Men's Basketball Team Falls To Tennessee On Friday At The Battle 4 Atlantis
Nov. 29, 2013
PARADISE ISLAND, THE BAHAMAS --- Xavier, 5-2, dropped its second game in 20 hours at the Battle 4 Atlantis on Friday afternoon. Tennessee, 4-2, a team that Xavier had defeated earlier this month in Cincinnati, gained a measure of revenge with a 64-49 win over the Musketeers.
It's possible that the Musketeers might have been feeling the lingering effect of their frustrating first-round game against Iowa, in which they never trailed during regulation but lost in overtime. Whatever the reason, Tennessee took control of a close game midway through the first half and built a 39-26 halftime lead, thanks in part to 51.6 percent shooting from the field.
The Vols picked up where they left off to begin the second half, putting together an 8-0 run that expanded their lead to 47-26 with 16 minutes left. Xavier got no closer than 15 points the rest of the game.
"We came off a hard-fought game, and our guys just weren't who we needed to be against Tennessee," said Xavier head coach Chris Mack. "The only time we're going to be effective is if we get stops and rebound the ball, and we couldn't do that."
"We didn't get the job done. We're human. We knew that we fought tooth and nail (Thursday), and we came up short... You have to be able to execute and we didn't do that today."
Tennessee's starting frontcourt of Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon combined for 34 points and 16 rebounds. Xavier junior tri-captain and center Matt Stainbrook took responsibility for the Musketeers' inability to contain the Vols near the basket.
"I'm grossly disgusted in how I played," said Stainbrook, the only Musketeer double-figure scorer with 10 points. "I take full responsibility about not being ready. If I can't lead by example, I can't expect other guys to follow along. Knowing our team, we're going to bounce back tomorrow. I can tell you that we're going to be extremely fired up."
Xavier sophomore All-America candidate Semaj Christon scored a season-low four points, snapping a streak of 25 straight games scoring in double figures that dated back to last season.
Xavier plays USC on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. in its final game of the Battle 4 Atlantis. The game will be broadcast on AXS.TV and 700 WLW.