Xavier 72, Iowa State 59

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Justin Doellman scored 21 points and Brian
Thornton led a 17-5 run that opened the second half and sent Xavier
to a 72-59 victory Monday over Iowa State.

Xavier (6-4) didn't trail after the opening minutes, winning its
fourth in a row. The young Musketeers showed signs of maturing
while winning three games in the last seven days.

For Iowa State (8-3), it was a familiar script -- hit the road
and lose. The Cyclones are 0-3 on the road this season, also losing
to Iowa and Northern Iowa.

Iowa State had won its last four games with highly accurate
shooting, making 52 percent from the field over that span. Against
Xavier's pesky defense, the Cyclones never found their touch,
hitting only 32.8 percent.

Thornton and Justin Cage added 17 points apiece for Xavier,
which also had a 44-31 edge in rebounds. Curtis Stinson led Iowa
State with 18 points.

The game started strangely. Iowa State didn't turn in its
starting lineup on time, drawing a technical foul. While the
players milled on the sideline, Dedrick Finn made one of his two
free throws, putting Xavier up a point before the opening tip.

The oversight seemed to set the mood. In the opening 4 minutes
and 20 seconds, Xavier went 0-for-3 from the field with four
turnovers while Iowa State was 1-for-5 with three turnovers.

Doellman got things rolling by hitting a pair of pullup jumpers
and a 3-pointer, starting an 11-2 run and put Xavier ahead to stay
20-10. Doellman, a starter on Xavier's Elite Eight team last
season, had struggled before scoring a career-high 22 points
against Marshall last Thursday.

Cyclones reserve forward Robert Faulkner got sick and wasn't
expected to play, but came off the bench and made a pair of baskets
that blunted the run. Anthony Davis, who had a shoulder injury
early in the season and didn't make a 3-pointer until the last
game, hit a pair of them that cut the lead to 24-23.

Cage had a pair of putbacks that left Xavier up 33-29 at

Xavier extended its defense the length of the court to open the
second half, and Iowa State missed nine of its first 10 shots.
Xavier took advantage of the opening, going on an 17-5 run that
pushed the lead to 50-34. Thornton had six points and Will Caudle
hit a pair of banks shots as Xavier got the ball inside.

Stinson, the Cyclones' leading scorer, picked up his third foul
during Xavier's spurt. He returned from a brief benching and scored
three close-up baskets that helped trim the lead to 54-45.

Doellman made a 3-pointer and a fastbreak layup that rebuilt the
lead to 15. Iowa State made one more run, trimming it to 64-57 on
Davis' 3 with 2:23 left. But Cage drove for a layup out of Xavier's
spread offense, and Doellman hit a jumper with 50 seconds left to
clinch it.

The game amounted to a homecoming for Iowa State coach Wayne
Morgan, who was one of Bob Staak's assistants at Xavier from
1979-84. Morgan helped recruit Byron Larkin, who is Xavier's career
scoring leader and was doing radio commentary at courtside.