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Xavier pulls away late for 65-54 win over Minnesota

The Musketeers are the last Atlantic 10 team left. Jordan Crawford hit a late three off a great feed from Terrell Holloway as No.6 Xavier topped 11th-seeded Minnesota, 65-54. Crawford (28 points) was the only Xavier to score in double figures, but that was enough.

Crawford's big three came just when the Musketeers needed it. Ahead 60-54, Holloway sliced into the middle of the lane and found Crawford in the left corner for the three, which extended Xavier's lead to 63-54 with 38 seconds left. Xavier has made the NCAA Tournament nine times in the last 10 years.

Xavier shook off a bad shooting first half and is off to a hot second. The Musketeers Jordan Crawford (22 points) is finally getting help from his teammates. The Musketeers are shooting 11-for-19 in the second half. That's a far cry from the 9-for-42 shooting in the first. Dante Jackson has nine points for Xavier.

It was not a first half to remember for Xavier. The Musketeers were terrible on offense, shooting just 9-for-42 from the field. It doesn't get much worse than that. Part of the reason is Minnesota's defense, which has 10 blocks. Jordan Crawford (11 points) is the only Musketeer in double figures.

Minnesota isn't shooting much better (10-for-18), but the Golden Gophers have hit 5 of their 11 three-point attempts. Lawrence Westbrook has 15 points to lead Minnesota.



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