Xavier 87, Massachusetts 79

Jordan Crawford scored 25 points to help Xavier defeat

Massachusetts 87-79 on Wednesday night, staying on top the Atlantic

10 Conference and winning its fourth straight.

The Musketeers (16-6, 8-1) trailed 69-68 with 4:37 to go, before

scoring nine unanswered points. Jamel McLean’s free throw put

Xavier ahead 77-69 with 2:48 left.

The Musketeers, the A10 leader in scoring at 79.8 points per

game, outscored the Minutemen 22-6 in the first half to take a

32-19 lead. Crawford’s layup capped the run with 8:05 to go until

halftime.

Massachusetts (8-14, 2-6) wouldn’t lead again until taking a

63-62 advantage on Anthony Gurley’s free throws with 7:28 to

play.

Terrell Halloway scored 16 points, Jason Love 15 and McLean 14

for the Musketeers.

Ricky Harris paced the Minutemen with 24 points. Javron Farrell

added 12, Terrell Vinson 11 and Freddie Riley 10 for

Massachusetts.