Musketeers Victorious in the 150th Meeting Against Dayton

Jackson scored a career high 19 points and was named the Blackburn/McCafferty MVP.
Jackson scored a career high 19 points and was named the Blackburn/McCafferty MVP.

Jan. 16, 2010

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CINCINNATI- Danté Jackson was named the Blackburn/McCafferty game MVP for the second year in a row after scoring a career high 19 points as XU beat Atlantic 10 rival Dayton by a score of 78-74 Saturday morning at Cintas Center. With this win, Xavier improves to 12-5 on the season and a perfect 4-0 in conference play. Dayton slips to 13-4 and suffers its first conference loss off the season.

Jackson was the game's leading scorer going 4-of-7 from downtown which served as the energizing boost XU needed to overcome its conference foe. The 2010 Blackburn/McCafferty MVP also grabbed four rebounds, dished out two assists and a steal.

Sophomore Jordan Crawford exploded for 14 of his 16 points in the second half. Sophomore Terrell Holloway scored 17 points and was nearly perfect from the line going 13-of-14. Senior captain Jason Love scored 10 points and had a career high six blocks.

The game did not disappoint the fans that packed into Cintas Center. There were 10 ties and seven lead changes throughout.  XU trailed at the half by a margin of three, 39-36.

The second half, however, was a different story with Crawford coming out and shooting a trey to tie the score. The Muskies never looked back from that even though the Flyers threatened on many occasions, coming as close as three in the final minute of play.

The game came down to rebounding and free throws. Dayton dominated XU on the boards by a mark of 51 to 34, but Xavier scored when it counted from the charity stripe. The Muskies shot 80 percent from the line (24-of-30), compared to UD's 64 percent (16-of-25).

Andrew Taylor provided a spark for the Muskies in the first half contributing a solid four points and chasing down three rebounds. Taylor's impact came on his ability to force turnovers.

Marcus Johnson led the way for the Flyers, scoring 17 points off of 6-of-14 shooting.

The Muskies return to play Wednesday, January 20 as they travel to Philadelphia to take on the No. 19/21 Temple Owls. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. televised regionally on Fox Sports Ohio.