Second-Half Drought Dooms Xavier as Musketeers Fall at Creighton, 61-59
Dec. 18, 2005
OMAHA, Neb - Sophomore guard Stanley Burrell scored a team-high 13 points and grabbed six rebounds, but it was not enough to propel Xavier to a win as the Musketeers fell 61-59 to Creighton in front of a deafening crowd of 13,503 at Qwest Center OMAHATM. With the loss, the Musketeers fall to 5-2 while the Bluejays improve to 5-2 including a spotless 4-0 mark at home.
In what was billed as round four of the Creighton-Xavier battles that have developed over the past five years between the two Jesuit universities, Creighton's Anthony Tolliver played the role of hero for the Bluejays tonight. The junior scored a career-high 26 points while also grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds. Tolliver was aided by freshman guard Josh Dotzler who chipped in with a career-high 10 points.
"I thought we were at our best when we were in transition where we got some long rebounds and a couple steals led to points for us," said head coach Sean Miller. "Perhaps the most disappointing part of the game was I think this is the first time this season where we have beaten physically...They were the bigger, stronger and more aggressive team."
Creighton took the lead for good at the 4:50 mark off of a made free throw from Dotzler that was part of a 14-0 Creighton run over 7:16 while also holding the Musketeers without a made field goal for 9:14.
Justin Doellman began the second half in the same fashion as he began the game as the junior made a 3-pointer to ignite a 13-5 XU run over the first 4:01 and gave XU its largest lead of the game at 41-31. The Bluejays would chip away at the Xavier lead before Dotzler put CU up for good.
Creighton scored the first six points of the game and held a 6-0 lead at the 18:17 mark before Doellman quieted the CU faithful with a 3-pointer from the left wing to spark a 7-0 run for the Musketeers. Xavier and Creighton exchanged the lead seven times during the first stanza and the score was knotted up six times.
Freshman Johnny Wolf hit his second 3-point field goal of the first half with three seconds remaining to give the Musketeers a 28-26 lead heading into the locker rooms.
Xavier was 21-of-49 (.429) from the field for the game including 8-of-19 (.421) from beyond the arc. Creighton shot 38.3 percent (18-of-47) from the floor while converting on (3-of-16) from 3-point range. After shooting just 5-of-15 (.400) from the charity stripe in the first half, the Bluejays converted on 17-of-21 (.810) in the second half to secure the win. The Musketeers were 9-of-15 (.600) from the stripe for the game.
The Bluejays scored 21 points off of 16 XU turnovers while the Musketeers managed just nine points off 11 Creighton miscues. XU also lost the battle on the boards as the Jays corralled 35 boards compared to 30 rebounds for the Musketeers.
Xavier will be back in action on Thursday, Dec. 22, when the Musketeers return home to play host to Troy. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. from Cintas Center.