Senior forward Justin Doellman led Xavier with 23 points.
Jan. 31, 2007
PITTSBURGH - Xavier lost 93-91 at Duquesne on Wednesday night despite a furious second half comeback. The Musketeers roared back from 19 points down in the second half to tie the game at 91-all with 41 seconds left on a pair of free throws by freshman forward Derrick Brown.
Duquesne scored what proved to be the game-winner on a layup off of an out of bounds play with 22 seconds left. Junior guard Drew Lavender missed a three-pointer with four seconds left. Senior forward Justin Cage got the offensive rebound but was knocked to the floor before he could get a shot off. The loss dropped XU to 5-3 in the Atlantic 10 Conference and 15-7 overall, while Duquesne raised its records to 4-4 in the A-10 and 8-11 overall.
Xavier fell behind 9-2 at the start but battled back with a 14-0 run to take a 16-9 lead with 14 minutes left in the first half. Xavier led by four points, 37-33, when senior forward Brandon Cole hit a pair of free throws with 3:37 left in the half. XU turnovers and a pair of Duquesne three-pointers helped the Dukes finish the half with an 18-6 run to take a 51-43 lead at halftime.
Duquesne picked up where it left off when the second half started, scoring the first nine points of the half to take a 60-43 lead with 18:22 left. The Dukes led by 19 points, 71-52, with under 14 minutes left in the game but Xavier would not go away.
A Xavier rally cut the lead to 11 points at 73-62 with under 12 minutes left but Duquesne answered and got the lead back to 16 points at 86-70 with just over seven minutes left. XU still trailed by 12 points, 88-76, with under five minutes left. Ten points in the next four minutes by Lavender, including a pair of three-pointers, helped fuel a 15-3 run by the Musketeers that ended with Brown's game-tying free throws with 41 seconds left.
Senior forward Justin Doellman led five Xavier players in double figures with 23 points to go with five rebounds and five assists. Cage finished with his second "double-double" of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Cole also had a "double-double" with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Lavender finished with 14 points and a career-high tying nine assists, while Brown contributed 12 points and eight rebounds.