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2010 dominates 2020 to advance to the Elite Eight

Jordan Crawford’s 21 and Jason Love’s double double led the way past Marshall and Jones.

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Jordan Crawford played basketball at Xavier like had not a care in the world beyond scoring his next bucket. He was almost an artist with the variety and audacity of his scoring moves and that was on full display tonight as his 21 points led the 2010 squad to the most resounding victory of the tournament thus far, an 88-67 thumping of the 2020 version of the Musketeers.

2020 was actually holding their own with 8 minutes to go and the score knotted at 23. Crawford had scored the first 5 points of the game for 2010, but had been silent for 10+ minutes as he struggled to come to grips with Naji Marshall. However, over the next 5 minutes, the Indiana transfer would put on a clinic in keying a 17-5 run with 8 points and 2 assists and building a double digit lead that would never really come under threat.

It would be a familiar story for the 2020 team with only Naji Marshall (15/7/3) and Tyrique Jones (17/8/2) getting into double figures and the team shooting a putrid 5-20 from deep. Meanwhile, Jason Love (11/13/2) and Jamel McLean (9/5/1) would hold serve on the boards and Brad Redford (12/1/0) would knock down 4-6 from deep to join Mark Lyons (10/0/3) in double figures off the bench for 2010.

With the game well and truly decided, fans got to see what they really came to watch: Joe Hughes and Myles Hanson going at it to see who was the king of garbage time. Hanson won handily by sticking a pair of free throws, following it up by converting off a Leighton Schrand rebound, and scoring the final bucket of the game by tipping in a Schrand miss as time expired. Sadly for the 2020 squad, the game had been up long before then.