As an intermittently proud Xavier University alum, the hardworking staff is of course delighted that the Musketeers vanquished the Lehigh Mountain Hawks 7o-58 in last night’s NCAA bakeoff.
As Lehigh Valley Live reported:
Xavier University men’s basketball coach Chris Mack brought up an interesting statistic to his team during a timeout late in the first half.
The third-year head coach told his players they had just four defensive stops in the game’s first 16 minutes.
The 10th seeded Musketeers certainly changed their tune in the second half as their stifling defense propelled them to a 70-58 victory over 15th seed Lehigh University in the third round of the NCAA tournament’s South Region at the Greensboro Coliseum.
“It was a tale of two halves, certainly,” Mack said. “I thought the final push we made before half helped our team. We were able to get stops in part because (C.J.) McCollum was on the bench, but we were also able to make some shots.”
“For them to shoot 14 percent (5-for-34) in the second half … I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that.”
We have, however, seen Xavier in the Sweet Sixteen before – four times in the past five years, to be exact (and once in that time to the Elite Eight).
But never to the Final Four.
Probably not this time either.
Regardless, Go Muskies!