Drew Lavender's reaction after draining his three-quarter court shot at the end of the first half.
Feb. 3, 2007
CINCINNATI - Junior point guard Drew Lavender poured in a Xavier career-high 31 points and was a scintillating 7-of-8 from long-range to lead the Xavier University men's basketball team past Charlotte, 91-57, on Saturday evening at sold-out Cintas Center in Cincinnati. With the win, Xavier improves to 16-7 on the year and 6-3 in Atlantic 10 action. Charlotte slips to 9-12 overall, 3-6 in the league.
Lavender's 31 came on unconscious 9-of-10 shooting from the field including a three-quarter court heave that found the bottom of the net as the first half expired. Lavender was also 6-for-6 from the free throw line and dished-out six assists.
His 31 points tied his collegiate career high as the Columbus, Ohio native also dropped 31 in an Oklahoma uniform during the 2003-04 season.
Junior guard Stanley Burrell was also outstanding for the Musketeers, scoring 25 points on 9-of-18 shooting including 5-of-10 from deep. Burrell also dropped five dimes and committed only one turnover.
Lavender and Burrell were the main contributors to XU's record setting 3-point shooting performance. The Musketeers put the 49'ers away with 16-of-26 (61.5 precent) shooting from beyond the arc and the 16 long-balls marked a new school record. XU eclipsed the previous mark of 15 3-pointers, which it set at Fordham on January 11 of this season.
Sophomore forward B.J. Raymond chipped in with 12 points and was 3-of-5 from the three-land. Raymond also recorded three assists.
Senior forward Brandon Cole scored six points but tied a career high with 10 boards.
Charlotte took its final lead of the game, 11-9, after De'Angelo Alexander connected on one of the 49'ers' two 3-point field goals with 13-minutes remaining in the first half.
Xavier answered with an 11-1 run over the next 2:50 to seize a 20-12 lead at the 10:10 mark. The run was sparked by a pair of 3-pointers from Burrell and a fast break slam by Raymond that brought the crowd of 10,250 to its feet.
Xavier continued to extend its lead and Lavender's 65-footer at the end of the first half gave Xavier a commanding 48-28 lead at intermission.
Charlotte would get no closer than 16 the rest of the way and Xavier opened up its largest lead of the game, 86-51, with 2:20 remaining in regulation.
As efficient as Xavier was offensively, the Musketeers were just as effective on the defensive end, holding Charlotte to just 32.9 percent (23-of-70) shooting on the night including a frigid 6.9 percent (2-of-29) from long range. Xavier shot 63.6 percent from the floor (28-of-44) and dished-out 21 assists against 16 turnovers.
Xavier also won the battle of the boards, 37-to-36, but held a convincing 32-to-16 advantage on the defensive glass.
Xavier is back in action on Wednesday, February 7 when the team welcomes Saint Louis to Cintas Center. Game time is set for 7 p.m. and the contest will be televised regionally by FSN Ohio.