketeers.
Leading 17-11 at 13:14, XU went on a 9-0 run to take a 26-11 lead at 9:04. Jordan Crawford scored 3 points.
Up Next: Xavier welcomes the Dayton Flyers to Cintas Center on Saturday, January 16, at 11:00 a.m. Dayton leads the all-time series with Xavier, 81-68, but XU has won seven of the last eight meetings. Last year, the teams split the season series, with each winning on its home court. The Flyers won 71-58 at UD Arena on February 11, while the Musketeers exacted revenge with a 76-59 victory at Cintas Center on March 5. In that game, Dante Jackson scored 14 points (11 coming in the first three minutes of the game) and grabbed a career-high eight rebounds on his way to being named the Blackburn/McCafferty MVP by the media. B.J. Raymond scored 14 points, Derrick Brown scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Jamel McLean added 10 points. XU has won 24 straight home games against Dayton. The last time Xavier lost a home contest to Dayton came on January 10, 1981, when the Flyers edged XU, 74-72, at Riverfront Coliseum.