Men's Basketball Downed By Xavier, 72-52
March 2, 2002
CINCINNATI (AP) - David West scored 22 points and Xavier wrapped up the best of its seven seasons in the Atlantic 10 with a 72-52 win over Massachusetts on Saturday.
The Musketeers (22-5, 14-2) also avenged their only conference loss in two seasons at the Cintas Center. The Minutemen beat Xavier at home last January.
Xavier, which won five of its last six, had 13 conference wins in the 1996-1997 season.
Xavier's Romain Sato had 13 points and 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Lionel Chalmers added 13 points.
Eric Williams came off the bench to lead Massachusetts (12-15, 6-10) with a season-high 15 points. Williams, who averaged 5.3 points a game entering the game, scored 10 points in a 14-minute stretch in the first half, including a basket that cut Xavier's lead to 26-25 with 6:31 left.
Xavier was scoreless for almost five minutes spanning halftime, but the poor-shooting Minutemen couldn't take advantage. Then the Musketeers went on a 12-5 run that put them ahead 50-35 with 13:24 remaining.
Massachusetts shot 50 percent (13-for-26) in the first half and fell to 21 percent, or 6-of-28, shooting after halftime.