We have been virtually upset by one other March Insanity – however then sanity prevailed.
Tipped to be getting ready to a stunning upset in the primary spherical of the lads’s NCAA event, No. 3 Xavier rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second half to defeat No. 14 Kennesaw State 72–67.
The comeback helped Xavier keep away from turning into the youth event’s third high-profile upset sufferer, becoming a member of No. 2 Arizona (59–55 to No. 15 Princeton) and No. 4 Virginia (68–67 to No. 13 Furman).
The Musketeers led 20–11 six minutes into the sport earlier than the Owls responded to take a 43–36 lead on the break. Kennesaw would push that lead into double digits a number of instances in the second half, taking a 61–48 benefit with simply over 10 minutes left.
However Xavier would go on a 15-0 run over the following 5 minutes to take a 63-61 lead. Each groups would commerce baskets down the stretch till Musketeers guard Colby Jones hit one among two free throws with 18.3 seconds left to place Xavier up 68–67.
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On one of many ensuing possessions, Kennesaw’s Terrell Burden drove into the ring, however his brief try was intercepted by Xavier large man Jack Nunz. The Musketeers recovered the unfastened ball, and Sauli Baum hit each free throws with two seconds left.
Xavier was led by senior ahead Jerome Hunter, who scored a game- and career-high 24 factors alongside with 5 rebounds.
This 12 months’s event was Xavier’s first look because the 2018 season, ending this system’s longest drought since 1979–82.
Additionally it is the primary 12 months of a second time period for coach Sean Miller, who led Xavier to 4 event appearances from 2004-09 earlier than leaving for a similar place at Arizona. He was re-hired final March.