Lavender Leads Men's Hoops to 103-77 Demolition of Kansas State
Dec. 31, 2007
CINCINNATI - The Musketeers scored the game's first 14 points and senior Bob Cousy Award nominee Drew Lavender scored a team-high 21 as the Xavier University men's basketball team defeated Kansas State by a 103-77 score on Monday evening at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. With the win, XU concludes 2007 with a 10-3 mark while the Wildcats slip to 9-4.
Xavier scored 100 or more points for the first time since December 8, 2001 when the Musketeers hung 108 on Long Island at Cintas Center.
XU spread out the scoring considerably as Lavender led seven Musketeers in double-figures, marking the first time on record Xavier has had seven players score in double-digits.
Lavender's 21 came on a scorching 8-of-12 from the floor, including a 2-for-3 effort from beyond the 3-point arc. Lavender also dished-out four assists and committed only one turnover in 29 minutes of action.
Sophomore forward Derrick Brown recorded his fourth-career double-double with a 14-point, 12-rebound effort. He was 6-for-8 from the floor and made both his free throws.
U.S. Bank Arena was the site of the 2006 Atlantic 10 Championship, which saw XU take home the championship hardware with four wins in four days. XU also downed Illinois and Kansas State in U.S. Bank Arena during the 2006-07 season.
Burrell scored 12 points and dropped a career-high eight dimes vs. the Wildcats. His eight assists came against only one turnover. Duncan broke out of a mini-slump to score 13 points in 11 foul-plagued minutes. Duncan was 4-for-7 from the floor and 3-of-5 from deep.
Junior forward C.J. Anderson scored 14 points, grabbed four rebounds and recorded a pair of thefts. Sophomore center Jason Love recorded a career scoring high for the third consecutive game as he scored 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting and corralled seven rebounds.
Junior B.J. Raymond was the seventh, yes, seventh Musketeer in double-figures with 11 points, which included a perfect 6-for-6 evening at the free throw line.
XU's 14-0 spurt to open the contest was capped by a Duncan 3-pointer at the 16:10 mark and saw four different Musketeers hit a field goal.
Xavier held Kansas State scoreless for the first 15:41 of the contest and the Wildcats had only seven points on their side of the scoreboard with 6:21 remaining in the first half.
Xavier would extend its lead to as many as 23 points after B.J. Raymond converted on a driving lay-up at the 6:50 mark. However, KSU would whittle the XU advantage down to 14 points, 37-23, after Jacob Pullen made a couple of free throws at the 1:50 mark.
Lavender answered though and effectively put the game away by scoring seven-consecutive Xavier points, including a floater as the first half expired, to give XU a commanding 44-25 lead at the break.
XU shot a blistering 53.3 percent (32-of-60) from the field and scorched the nets at a 52.9 percent clip (9-of-17) from deep. XU also took care of business from the charity stripe, hitting 30 of its 39 free throws.
The Musketeers out-rebounded a rugged KSU frontline by a 38-to-34 margin and out-scored the Wildcats 42-to-26 in the paint.
Freshman star Michael Beasley was held to only five points, marking the first time all season he has failed to score in double-figures. Bill Walker led the way for KSU with 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting.
The Musketeers return to action Thursday, January 4 when the team welcomes Virginia to Cintas Center. Game time is set for 8 p.m. and the contest will be televised nationally on CSTV.