Xavier Sends West Virginia Packing

Musketeers win in overtime
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2008 11:07 PM CDT
Xavier Sends West Virginia Packing
Players on the West Virginia bench react during overtime of an NCAA men's basketball tournament West Regional semifinal against Xavier tonight in Phoenix. Xavier won 79-75.    (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Josh Duncan gave it his all tonight as Xavier downed West Virginia in overtime, 79-75. The senior scored 26 points in the win as the Musketeers move on to the Elite Eight this Saturday. Xavier looked ready to hand the game over to West Virginia late in the second after blowing a lead that had ranged as high as 18 points, but luck was on their side.

Mountaineer Joe Alexander missed a crucial free throw in the final seconds that let the game go into overtime. West Virginia grabbed the early lead in extra minutes, but Xavier answered with three straight three-pointers to shift the momentum back. Two of those came from B.J. Raymond, who scored eight points in OT, while C.J. Anderson and Jason Love picked up 10 rebounds apiece.   (More NCAA stories.)

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