DAYTON, OH - MARCH 18: Lennard Freeman #10 and Beejay Anya #21 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack block a shot by Isaiah Philmore #31 of the Xavier Musketeers in the second half during the first round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at at University of Dayton Arena on March 18, 2014 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Let’s be honest, other than Stainbrook, that was a pretty miserable effort #Xavier— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) March 19, 2014
*XU never led over the final 37 minutes of the game, turned it over 13 times, missed 11 of 13 three point attempts, had 9 shots blocked and played matador defense in the 2nd half. Other than that.....
*How does the last at-large team into the field beat Xavier by 15?
*So much for playing 45-miles away from campus.
*Matt Stainbrook was outstanding. His 19 points were the most he'd scored since 21 vs Wake Forest in December.
*Disappointing that as the deficit widened in the 2nd half, XU's effort seemed to wane. XU didn't get back in transition and stood around in the half court. NC State shot 61% in 2nd half.
*Christon was held to 14 points and had 7 turnovers.
*XU players not named Christon/Stainbrook shot 8 for 29.
*XU had 1 assist on 13 1st half FG, 7 on 23 for the game...after getting assists on 58% of FG for season, and averaging 14.8 in Big East play.
*TJ Warren: NBA skills, NBA body, NBA moves, NBA bound....wow.
*Warren scored 19 of his 25 in the second half. Huge swing at end of first half when the block/charge was called a block on XU. Would have been Warren's 3rd foul. UC held Warren to 5 of 15 FG, 13 points earlier this year.
*Not sure what to make of Myles Davis. If he can't defend, and isn't going to make three pointers....
*XU finishes 21-14
*Next up: 4th ranked recruiting class in the country coming in. Christon: NBA?
Just didn't have it tonight. Costly turnovers and poor shooting caught up to us. Congrats to the seniors for all they have done for the X!!— Brad Redford (@B_RadXU12) March 19, 2014