Xavier Unable To Upend Hot-Shooting Baylor Squad
Nov. 29, 2009
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Despite a solid performance from junior forward Jamel McLean that included 17 points and five rebounds, the Xavier Musketeers fell to Baylor 69-64 in the fifth place game at the Old Spice Classic at Walt Disney World Sunday. With the loss, Xavier falls to 4-2 on the season while Baylor improves to 6-1.
McLean’s 17 points capped a 7-of-11 shooting day for the big man from Hampton, Va. Sophomore guard Jordan Crawford was second in scoring and rebounding for the Musketeers with 16 points and six rebounds. Senior Jason Love led the Musketeers in rebounding with seven.
Baylor came out of the gate strong in the first half, going on an 11-2 run in the first three minutes of play. Six of the first 11 Baylor points came from senior guard Tweety Carter threes. Carter finished the game with 27 points on 8-of-16 from the field and 6-of-10 from behind the arch.
XU took its first lead of the game at the 5:40 mark in the first half on a 3-pointer by freshman Mark Lyons. Lyons hit 3-of-7 from the field for his eight points on the day. Baylor regained the lead at the 4:10 mark on a Carter jumper and carried its 26-25 lead into halftime.
Xavier took a 28-27 lead at the 19:18 mark in the second period on a 3-ball by junior Dante’ Jackson. However, the Bears were able to take the lead for good at the 16:04 mark on a jumper by Carter.
The Musketeers kept the game tight and a Brad Redford three cut the Baylor lead to 65-61 with just 13 seconds left.
The Bears were able to capitalize on a strong free throw shooting performance down the stretch to seal the 69-64 win. BU shot 66.7 percent from the charity stripe while the Musketeers hit 52.4 percent of their free throws.
XU will return to action Friday, December 4, as the Musketeers play host to Kent State. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Ohio.