Without Sumner, the margin for off nights is gone
X already had slumped with Ed. Now without him, they need production from previously inconsistent performers such as Quentin Goodin, Kaiser Gates, and everyone over 6'8". We will talk about Goodin's night in a bit, but Gates was key to Xavier erasing Seton Hall's lead halfway through the second half, and Sean O'Mara was back to being a problem for the opposition's defense.
Goodin is still a raw talent
Quentin Goodin was handed the reins of this team much sooner than anyone was expecting, but came away with some very positive signs in his second college start. His distribution and handling were solid and at times exceptional, while his finishing- specifically near the rim- showed a player still figuring this level out. With the ability he showed to get to the rim, he will be a nightmare for defenses when they start falling.
Team 95 isn't dead yet
The temptation earlier in the week, which several media outlets failed to resist, was to write the autopsy for this year's edition of the Musketeers. Myles Davis was gone, Ed Sumner was gone, and the team had struggled in the post all year. However, this team still has enormous fighting spirit, which showed in the final few minutes. Whether it was JP Macura chasing down a fast break to prevent an easy basket, Kaiser Gates skying for a crucial defensive rebound, Quentin Goodin closing down Myles Powell with a vital swat on a 3-pointer, or Trevon Bluiett taking on a triple team on his game winning drive, it was obvious during winning time these guys don't think they are done.