Jason Love had his second consecutive double-double on Saturday.
Nov. 21, 2009
CINCINNATI - For the second consecutive game, Jordan Crawford established a new career high as the sophomore guard scored 26 points to lead the Xavier University men's basketball team past Sacred Heart by a 105-65 score on Saturday evening at Cintas Center. With the win, the Musketeers improve to 3-0 on the season while the Pioneers improve to 2-2.
The Musketeers, who scored 101 points in Tuesday's victory over Bowling Green, have put together back-to-back 100-point games for the first time since the 2007-08 season. Xavier scored 103 on December 31, 2007 against Kansas State and 108 on January 3, 2008 against Virginia.
Crawford's 26 came on an unconscious 11-of-15 shooting performance, including a 4-of-5 effort from beyond the 3-point arc.
Senior center Jason Love added his second straight double-double with a 14-point, 15-rebound effort. He was 5-of-8 from the floor and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Love's 15 rebounds marked the first time a Musketeer has hauled in 15 or more boards since former Musketeer Derrick Brown turned the trick against BYU in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
Freshman guard Mark Lyons tied a career high with 12 points and established a new career best with four assists. Lyons was a solid 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Sophomore center Kenny Frease scored 14 points on 6-fo-9 shooting.
Junior forward Jamel McLean scored eight points on 3-of-4 shooting and snared a career-high 13 rebounds.
SHU trailed by three points, 9-6, in the early goings of the first half but the Musketeers stepped squarely on the Pioneers' throat with a 25-6 run over an 8:15 stretch and jumped out to a commanding 36-12 lead with 6:45 remaining in the first half.
Crawford, who scored 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting in the first half, keyed the run with 12 points over the decisive stretch. In fact, Sacred Heart converted on only two more field goals (9) than Crawford (7) in the first stanza.
The Musketeers would never let up in this one and extended their lead to as many as 48 points en route to the 105-65 win.
XU shot a scintillating 56.7 from the field against Sacred Heart and held the Pioneers to just 34.4 percent from the floor.
XU clearly dominated in all facets, out-scoring SHU 46-to-20 in the paint and out-rebounding the Pioneers 51-to-28. The Musketeers forced Sacred Heart into 14 turnovers and out-scored SHU 20-to-9 in points off turnovers. Xavier was off to the races on Saturday, winning the fast break points battle 27-to-6.
Xavier is back in action on Thanksgiving Day when the team takes on Marquette in the first round of the Old Spice Classic. Game time is set for 2 p.m. in Orlando, Fla. and the contest will be televised nationally on ESPN2.