Feb. 28, 2010
Xavier University Musketeers vs. #23/24 University of Richmond Spiders
Sunday, February 28, 2010, Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
The Xavier Musketeers (21-7, 12-2 Atlantic 10) defeated #23/24 Richmond (22-7, 11-3 A-10), 78-76, in double overtime to remain in a first place tie in the league standings. The win was XU’s fifth in row and snapped the Spiders’ eight-game winning streak. Terrell Holloway paced the Musketeers with 24 points, including 11 in the overtime sessions. Jordan Crawford added 19 points, Jason Love scored 16, and Mark Lyons added 10. Jamel McLean had 13 rebounds, and McLean and Dante Jackson each has 2 assists. Richmond was led by David Gonzalvez who scored 18 points, Kevin Anderson with 17 (all in the second half and overtime periods), Justin Harper, added 15, and Dan Geriot chipped in 10. Gonzalvez had 9 rebounds, and Geriot and Ryan Butler each had 4 assists.
Xavier is now 2-1 in overtime games this season, defeating Cincinnati, 83-79, in 2 OT (12-13) and losing at Wake Forest, 96-92, in 2 OT (1-3), Richmond is now 1-1 in overtime games. The Spiders defeated UMass, 70-63 (1-13). The last time Richmond played in a double-overtime game it lost to Liberty, 64-61 (12-7-99) at Robins Center.
XU had not gone into overtime three times in a season since 1996-97 when it went to extra sessions in four games. XU has never before played three double-overtime games in the same season.
Xavier extended its home winning streak to 23 games, tied for the third-longest home court winning streak in the country. The 23-game streak is the longest by any XU squad since Cintas Center opened for the 2000-01 season. Now in its 10th season playing at Cintas Center, XU is 134-17 (.887) overall at its on-campus arena.
XU improved to 69-10 (.873) against Atlantic 10 competition at Cintas Center. The Musketeers have won 31 consecutive Atlantic 10 games at Cintas Center, which is the second-longest streak in A-10 history.
Xavier is 20-2 this season when it scores at least 70 points, with its only blemishes being the 96-92 double-overtime setback at Wake Forest and the 77-72 loss at Temple.
Jamel McLean matched his career high with 13 rebounds. He also grabbed 13 boards at Florida (2-13-10) and against Sacred Heart (11-21-09).
Mark Lyons tied his career high with 6 rebounds. He also had 6 boards at Wake Forest (1-3-10).
Richmond hit 12 three-point field goals in today’s game, the most by a Xavier opponent this season. The previous high was 11 by Baylor at the Old Spice Classic (11-29-09). The last XU opponent to hit more three-pointers was Temple, which connected on 13 (1-16-08).
XU’s 20 turnovers matched a season high. The Musketeers also turned the ball over 20 times against Marquette at the Old Spice Classic (11-26-09).
Richmond’s David Gonzalvez matched his career high with 5 steals. He had 5 steals on two other occasions, most recently against St. Bonaventure (2-13-10).
Trailing 15-13 at 11:25, XU went on a 9-0 run to take a 22-15 lead at 8:46. Mark Lyons scored 4 points to lead the Musketeer spurt.
Trailing 22-15 at 8:46, Richmond went on a 15-5 run to take a 30-27 lead at 4:44. David Gonzalvez led with 6 points. The Spiders were 5-for-6 from behind the three-point arc during the run.
Up Next: Xavier concludes the road portion of its regular season schedule by traveling to New York City to face the Fordham Rams on Wednesday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. XU leads the all-time series with Fordham 19-3, including a 108-60 victory against the Rams on January 31 at Cintas Center. In that contest, Jordan Crawford scored 23 points, Jamel McLean added 16, Kenny Frease scored 14, and Brad Redford chipped in 11. Terrell Holloway dished out a career-high 10 assists. Leading by just three points midway through the first half, the Musketeers built a 13-point lead at halftime and exploded with a 22-6 run to begin the second half to put the game out of reach. Fordham was led by Brenton Butler who scored 26 and Chris Gaston who added 23.