Men's basketball edges Dayton, 73-72
Swimming breaks 13 records at A-10 Championships, women's basketball, tennis teams also win | February 24, 2003
The 14th-ranked men's basketball team faced one of its toughest challenges of the season over the weekend and came away a winner. The Musketeers recorded a 73-72 win at 25th-ranked Dayton on Saturday, clinching its school record seventh straight 20-win season and claiming one of the two Atlantic 10 Conference west division first round byes in the conference tournament. The Musketeers, who are now 20-4 overall and 11-1 in the A-10, held off a last-second attempt by the Flyers, who fell to 19-5 overall and 11-2 in the conference and suffered their first loss in 14 home games this season.
The team was part of a busy weekend of sports at the University, which included action by the women's basketball, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, baseball and rifle teams.
The men's basketball game, though, was the center of attention, as senior All-American David West led the way with 27 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. West was named the Blackburn/McCafferty Award for the second time this season and a record third time in his career. The award goes to the most valuable player of each regular season Xavier-Dayton game. West broke another University record, hitting 8-of-8 free throws, raising his career numbers to 604 free throws made of 805 free throws attempted. The career numbers break the records previously held by Byron Larkin of 596 made and 797 attempted.
Junior center Anthony Myles added 15 points and a career-high and game-high 15 rebounds. Freshman reserve center Will Caudle hit all five of his shots from the field en route to 10 points, all of which came in the first half. Junior guard Romain Sato contributed 16 points, six rebounds and four assists. Sato was named on Sunday as the A-10 player of the week for the second straight week. Satos award this week makes it six straight weeks that a Xavier player has been named player of the week. West earned the award the four preceding weeks.
The team travels to Duquesne University on Wednesday, Feb. 26, for a 9:00 p.m. game.
The women's team split its two weekend games, suffering a 75-69 overtime loss to Duquesne University on Sunday after winning by 20 points over St. Bonaventure University on Friday. Freshman Tara Boothe was named on Sunday as the A-10 rookie of the week for a record-breaking eighth straight week and 10th time this season for her efforts. Boothe is the top scoring freshman in the A-10 at 15.6 points per game (sixth overall), and leads A-10 freshmen with 8.2 rebounds per game (fifth overall).
The team is now 18-8 on the year and 10-5 in the Atlantic 10. It closes the regular season on Sunday, March 2, with a 2:00 p.m. game at the Cintas Center. It will be senior day, and any fan with a Kroger brand nonperishable food item will get into the game for free.
The swim teams were in the water for the A-10 Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. The mens team posted a three-day total of 333 points, finishing fifth among the eight teams competing. The women totaled 279 points and finished eighth out of nine teams. Excluding diving events, the men finished third and the women finished sixth.
The biggest news coming out of the championship, though, was the 13 school records the teams broke during the four-day event.
The womens 400-meter medley relay team broke its own school record with a time of 3:56.37, while the women's 800-meter freestyle relay team finished with a time of 7:56.43 for a new record.
Individually for the women, sophomore Becky Faust broke her own school record in the 400-meter intermediate medley with a time of 4:35.55. Sarah Blush set the record for the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:06.64, while Danielle Miller set the record in the 200-meter breaststroke, swimming the distance in 2:24.43. Junior Molly Moeller broke her own school record with a time of 58.02 in the womens 100-meter backstroke. Also, sophomore Janet Heil broke the record in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 2:07.16.
On the men's side, the 400-meter medley relay team set a new school record with a time of 3:29.56. The 800-meter freestyle relay finished in 6:57.58 for a new record. The men's 200-meter medley relay team also rewrote a 5-year-old record with a time of 1:36.29.
Individually, freshman David Janszen broke a 3-year-old school record in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 51.15, while fellow freshman Kyle Hawley broke the record in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 1:53.75 and set another record in the 500-meter freestyle with a time of 4:39.20.
The baseball team had three of its four games this weekend washed out, dropping its lone game to Lipscomb University, 5-4.
The men's tennis team picked up a pair of wins, beating Indianapolis, 7-0 on Friday, and then knocking off Eastern Kentucky University, 4-3.
The women's tennis team, meanwhile, increased its season record to 8-1 by beating the University of Akron, 5-2.
The rifle team finished third in the Great American Rifle Conference Championship over the weekend. The team moves on to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Championship on March 13-15.