Duncan's Career-High Leads Xavier Past American, 86-68
Nov. 25, 2006
CINCINNATI - Josh Duncan's career-high 23 points led four in double-figures as the Xavier University men's basketball team pulled away from American University, 86-68, at Cintas Center on Saturday afternoon. Duncan drained four three-pointers and grabbed eight rebounds helping the Musketeers improve to 4-1 on the season.
Duncan was seven-of-13 from the field and four-of-seven from three-point range in his career-best performance to date. Justin Doellman posted a season-high 17 points, grabbed seven boards and had four assists. Justin Cage knocked down 11 of 14 free throws on his way to 16 points, while Stanley Burrell scored 10. The nine points from Adrion Graves was also a career best.
With Xavier clinging to a 63-56 advantage and 8:55 remaining in the game, the Musketeers embarked on an 18-4 run over the next four minutes to break the game wide open. Duncan had five points in that stretch, including an old-fashioned three-point play which electrified the holiday crowd of 9,107.
American (3-2) got 15 points (10 in the second half) from Paulius Joneliunas while Arvyda Eitutavicius scored 11.
The Musketeers struggled early against the visiting Eagles, who opened as much as a six-point lead midway through the first half. A steal by Garrison Carr led to a layup in transition by Arvyda Eitutavicius. Carr then drained a three on the ensuing possession, putting AU up 19-13 with 9:15 left in the half.
Chipping away at the deficit, Xavier got a spark off the bench from both Johnny Wolf and Graves. Wolf got a steal and layup, pulling the Musketeers within one at 19-18. After Xavier took its first lead (29-28) at the 2:55 mark, Graves scored five straight before halftime and the Musketeers took a 35-33 advantage into the break.