Jacksonville Sports Day

NCAA: Xavier Handles Ole Miss, 76-57

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Matt Stainbrook scored 20 points on 8- of-10 shooting, pulled down nine rebounds and dished out five assists as the Xavier Musketeers handled the Ole Miss Rebels 76-57 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Dee Davis made four 3-pointers en route to 17 points for the sixth-seeded Musketeers (22-13), who are making their ninth NCAA Tournament appearance in 10 years. Xavier will play 14th-seeded Georgia State on Saturday.

The Panthers stunned third-seeded Baylor earlier Thursday in a West Region matchup.

Stefan Moody ended with 14 points for the 11th-seeded Rebels (21-13), who rallied past BYU in Tuesday’s first round. M.J. Rhett and Ladarius White tallied 12 and 11 points, respectively.

The Musketeers started the game on a 16-5 spurt and never looked back. After Ole Miss got within 21-17, Stainbrook recorded a three-point play to spark a 15-4 Xavier run.

Remy Abell capped the burst with a jumper to make it 36-21. The Rebels, who erased a 17-point halftime deficit to defeat BYU, scored the final three points of the first half to get within 36-24.

Rhett opened the second half with a jumper, but Xavier scored the next seven points.  

Davis’ 3-pointer gave the Musketeers a 43-26 lead with 17:54 to play. The Rebels never got closer than 10 the rest of the way. 

Game Notes: The Musketeers are one of 11 teams that have made the NCAA Tournament in nine of the last 10 years … Xavier shot 46.4 percent from the field and went 10- of-23 from beyond the arc.

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