NCAA hoops: Crawford scores 28 to lift Xavier over Minnesota, 65-54
AP Sports Writer
MILWAUKEE — Jordan Crawford scored 17 of his 28 points in the second half and Xavier continued its run of NCAA tournament success with a 65-54 victory over Minnesota in the first round of the West Regional today.
Xavier (25-8) will be in the second round for the fourth straight year, this time under first-year coach Chris Mack.
Mack has a star in Crawford, the Indiana transfer playing in his first NCAA tournament game in two years.
But it was far from a one-man show.
Dante Jackson smothered the Gophers' best shooters on defense, Jamel McLean had 14 rebounds and Crawford provided the highlight plays for the sixth-seeded Musketeers.
Lawrence Westbrook scored 15 of his 19 points for Minnesota (21-14) in the first half, and the 11th-seeded Gophers went cold from 3-point range late.
Xavier will face the winner of Pittsburgh-Oakland in the second round.