Duncan's Big Night and Raymond's Clutch Shots Lift XU Into the Elite Eight
March 27, 2008
With the win, Xavier improves to a school-best 30-6 on the year while WVU concludes its season at 26-10.
With the victory, the Musketeers advance to the Regional Final for the second time in five years and will play No. 1 UCLA on Saturday. Game time is 6:40 EDT and the contest will be televised nationally on CBS.
The Musketeers trailed by as many as six points in the early stages of a dramatic extra session as Alex Ruoff made a runner to give the Mountaineers a 71-65 lead with 3:20 to go. However, XU outscored
Joe Mazzulla converted on a driving lay-up 30-seconds later but Raymond responded by draining back-to-back 3-pointers to give XU a four-point edge with 30-seconds to go. The latter long-ball came off an inbounds play with only two-seconds left on the shot clock. Stanley Burrell threw a pass from the sideline across the floor, Raymond caught the one-hopper and buried the trey to propel XU into the Elite Eight.
Lavender scored nine points and dished-out a game-high seven assists. He was 3-for-6 from deep. Sophomore center Jason Love scored four points and corralled 10 big rebounds.
XU shot a solid 47.5 percent from the floor but scorched the nets at an 83.3 percent clip in overtime. XU was 5-of-6 from the field in the extra session and connected on all three of its attempts from deep. XU was uncharacteristically cold from the free throw line. Although
The final 9:40 was nip and tuck featuring four ties and eight lead changes with neither team able to build more than a three-point cushion. Xavier was down 62-59 after an Alex Ruoff free throw but
The XU defense got a big stop on the ensuing possession and
The Musketeers out-rebounded WVU by a 41-to-38 count and held a 26-to-21 edge on the defensive glass. Burrell scored eight points on 3-of-7 shooting but the senior dropped five dimes and chased down five rebounds.
The Musketeers stormed out of the gate, scoring the game's first eight points and extending the lead to as many as 18 points, 28-10, after
The Mountaineers made just three of their first 15 attempts from the field and turned the ball over six times in the first 11 minutes.