Xavier Advances to Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals with 74-65 Win over Dayton
March 13, 2008
Sophomore Derrick Brown finished one rebound shy of a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds to go along with three steals in 35 minutes of play.
The run continued, as Lavender drained another long three-pointer, followed by a steal and an emphatic Brown dunk, inflating the lead to 25-17. From 10:35 to 3:57, Xavier went on a 17-3 run.
The Flyers were outscored 35-29 by XU, led by nine points from Lavender coming from three long three-pointers. Brown led the rebounding effort with four by the half way mark to go along with five points.
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The Musketeers earned the top seed by going 14-2 in the Atlantic 10 regular season, winning their second straight A-10 regular season title and its sixth in 13 years as an A-10 member.
Xavier head coach and Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year Sean Miller is now 90-37 (.709), surpassing Ned Wulk, who had 89 wins in six seasons (89-70 from 1951-57), for sole possession of sixth place in Xavier basketball history. Jim McCafferty is in the fifth spot with 91 wins in six seasons (91-71 from 1957-63).
Xavier, 27-5, has set a new second-highest total for wins for an entire season (27). The previous mark of 26 was set by the 2003-4, 2002-03, 2001-02 and 1987-88 teams. The record for most wins in an entire season belongs to the 1989-90 "Sweet 16" team (28-5).
The win marks the seventh straight year the Musketeers have advanced to the semifinals. XU is now 21-8 in the tournament.
Xavier will play the winner of fourth-seeded