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Men's basketball wins sixth straight

Team dunks Dayton, while swim team has strong showing at A-10 championship and baseball, tennis in action

02/23/04

The winning streak for the men's basketball team reached six games on Saturday when it beat the University of Dayton, 67-60. The team wasn't the only one in action this weekend, though, as the baseball season saw its first pitch, the swim teams were in the Atlantic 10 Conference championships and the tennis teams were on the courts.

Most of the attention, though, was focused on the basketball court, where senior guard Lionel Chalmers had 17 points, five rebounds and four assists to earn the Blackburn/McCafferty Most Valuable Player award for the men's basketball game against I-75 opponent Dayton. Fellow seniors Romain Sato and Anthony Myles also had stellar days, Sato scoring a team-high 18 points while grabbing eight rebounds, dishing out two assists and picking up two steals, while Myles adding 10 points and four rebounds.

Their efforts were part of a strong shooting performance by Xavier, which made 22 of its 48 shots from the field and 50 percent of its three point shots. Defensively, the team also held Dayton to just 37.3 percent (22-59) shooting from the field and just 5.6 percent (1-18) from three point range.

The Musketeers are now 16-9 overall this season and 7-5 in the Atlantic 10. They return to action Wednesday at St. Bonaventure in a 7:00 p.m. game that will air on Fox Sports Net

The weekend's most shocking news is the women's tennis team lost for the first time this season, being upset by Miami University, 5-2, on Sunday. The team is now 9-1 on the season after beating Murray State University, 5-2, on Saturday.

The men's tennis team also split its matches, beating the University of Evansville, 6-1, on Saturday before losing to St. Louis University, 5-2, on Sunday.

Also this weekend, the baseball team began its season by traveling to East Tennessee State University for a pair of doubleheaders. The team was competitive, but dropped all four games.

And the men's and women's swimming teams concluded their season on a strong note. The women's team placed fifth overall in the A-10 Championship, but were second with the diving scores excluded. The men's team, meanwhile, finished fourth overall. The teams also broke four school records during the meet.