Xavier is making a habit of reaching the round of 16. Senior center Kenny Frease scored a career-high 25 points to go with 12 rebounds and...
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Xavier is making a habit of reaching the round of 16.
Senior center Kenny Frease scored a career-high 25 points to go with 12 rebounds and the Musketeers knocked off upset-minded Lehigh 70-58 Sunday night to advance to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in five years.
“It’s an amazing accomplishment, but it’s not something that we want to be final,” said Xavier coach Chris Mack. “Whether you have your ups and downs during the year, the middle of the year, you want to be playing as well as you possibly can play down the stretch.”
Lehigh, which stunned No. 2 seed Duke on Friday, was looking to become the first 15 seed to make it to the tournament’s second weekend. But Frease stood in the way.
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The 7-footer dominated in the paint, hitting 11 of 13 shots, and Tu Holloway was his normal productive self with 21 points as 10th-seeded Xavier (22-12) moved on to play No. 3 seed Baylor on Friday in the South Regional at Atlanta.
The Musketeers held C.J. McCollum, the nation’s fifth-leading scorer, to 14 points on 5-of-22 shooting and overcame a 15-point first-half deficit. Mackey McKnight had 20 points for Lehigh (27-7), which tied a Patriot League record for wins in a season.