Thursday, February 19, 2009

Xavier loses 3 out of 4

Three straight road losses has Xavier staggering to the finish line in a season that appeared to be a snap. Turnovers did the Musketeers in again. 15 in all, which is about the average for X, but two in particular killed the Muskies. With 4:38 to play Xavier had the ball and a 1 point lead. A horrid cross court pass was picked off and led to a bucket for Charlotte's Lamont Mack. The 49ers took the lead. On the next trip down the floor, another turnover by Xavier and another bucket by Mack. Charlotte by 3 and X was on its heels. That opened the door for a couple of big 3's by Charlotte down the stretch and a 65-60 loss for X. Xavier is now 9-3 in the Atlantic-10, a half game behind the Dayton Flyers. The Muskies have 4 games left, and only one seems like a gimme. A lot of teams are stumbling at this point, so that will help Xavier when it comes seeding time. But losing to Duquesne and Charlotte is disconcerting. Can the Muskies get their mojo back?

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