Thursday, March 09, 2006

Burrell was "big time"

Xavier's Stanley Burrell stood at the foul line preparing to shoot two potential season-saving free throws for the Musketeers.

From my vantage point in the first row of the scorer's table, I could overhear Justin Doellman say to Burrell, "Be big-time, baby. Be big-time".

He was.

Burrell scored 10 points including three crucial free throws down the stretch helping Xavier defeat Charlotte, 59-55. The Musketeers advance to play in the A-10 semifinals on Friday at 8:30 p.m.

After losing its starting center, Brian Thornton, to injury and having its starting point guard, Dedrick Finn, dismissed from the team, Xavier continues to play on.

The Musketeers have endured nearly as much adversity as the crosstown UC Bearcats this season.

Both team's postseason hopes are hanging in the balance.

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