Thursday, March 04, 1999


XU figured it would get UMass

        PHILADELPHIA — As expected, Xavier gets a rematch today with Massachusetts, which defeated Duquesne 80-70 in the opening round of the Atlantic 10 tournament Wednesday at the First Union Spectrum.

        The Minutemen, who beat XU 78-77 in double-overtime on Feb. 20, trailed the Dukes by two points at halftime and 41-40 with 12:23 left. But they pulled away after that.

        Xavier had been preparing for UMass.

        “You want to play everybody that beat you again,” senior James Posey said. “Personally, I'll take anybody.”

        XU coach Skip Prosser said right now every team is “just fighting to survive,” and he doesn't know how much revenge will be a factor today.

        What's more important is that the Musketeers run their offense better — they had just six assists in 50 minutes at UMass — and keep the Minutemen from second shots.

        In the first meeting, UMass coach Bruiser Flint thought his team did a good job of getting the ball inside to 6-foot-10 center Lari Ketner and handling Xavier's full-court pressure.

        “We've just got to come out and play hard,” Flint said. “The guys understand what they're coming up against.”

        DUQUESNE (5-23) — W. Smith 7-18 2-4 19, Rackley-Mann 0-0 0-2 0, Davis 2-8 0-0 4, Wallace 11-23 3-6 26, Tann 2-9 0-0 5, Stephenson 2-4 0-0 4, Radkowski 0-0 0-0 0, Barker 0-0 0-0 0, Richards 0-1 0-0 0, Kegerreis 0-0 0-0 0, Stanfield 0-2 0-0 0, Lovelace 3-8 6-8 12. Totals 27-73 11-20 70.

        MASSACHUSETTS (14-15) — Kirkland 1-4 10-12 12, Babul 2-2 3-8 7, Ketner 7-10 4-6 18, Clarke 2-5 0-0 5, Mack 10-16 1-3 27, DePina 0-1 0-0 0, Cruz 0-2 5-6 5, W. Smith 2-3 1-2 6, Rhymer 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-44 24-37 80.

        Halftime—Duquesne 30, Massachusetts 28. 3-Point goals—Duquesne 5-18 (Smith 3-8, Wallace 1-4, Tann 1-4, Davis 0-1, Richard 0-1) Massachusetts 8-15 (Mack 6-8, Smith 1-2, Clarke 1-4, Cruz 0-1). Fouled out—Wallace, Stephenson. Rebounds—Duquesne 37 (Wayne 9), Massachusetts 41 (Ketner 11). Assists—Duquesne 6 (Wallace 2), Massachusetts 16 (Kirkland 4). Total fouls—Duquesne 27, Massachusetts 19. Technical—na. A—5,527.

Dayton 70, St. Bonaventure 69
        Mark Ashman hit a short pull-up jumper with 1:01 left in overtime to provide the winning margin.

        Off an inbounds pass, Ashman drove to within six feet of the basket, then drew two Bonnie defenders before calmly sinking the shot to send Dayton (11-16) to today's matchup against George Washington.

        St. Bonaventure (14-15) lost a chance to send the game into another overtime after David Messiah Capers missed a short jumper and Isaac King failed to convert an offensive rebound as time expired.

        Tony Stanley led the Flyers with 16 points, while Capers had a game-high 18 for the Bonnies.

        Winn, the Bonnies' leading scorer, was held to four points on 2-of-9 shooting.

        Dayton had a chance to hold for the last shot in regulation, but Edwin Young threw an errant cross-court pass to Cain Doliboa that caused Doliboa to step out of bounds.

        Behind 62-60 with 1:34 left, the Flyers came back to take a two-point lead behind a turnaround baseline jumper by Ashman and two Young free throws.

        Dayton won despite getting outrebounded by St. Bonaventure 49-32. Caswell Cyrus grabbed 10 for the Bonnies while scoring four of his 12 points in overtime.

Virginia Tech 74, Fordham 63
        Rolan Roberts scored 19 points and Virginia Tech held Fordham to 34 percent shooting as the Hokies advanced to the quarterfinals.

        Brendan Dunlop added 15 points, including two key baskets in the second half that helped turn away Fordham rallies, as the Hokies (13-14) advanced to play East-division top seed Temple today.

        Bevon Robin had 21 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for Fordham (12-15) but the Rams could not recover from a first half in which they shot 28 percent from the field.

La Salle 81, St. Joseph's 54
        Donnie Carr scored 21 points and Victor Thomas added 16 and 12 rebounds as La Salle defeated cold-shooting St. Joseph's.

        The Explorers built a 22-point halftime lead on 59-percent shooting in the first half, while limiting St. Joe's (12-18) to 23-of-76 shooting (30 percent) for the game.


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