Saint Louis vs Xavier

Top-seeded Xavier handles Saint Louis, reaches A-10 semis wire reports

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Some typically stingy defense -- and one unlikely shot -- helped No. 19 Xavier reach the Atlantic 10 championship semifinals Thursday.

B.J. Raymond had 18 points to lead the top-seeded Musketeers to a 66-47 victory over Saint Louis.

Raymond made a 30-footer at the first-half buzzer to help swing the momentum, capping a 7-0 run that sent Xavier into the locker room with a 35-25 lead.

"I knew there were two seconds on the clock and I didn't have to rush," Raymond said. "I just wanted to make sure I got a good look."

C.J. Anderson added 15 points and Jason Love had 10 for Xavier (25-6, 13-4), which reached the A-10 semifinals for the eighth straight year.

Kevin Lisch had 13 points to lead the ninth-seeded Billikens (18-14, 8-9), and Willie Reed added 10.

Saint Louis had its fourth-lowest scoring output of the season.

"The identity of our team is tough-minded defense and when we can get stops and hold teams to the point total we held Saint Louis, we have proven we're capable of beating anybody," Xavier coach Sean Miller said. "When we're away from that identity, we can win some and lose some. Today, we played the way we need to play and the way we have for a good portion of the season."

The Musketeers carried the positive feeling out of the locker room, scoring seven more in a row to start the second half up 42-25.

Saint Louis never got closer than 14 the rest of the way.

"Xavier is an outstanding team. They're really good," Billikens coach Rick Majerus said. "They're deep, athletic, strong, veteran ... they just flat-out beat us and I think they'll do well and go deep in the NCAA tournament."

First, though, Xavier would like to take care of business in the Atlantic 10 tournament. The Musketeers, like this year, were the tournament's top seed in the previous two seasons. But they didn't reach the championship game either time.

Miller believes four regular-season losses in the last month will help the Musketeers toward their first A-10 tournament title since 2004.

"That helps our attitude as we approach tournament play," he said of losses to Duquesne, Dayton, Charlotte and Richmond. "When we're not at our best, anyone can beat us."

"The past couple of years we were doing so good coming in that we took it for granted," Anderson said. "This year we feel different and we want to make sure we give our best effort. It would mean a lot to us as seniors to cut down the nets in the regular season and postseason."

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B.J. Raymond scores a game-high 18 points for Xavier, which advances to the semifinals. (AP)
B.J. Raymond scores a game-high 18 points for Xavier, which advances to the semifinals. (AP)
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STLOU:Kevin Lisch 13 Pts
STLOU:Barry Eberhardt 4 Reb
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XAVIER:B. Raymond 18 Pts
XAVIER:K. Frease 7 Reb
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XavierSaint Louis
C. Anderson
K. Lisch
Saint Louis Billikens
K. Lisch, G346-110-033113
T. Liddell, G322-50-02416
K. Mitchell, G303-110-01027
B. Eberhardt, F261-21-24233
W. Reed, F254-72-520410
B. Thompson, C172-50-02025
K. Cassity, G160-00-01000
B. Conklin, F130-00-23020
P. Eckerle, G71-10-00003
R. Cotto, GDid Not Play
J. Parker, GDid Not Play
F. John, GDid Not Play
D. Lisch, GDid Not Play
A. Craig, FDid Not Play
Totals 19-423-91891447
Xavier Musketeers
B. Raymond, G-F306-93-441018
D. Jackson, G270-20-02310
C. Anderson, G-F266-83-445215
D. Brown, F254-110-15219
J. Love, F-C232-66-1041110
T. Holloway, G203-50-03117
J. McLean, F170-20-03220
K. Frease, C172-41-37025
B. Redford, G130-10-00010
S. Duckett, G10-00-00000
J. Hughes, F11-10-00002
B. Walsh, G-FDid Not Play
A. Taylor, FDid Not Play
Totals 24-4913-2232151266
Atlantic 10
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Rhode Island13-525-1031
St. Bona.11-720-1291
Geo. Wash.10-820-15102
George Mason9-920-14103
La Salle9-915-15137
Saint Louis6-1212-21238
Saint Josephs4-1411-20201

Big East
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Seton Hall10-821-1244
St. Johns7-1114-19140
Other games
PROV 55 Final
Louisville 73
Baylor 71 Final
Kansas 64
GT 86 Final
MU 75 Final
Arizona 56 Final
Ariz St 68
AF 69 Final
BYU 80
Stanford 73 Final
Wash 85
Tulane 41 Final
Memphis 51
Okla St 71 Final
Oklahoma 70
W Virg 74 Final
Syracuse 127 Final
UConn 117
TXTCH 60 Final
Missouri 81
Wash St 53 Final