Musketeers Pound the Dukes, 86-50
Jan. 28, 2010
CINCINNATI- A balanced attack helped the Muskies defeat Atlantic 10 foe Duquesne at Cintas Center Thursday, January 28 by a score of 86-50. With the win, Xavier moves to 14-6 and 6-1 in conference play, while the Dukes fall to 10-10 and 1-5 in A-10 action. Xavier was led by Jordan Crawford and Jason Love who both posted 17 points. Sophomore center Kenny Frease earned his first career double-double with 13 points and 12 boards. Five Musketeers scored in double figures.
XU opened up the game with a 12-2 run and never looked back. The Dukes managed to score 23 points in the first half, the lowest opponent score in a half this season. Additionally, the 20 point lead (43 to 23) was the largest halftime lead since the 24 point advantage the Muskies had over Sacred Heart back on November 21.
Jason Love went a nearly perfect 8-of-9 from the floor, ending the game with 17 points, nine rebounds and an assist. Love exerted his dominance down in the post. Jordan Crawford had two monster treys, 17 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Jamel McLean made the most of his start by being a flawless 4-of-4 from the charity stripe to have a total of eight points.
Xavier did a better job on the boards tonight by out rebounding the Dukes 47-26. Frease's 12 rebounds ties a career-high.
Duquesne's leading scorer was Melquan Bolding who scored 14 points. Damian Saunders was the Duke's leading rebounder with eight boards.
This wins extends Xavier's home winning streak to 20 games, the fifth-longest active home court winning streak in the country.
Xavier Athletics would like to thank all that wore white to the game to support the American's Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer program. XU closes out its three-game home stand this Sunday, January 31 as they host the Fordham Rams. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at Cintas Center.