Drew Lavender dropped a career-high nine dimes on Saturday.
Jan. 27, 2007
CINCINNATI - Justin Doellman scored a career-high 24 points and sparked a Musketeer rally early in the second half to lead the Xavier University men's basketball team over Dayton, 83-67, on Saturday afternoon in front of 10,250 at Cintas Center. With the win, Xavier improves to 15-6 on the year and 5-2 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Flyers slip to 13-7, 3-4.
Doellman's career best came on 8-of-12 shooting and the senior also snared six second-half rebounds and blocked four shots. For his efforts Doellman was selected as the Blackburn/McCafferty Game MVP.
The contest marked the 100th game at Cintas Center and XU improved to 85-15 all-time in the on-campus facility. The game also marked Xavier's 22nd consecutive victory over Dayton in Cincinnati as UD has not defeated Xavier in the Queen City since the 1980-81 season.
XU trailed 43-42 at the half but the Musketeers came out with a purpose in the second stanza, scoring the second session's first 12 points and storming out to its second 19-3 run of the contest when Stanley Burrell nailed a pair of free throws to give Xavier a comfortable 61-46 lead at the 13:20 mark.
Doellman was the catalyst to the XU comeback, scoring 12 of Xavier's first 19 second-half points. Doellman was 4-for-5 during the decisive stretch.
UD would be unable to pull any closer than 10 points for the remainder of the contest.
Four other Musketeers scored in double-figures. Burrell dropped in 14 points and chased down five rebounds and Justin Cage and Drew Lavender each scored 13. Lavender also dished-out a career-high nine assists and made all four of his free throws.
Cage's 13 came on 4-of-5 shooting and he also hauled in six rebounds. Cage also did a solid defensive job and Dayton's leading scorer, Brian Roberts. Roberts scored 15 points but was just 4-of-13 from the field and 1-of-5 from long-range.
Brandon Cole earned his first start on Saturday and took full advantage. The senior tied a career best with 12 points on 3-of-6 shooting and he also corralled six rebounds. Cole was also solid from the charity stripe as he connected on 6-of-7 from the free throw line. The six free throws marked a new career high.
XU shot a solid 53.2 percent (25-of-47) from the field and held Dayton to a chilly 28.1 percent shooting (9-of-32) in the second half. XU also won the battle of the boards by a 34-to-28 margin and held a 27-to-19 edge on the defensive glass.
The Musketeers continued their trend of taking care of the ball as XU committed only 12 turnovers while dishing-out 16 assists. Xavier took care of business from the free throw line on Saturday, shooting 84.8 percent (28-of-33) from the charity stripe.
Dayton's Norman Plummer scored 14 points on 7-of-14 shooting while chasing down six boards.
The Flyers came out on fire and connected on six of its first seven field goal attempts in jumping out to a 14-6 lead 3:40 into the game.
Xavier would answer with a 7-0 run of its own over the next 1:20 and closed to within one point, 14-13, after Doellman hit a lay-up at the 15-minute mark. Xavier was unable to close any further though as the Flyers answered with another 10-3 spurt to take a 24-16 edge at the 11:50 mark.
The Musketeers seemed to seize control of the contest with a blistering 19-3 run over the next 4:30 and took their largest lead of the half, 35-27, on a Burrell floater with 6:30 to go. The run was sparked by five points from Cage and included a fastbreak lay-up from Jason Love at the 8:50 mark, which brought the capacity crowd of 10,250 to its feet.
Dayton would not lie down though and ended the half on a 12-3 run, capped by a Brian Roberts 3-pointer with time winding down, to take a 43-42 lead at intermission.
The Musketeers return to the hardwood on Wednesday, January 31 when the team travels to Pittsburgh to take on Duquesne. Game time is set for 7 p.m. and the contest will be televised regionally by FSN Ohio.