Lavender, Musketeers advance over Cougars
Lexington, KY (Sports Network) – Drew Lavender scored 15 of his 17 points in
the second half, and Josh Duncan’s layup in the lane gave Xavier the lead for
good in the final minute, as the Musketeers topped Brigham Young, 79-77, in
the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The victory put the ninth-seeded Musketeers into a second-round matchup in the
South Region Saturday against No. 1 Ohio State and former Xavier head coach
Thad Matta. The Buckeyes pounded Central Connecticut State, 78-57, in the
opener of the night session at Rupp Arena.
Justin Doellman had 23 points for Xavier (25-8), while B.J. Raymond scored
nine. Derrick Brown had 16 rebounds for the Musketeers.
Keena Young led the way for BYU (25-9) with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Mike
Rose tallied 15 points.
Lavender’s jumper boosted Xavier to a 75-73 lead with just over a minute left,
but Lee Cummard’s tip-in tied the game with 57.2 seconds left.
Duncan then held the ball in the left corner before dribbling into the lane to
give the Musketeers the lead with 34.2 seconds remaining. Austin Ainge missed
a jumper at the other end and Trent Plaisted failed on a follow-up shot.
Lavender hit two free throws with 11.2 seconds left to seal the win, and Young
hit a meaningless layup at the buzzer.
Justin Cage had nine points for the Musketeers.
Jimmy Balderson had 10 points for the Cougars, who led 12-4 early before the
Musketeers rallied. Xavier had the next seven points, but trailed 38-32 at the
half. The Cougars used a 10-2 spurt to end the opening 20 minutes.
A three by Balderson extended BYU’s lead to 49-40. A 13-3 run by the
Musketeers later in the half boosted them to a 57-55 edge. Brown’s two free
throws ended the spurt. Xavier led by as many as five until the dramatic
BYU’s streak of consecutive NCAA Tournament losses was extended to six,
including five straight first round exits. The last win came in 1993…BYU
fell to 11-25 all time in the NCAA Tournament.