The Sweet 16 game between the 3-seed Baylor and the 10-seed Xavier started with Baylor leading 12-2. At that point, it looked as though Baylor was on pace for a blowout. If you have watched Xavier all season long, you know that they are the comeback kids. Unfortunately tonight, the Musketeers did not have enough to fully make the comeback, as they lost 75-70.
When Xavier was making their comeback in the first half, they were consistently getting the ball inside to Kenny Frease (he had 12 first half points).
In the second half, Xavier used their guard combination of Tu Holloway and Marc Lyons to get back in the game. However Lyons also made some bad decisions, which led to Baylor increasing their lead late.
Xavier was down nine points with about a minute and a half to go, but Baylor was sloppy getting the ball inbounds and Xavier capitalized to cut the deficit to three points.
Brady Heslip, who was non-existent from early in the first half on, sealed it for the Bears with four made free throws.
What eventually did Xavier in was that they couldn’t make a shot from the outside. They made just 3-of-15, two coming from Justin Martin off the bench.
Quincy Acy lived up to his reputation as a dunker. He scored 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting, with most of those makes coming via the dunk. He also had 15 rebounds. Pierre Jackson also contributed a double-double with 16 points and ten assists. Perry Jones III, who had been quiet so far in the tournament, scored 19 points. Six of those points came in about a two minute span in the second half.
For Xavier, they were led by seniors Frease and Holloway. Frease scored 18 points and Holloway scored 22 points. Lyons also contributed 16 points.
*Baylor and their highlighter yellow uniforms will face the winner of Kentucky-Indiana on Sunday.