Lavender's Double-Double Leads Men's Basketball Past Creighton, 79-66

B.J. Raymond has scored in double-figures in each game this season.

B.J. Raymond has scored in double-figures in each game this season.

Dec. 5, 2007

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CINCINNATI - All-America candidate Drew Lavender registered his first career double-double with 28 points and career-best 10 assists and junior guard B.J. Raymond enjoyed another hot shooting night to lead the No. 20 Xavier University men's basketball team past Creighton, 79-66, on Wednesday evening at a sold-out Cintas Center in Cincinnati.  With the win, Xavier improves to 7-1 on the season while Creighton falls to 5-1. 


Lavender was sensational against the Bluejays, connecting on 9-of-13 from the field, including 4-of-6 from long-range.  His 10 assists marked the most by a Musketeer since the 2002-03 season and those 10 assists came against only three turnovers. 


Raymond was again virtually automatic from the floor, hitting on 6-of-9 from the field and 4-of-6 from beyond the 3-point arc for 15 points.  He has now scored in double-figures in each game this season.


Sophomore forward Derrick Brown added 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting and he also snared a team-high eight rebounds.  Junior C.J. Anderson was the fourth Musketeer in double-figures with 11 points.     


The early minutes of the first half were a back-and-forth battle, featuring four ties and a pair of lead changes in the game's first 11 minutes.  The last of those ties came when Creighton's Casey Harriman connected on a 3-pointer with nine-minutes to go, knotting the score up at 25. 


The Musketeers then woke up and blitzed the Bluejays to the tune of a 22-4 run over the next 8:30 to seize a commanding 47-29 lead with only 30-seconds to go in the half. 


The run was keyed by seven points from Raymond and nine points from Lavender.  Lavender finished an impressive first half with 17 points and seven assists. 


XU scored 47 first-half points vs. Creighton, marking the sixth time this season in which the Musketeers have posted at least 45 points in a half.

Xavier stretched the lead out to as many as 19, 61-42, after Lavender hit a floater at the 13-minute mark. 


However, the Musketeers would go cold and Creighton was able to peck away at the XU lead and whittled the deficit down to nine points, 65-56, after P'Allen Stinnett converted on a fast-break lay-up at the 5:10 mark. 


XU would answer the bell though and scored six-straight points to stretch the lead back to 15 points, 71-56, at the 3:50 mark.     


Xavier was on fire in the first half, hitting on 58.6 percent of its field goal attempts and going 6-of-7 from long-range.  XU cooled off a bit in the second half but still finished the game shooting 50 percent from the field and 58.3 percent on 3-pointers. 


The Musketeers took care of business from the charity stripe, connecting on 18-of-20 from the free throw line.  Xavier also out-rebounded the Jays by a 32-to-29 margin. 


The Musketeers are back in action on Wednesday, December 12 when the team takes on Cincinnati in the annual Crosstown Shootout.  Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Cintas Center and the contest will be televised nationally on ESPN2.