March 2, 2013
XAVIER UNIVERSITY MUSKETEERS (16-12, 8-6 A-10) v. UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS MINUTEMEN (18-9, 8-6)
Saturday, March 2, 2013, 2 p.m. Eastern, at Cintas Center
Xavier fell to the Massachusetts Minutemen this afternoon, 77-72. The 77 points scored by Massachusetts were the most by a Musketeer opponent this season. The previous high was Virginia Commonwealth's 75 on February 23.
UMass made 13 three-point shots, the most by a Xavier opponent this season and the most in any game since Temple made 13 on January 16, 2008. The previous high this season by a Musketeer opponent was Drake's 11 on November 25. On February 23, 1995, Illinois-Chicago made 14 three-pointers, the last time an opponent has made more than 13 points.
The Minutemen made 52% of their threes (13 for 25), a team season-high and also a season-high by a Xavier opponent. Massachusetts went seven for 14 (50%) at home against Dayton on February 23. Dayton made 50% of its three-point attempts against Xavier on January 30.
With this afternoon's defeat Xavier is now 172-25 (.873) at home in its 13th season at Cintas Center, and 90-13 (.873) in Atlantic 10 conference games at home.
After losing to Virginia Commonwealth on February 23, this afternoon's loss to Massachusetts is the first time Xavier has lost two-straight Cintas Center conference games since the 2005-06 season.
With the scored tied at 2-2 at the 18:52 mark of the first half, the Musketeers ran off eight-unanswered points to pull ahead 10-2 with 16:00 left. Semaj Christon and Travis Taylor each scored four points for Xavier during the run.
Trailing 22-14 with 8:13 to go in the first half, UMass moved into a 22-22 tie at the 6:54 mark with an 8-0 run. Minutemen Trey Davis and Terrell Vinson each contributed a three-point basket during that stretch.
With Xavier ahead 35-31 with 2:12 to go in the half, the Minutemen scored nine of the next 11 points to take a 40-37 lead at the 17:30 mark of the second half. Terrell Vinson scored five points for UMass and Cady LaLanne tallied three during the run.
The score was tied at 53 with 12:44 remaining when UMass went on an 8-1 run to pull ahead 61-54 with 11:11 left. Minuteman Freddie Riley scored six points on two three-point baskets during the run.
Terrell Vinson led the Minutemen with 20 points, three short of his career high of 23 against Charlotte on February 2 of this year, and Freddie Davis added 18 on six treys. His six three-pointers tied his career high, a milestone he has reached four times in his career, most recently on January 5, 2013, against Eastern Michigan. Trey Davis scored 12 points for the Minutemen to tie his career high (at Fordham on January 13, 2013). Davis added six assists, setting a career high. His previous high for assists was four twice.
Associate Athletic Director Tom Eiser recognized official scorekeeper Tom Grogan during a first-half timeout for his service to Xavier basketball. Tom scored his first Xavier home game 50 years ago, during his undergraduate years at Xavier.