Justin Doellman scored 20 or more points for the second time this season.
Feb. 18, 2006
CINCINNATI - Sophomore guard Stanley Burrell scored a team-high 21 points and freshman wing B.J. Raymond established a career-scoring high for the second consecutive game with 16 points to lift the Xavier University men's basketball team past Duquesne, 91-70, on Saturday afternoon at Cintas Center. With the win, Xavier improves to 16-7 on the year and 7-5 in league play. Duquesne slips to 3-21 overall, 1-12 in the Atlantic 10.
Junior forward Justin Doellman added 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting for XU. He also snared four rebounds on the afternoon.
Burrell was 9-of-17 from the field and also dropped three dimes to go along with his 21 points.
Raymond, who has emerged as a significant contributor of late, was 6-of-8 from the field and was a sizzling 4-of-5 from three-point range. Junior forward Justin Cage continued his solid play with a 13-point, eight rebound effort. He was also a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line.
"We're happy to win the game. We're trying to reinvent ourselves to become better than we are and to become better than we've been," said Xavier head coach Sean Miller. "I like how we're getting to the foul line. And that's two games in a row where we've had 10 or fewer turnovers. That could help us because, before Brian [Thornton] got hurt, we were averaging 13 a game."
Senior guard Dedrick Finn was solid at the point for Xavier as he scored seven points and dished-out a game-high six assists.
Xavier led by 10 points early in the second half, but Duquesne whittled away and shrunk the XU advantage to four points, 71-67, when Keith Gayden hit a free throw at the seven-minute mark.
However, Xavier would tighten up and allowed Duquesne to convert on just one field goal attempt the rest of the way. The Musketeers' offense also heated up as XU scored the next five points and ended the game on an overwhelming 20-3 run to take home the 91-70 win.
XU was solid at the charity stripe once again as the team converted on 26-of-29 from the line. Xavier is now 51-of-56 (91.1 percent) from the free throw line in the last two games.
Xavier led 41-36 at the half and extended the lead to 10 points, 59-49, when Raymond hit the last of his three consecutive 3-point field goals at the 13:40 mark. DU would outscore XU 18-12 over the next 6:40 and shrunk the Musketeer cushion to four points with seven minutes to go.
Xavier was a solid 50.9 percent from the floor on the afternoon including a blistering 61.5 percent (16-of-26) in the second half.
XU fell behind by as many as four points after Bryant McAllister drained a pull-up jumper to cap a 9-2 Dukes run, giving Duquesne a 12-8 edge at the 14:40 mark.
Xavier would respond though and the Musketeers took the lead for good, 22-20, when Burrell drilled a 3-pointer at the 9:30 mark.
The Musketeers extended their lead to nine points when Johnny Wolf hit a free throw with under a minute to go and took a 41-36 lead into the locker room.