X-Men win A-10 battle on Dayton’s home floor
=== X-Men win A-10 battle on Dayton’s home floor ===
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – Romain Sato scored 14 points and grabbed
nine rebounds to lead Xavier to a 58-49 victory over Dayton in the Atlantic 10
Tournament championship game. Anthony Myles added 13 points for the
Musketeers, who head to the NCAA Tournament with victories in 13 of the their
last 14 games.
“I credit our guys for never giving up,” said Musketeers coach Thad Matta.
“Tonight’s game was a great college basketball game. Obviously, I’m happy for
Dedrick Finn contributed 11 points for the Musketeers (23-10), who won their
third Atlantic 10 Tournament title and their second in the last three years.
Ramod Marshall scored a game-high 17 points for the Flyers (24-8), who failed
to defend their 2003 title.
With the game tied at 47-47, Finn hit a pull-up jumper and Lionel Chalmers
followed with a pair of free throws after a Dayton turnover to give the
Musketeers a 51-47 edge with 3:12 remaining.
Myles scored from under the basket off a feed from Justin Doellman to increase
the Xavier lead to 53-47 with 1:24 to go. The Musketeers went 5-of-6 from the
free throw line in the final minute to seal the win.
The game was tied at halftime and knotted at 29-29 early in the second half
before the Flyers scored seven straight points. Marshall hit a jumper to give
Dayton the lead and then buried a three-pointer for a 34-29 advantage.
Keith Waleskowski capped the run with a jumper just over three minutes into
the second half to give the Flyers a 36-29 lead.
Xavier tied the game at 47-47 on a pair of free throws by Chalmers with 5:10
The first half was extremely even as each team made 12 field goals, including
three apiece from three-point range, and neither club made a free throw.
Waleskowski put back a missed three-point attempt by Marshall with eight
seconds left in the opening half to give Dayton a two-point lead, but Finn
raced upcourt and hit a fall-away baseline jumper just before the half
ended to tie the game at 27-27.