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Xavier handles Ole Miss

Mar 20, 2015 - 12:01 AM Jacksonville, FL ( - 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.

"I'm really proud of our group. I thought, to be completely honest, I thought the one-three-one zone really neutralized Ole Miss," said Xavier coach Chris Mack.

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.

"Everybody in the NCAA Tournament is doing the same thing as us," said Rhett. "All of us have played 30-some games this year, we've all been through the grind. We just had to bring it, and we didn't bring it tonight."

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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  • #1 Gators Fan Ole Miss takes this one. The SEC must be proud of them for beating BYU... even though in the 2nd half it was a one-sided game. BYU beat Gonzaga earlier this year.

    Mississippi(11) vs. Xavier(6)Mar 19 12:45 PM
  • #1 Cards Fan Both of these teams have lots of talent, but are wildly inconsistent. Ole Miss looked great in the 2nd half Tuesday combined with BYU looking like a JV high school team. Toss up time as I'm not sure which of these teams will show up today.

    Mississippi(11) vs. Xavier(6)Mar 19 11:22 AM