Musketeers Hold Off Late Minutemen Rally, Win 87-79 in Amherst
Feb. 3, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - Picking up their fourth straight Atlantic 10 conference win, the Xavier men's basketball team held off a late rally by the Massachusetts Minutemen, taking the Wednesday night contest, 87-79, at UM's Mullins Center. Four Musketeers scored in double-figures led by sophomore Jordan Crawford with a game-high 25 points. XU improved to 16-6 overall and 8-1 in league play while UM falls to 8-14 for the year and 2-6 in conference action.
Also for the Musketeers, junior Jamel McLean posted a double-double for the night with 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds while sophomore Terrell Holloway added 16 points and senior Jason Love tallied 15 as well.
XU narrowly won the battle of the boards, 34-31, but UM posted 12 offensive rebounds to Xavier's eight. The Musketeers dished out 23 assists on 32 made field goals as junior Dante' Jackson and Holloway dropped five dimes apiece.
A late second-half 16-4 run by Massachusetts gave the Minutemen their first lead, 63-62, of the second half with about seven and a half left to play. The two squads traded buckets and leads until back-to-back three-pointers from Crawford and an old-fashioned three-point play by McLean gave XU the advantage back for good at 77-69.
After four ties and two lead changes in the early going, XU found itself on the short end of a 13-10 deficit with just over four minutes gone in the first frame. The Musketeers then dominated the next five minutes, going on an 18-0 run which included seven points from McLean to take the 15-point, 28-13 advantage. The Minutemen cut the led to seven, 38-31, following an 8-2 run but would get no closer as the Musketeers ended the first half holding their largest lead of the game at 17, 50-33.
The Minutemen were led by Ricky Harris with a team-high 24 points and Sean Carter with a team-high five rebounds.
The Musketeers return to action on Saturday, Feb. 6 with a trip up I-75 to take on intra-state and conference rival Dayton. Tip is set for noon at University of Dayton Arena.