Travis Taylor notched a game-high 16 points versus St. Joseph's on Thursday night.
March 14, 2013
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - It took a pair of free throws from Saint Joseph's with 1.4 seconds left to decide Xavier's fate in a 58-57 defeat in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship. Travis Taylor registered game- highs in both points (16) and rebounds (9) for the Musketeers.
Xavier (17-14) trailed by four points when Isaiah Philmore finished a reverse layup and was fouled by St. Joe's (18-12). Philmore completed the old-fashioned three-point play to cut the deficit to one, 54-53, with 2:31 remaining. On the Hawks ensuing possession, Justin Martin picked the pocket of Halil Kanacevic and was fouled on the play. Martin knocked in both free throws to give X the lead.
Following a pair of free throws from SJU, Semaj Christon was fouled and sent to the charity stripe. Christon knocked down both shots to regain the lead for XU, 57-56. The Musketeers forced a turnover and regained possession of the ball, but were unable to get a shot off before the shot clock expired and turned the ball back over to St. Joe's.
SJU's Langston Galloway drove the lane and was fouled with 1.4 seconds remaining. Galloway made both free throws to give the Hawks a one-point victory.
Brad Redford tallied 14 points on the strength of 4-for-7 shooting from beyond the arc. Christon was the third Musketeer in double figures, tallying 10 points with four assists and three steals.
Xavier shot 19-of-45 (42.2 percent) from the floor and knocked down 5-of-11 (45.5 percent) from three-point territory. St. Joe's finished the game making 18-of-44 (40.9 percent) field-goal attempts and 6-of-18 (33.3 percent) of its threes.
A pair of free throws proved to be the difference in the game. SJU made 16-of-19 (84.2 percent) at the stripe compared to XU's 14-of-18 (77.8 percent).
Taylor scored nine points and Redford chipped in eight during the first half, but Xavier found itself trailing, 28-25.The Musketeers connected on 43.5 percent (10-of-23) of their shots and made 40 percent (2-of-5) from long-range. The Hawks shot just 37.5 percent (9-of-24), including 22.2 percent (2-of-9) from three. Saint Joe's made up the difference in an 8-3 advantage in made free throws.
Galloway paced St. Joe's with 14 points, while both Kanacevic and Carl Jones chipped in 11. Ronald Roberts led SJU's rebound efforts, grabbing eight caroms.
Xavier will return to Cincinnati and await its potential postseason plans.