CINCINNATI (AP) -- Stanley Burrell scored 19 points and Brian
Thornton added 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Xavier to a 73-52
victory over Duquesne on Wednesday night.
Burrell also added three second-half 3-pointers to help break
open a tightly contested game early in the second half.
Tyler Bluemling's 3-point shot keyed an 8-1 run for Duquesne
(4-12, 1-2 Atlantic 10) as the Dukes built a nine-point lead midway
through the first half. Burrell scored from behind the arc and
Keith Jackson beat the 35-second clock with a 3-point goal to cap a
9-0 run by Xavier (7-5, 1-1) that gave the Musketeers a 29-28 with
1:19 left in the half.
Bluemling scored off a drive and Duquesne took the lead back,
but Dedrick Finn made a clutch shot that gave Xavier a 31-30
Bryant McAllister opened the second half with a 3-point shot to
put the Dukes on top briefly 33-31. Justin Cage countered with a
layup to tie the game, and McAllister put Duquesne back in the lead
35-33 at the 18:03 mark.
Duquesne led 37-36 with 16:29 remaining, but Xavier took the
lead back with a 3-pointer by Justin Doellman and stayed in command
the rest of the way.
McAllister led scoring for Duquesne with 27 points. Bluemling