Scores

Final

La Salle 79

(15-7, 7-4 A 10)

Xavier 70

(14-7, 5-5 A 10)

    12:00 PM ET, February 11, 2006

    Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

    1 2 T
    LAS 40 3979
    XAV 36 3470

    Top Performers

    La Salle: S. Smith 23 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Blk

    Xavier: S. Burrell 15 Pts, 2 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    La Salle 79, Xavier 70

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- Steven Smith scored 23 points Saturday, and La Salle held on for a 79-70 victory over Xavier, which lost senior forward Brian Thornton to a broken ankle.

    With its fifth straight win, La Salle (15-7, 7-4 Atlantic 10) clinched its first winning season in 13 years.

    Thornton, who leads Xavier (14-7, 5-5) in scoring and rebounding, broke his right ankle while going for a loose ball with 7:35 left in the first half. Coach Sean Miller said Thornton, who has been the conference's player of the week four times, will miss the rest of the season.

    When Thornton went out, Xavier fell behind and never caught up. There were seven lead changes in the first half, but La Salle took advantage of Thornton's absence and pulled ahead 58-43 on Darnell Harris' 3-pointer midway through the second half.

    Stanley Burrell made eight consecutive points for Xavier during a 10-3 run that cut the lead to 67-65 with four minutes to play. Xavier got the ball back with a chance to pull ahead, but Justin Doellman's 3-pointer rimmed out.

    Smith made a pair of free throws to stop the comeback and went 6-of-6 from the line in the closing minutes. Smith also had a game-high 11 rebounds for La Salle, which dominated the boards 44-31. Harris and Jermaine Thomas added 18 points apiece for the Explorers.

    Xavier missed its last five 3-point attempts after getting the lead down to two, finishing 6-of-26 from behind the arc. Without Thornton on the front line, Xavier ended up shooting and missing from the perimeter.

    Burrell led Xavier with 15 points. Thornton, who averages 15.7 points and 7.1 rebounds, had eight points when he got hurt.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    LAS
    XAV
    Points 79 70
    FG Made-Attempted 25-56 (.446) 22-60 (.367)
    3P Made-Attempted 9-19 (.474) 6-26 (.231)
    FT Made-Attempted 20-25 (.800) 20-28 (.714)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 14 2

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