Xavier Men Fall In Overtime To Richmond 89-85 In A-10 Tournament.
March 13, 2010
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- It was the battle of the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds as No. 24 Xavier faced off against Richmond in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament Saturday afternoon at Boardwalk Hall. In the end it was the No. 3 seed Spiders that defeated the No. 2 seed Musketeers 89-85 in overtime. Richmond moves on to face Temple in the finals of the A-10 tournament, Sunday at 1 p.m. This was the second time this season that XU and UR needed extra time to decide the game.
With the loss, the Musketeers fell to 24-8 on the season while Richmond improved to 26-7 overall.
Kevin Anderson led the Spiders and all scorers with 27 points. He was followed by David Gonzalvez with 26.
Richmond struck first in overtime with a 3-pointer from David Gonzalvez that gave the Spiders a 76-73 lead. Richmond built up an 85-82 lead when Terrell Holloway hit a trey to bring the Musketeers within two, 85-83.
Xavier was forced to foul as time wound down, and the Spiders took advantage at the free-throw line to seal the win.
It came down to the wire in the second half as Xavier had built up a 71-66 lead heading into the final two minutes but a Gonzalvez 3-pointer cut the XU lead to 71-69 with 1:13 left in the game.
Jordan Crawford answered with a bucket with 56 seconds left to give the Musketeers a four point lead. Atlantic 10 Player of the Year put in a shot with 45 seconds left to cut the Musketeer lead to 73-71.
Holloway missed a layup with 17 seconds left but Danté Jackson got the ball back with a steal with 15 seconds left to play. Jackson missed the front end of the bonus free throw and Anderson was able to tie the game at 73-73 with 3.1 seconds left on a layup.
Holloway took a long shot at the buzzer but it caromed off the backboard sending the game into overtime.
The Musketeers came out strong in the second half score five straight points off Spider turnovers. Crawford found Danté Jackson on the wing for a 3-ball after the sophomore had stolen an errant Spider pass. McLean followed with a steal and a jam at the 17:00 mark to give the Musketeers a 45-36 lead.
Sophomore Brad Redford's 3-pointer with 12:55 left in the game gave the Musketeers a 54-47 lead. However the Spiders were able to pull within three, 54-51, when Kevin Anderson hit a pull-up jumper a minute later.
Richmond took its first lead of the second half, 56-55, on five straight points from Francis Martel. Holloway answered back at the 8:26 mark with a trey that gave the Musketeers a 58-56 lead.
The Spiders took a 64-62 lead at the 5:28 mark only to lose it a few seconds later to a 3-pointer by Mark Lyons. Crawford followed with a steal and a jam to give the musketeers a 67-64 lead.
Xavier held a 37-33 lead at halftime thanks to a balanced offensive attack. Lyons led the Musketeers in scoring in the first frame with eight and was followed by Crawford, Holloway, and Jamel McLean with six points each.
Both teams traded baskets in the early going but Xavier was able to earn a little breathing room when Mark Lyons hit a finger roll at the 12:30 mark in the first half and Danté Jackson followed with a 3-pointer 25 seconds later to give the Musketeers a 15-9 lead heading into the under-12 minute media timeout.
Richmond took the lead with 6:22 left in the first frame when David Gonzalvez hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Xavier tied the score at 21-21 at the 6:05 mark on a Crawford tip-in but Richmond was able to take and hold a three point lead until Jackson found Kenny Frease cutting to the basket for a layup at the 3:47 mark to give XU the 29-28 lead.
Xavier pulled away by six, 37-31, when Mark Lyons earned a steal and a layup at the 1:36 mark that forced a UR timeout.
The Musketeers will wait to see when and where they will play in the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Tournament field will be announced Sunday evening.