Doellman's Career High Leads XU in 98-72 Rout of Rhode Island

Drew Lavender made all four of his attempts from deep on Wednesday.

Drew Lavender made all four of his attempts from deep on Wednesday.

Feb. 21, 2007

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CINCINNATI - Senior forward Justin Doellman established a new career high with 29 points and junior guard Drew Lavender added 22 points and a game-high seven assists to lead the Xavier University men's basketball team past Rhode Island, 98-72, on Wednesday evening at Cintas Center. With the win, the Musketeers improve to 20-7 overall and 10-3 in Atlantic 10 Conference action. URI slips to 17-11, 10-4.

The win marks Xavier's 10th 20-win season in the last 11 years and its 20th 20-win season in the last 25 years. The Musketeers are now riding a season-high five game winning streak and have now won 12 consecutive games vs. the Rams.

Doellman's career best came on 10-of-16 shooting and he was also 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Lavender was 5-of-10 from the field including an unconscious 4-of-4 from long-range. The Columbus native was also a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line and did not commit a single turnover in 33 minutes of action.

Seniors Justin Cage and Brandon Cole each added nine points and five rebounds and junior guard Stanley Burrell made up for a cold shooting night by going 7-of-8 from the charity stripe and totaling nine points.

URI was able to hang around in the early stages of the second half, trailing by only eight points at the 12-minute mark after Terence Grier drained a 3-pointer. It was all Xavier from there though as the Musketeers answered with a 16-5 run over the next four minutes and led 74-55 with eight-minutes to go.

The Rams scored the next four points but a Cage fast break lay-up at the two-minute mark sparked an 8-0 run to squelch any thought of a comeback.

XU played a fine-tuned game offensively, shooting a solid 50.9 percent (29-of-57) from the floor including a scintillating 70.8 percent (17-of-24) in the second half while 20 of Xavier's 29 buckets came via an assist.

XU also won the battle of the boards by a 33-to-30 count and turned the ball over only six times.

Xavier stormed out of the gate and jumped out to leads of 7-2 (17:50 mark) and 11-4 with 15:50 remaining in the first session. Lavender sparked XU's early push with a 3-pointer and with an alley-oop feed to Doellman, which brought the crowd of 9,805 to its feet.

Xavier would not let up and put together a 10-0 run over a 3:10 span to take a commanding 26-12 lead with 7:30 remaining in the first half. Lavender buried two more 3-pointers during the stretch and Doellman also added four points including a fast break dunk to cap it.

URI would not lie down though, closing the margin to five points, 35-30, with 1:10 remaining and trailed 39-32 at the break.

XU is back in action on Saturday, February 24 when the team travels up I-75 to take on Dayton. Game time is set for 6 p.m. and the contest will be televised nationally on ESPNU.