Gophers See Season End With 65-54 Loss

Minnesota was outscored 39-28 in the second half as they lost to Xavier 65-54 in the first round of the west Regional held at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. The game was tied at 26-26 at halftime and the Gophers went up 30-29 on a layup by Damian Johnson. However, they would never lead again as Xavier would go on a 15-5 run over 7:30 to preserve the win.

Xavier advanced to the second round to face third seed Pittsburgh, who defeated Oakland 89-66 in the second game of the day.

Xavier shot just 21.4% from the field (nine of 42) and two of ten from beyond the arc in the first half as Minnesota blocked ten Musketeer shots, including five by Colton Iverson. Jordan Crawford led Xavier with eleven points at the break.

Lawrence Westbrook made six of eight shots from the field, including three of five from beyond the arc as he scored a game-high 15 points in the first half. Blake Hoffarber made two three-pointers to add six points. However, the rest of the team combined for two of 16 shooting and only five points in the first half.

Crawford scored 17 of his 28 points in the second half to lead all scorers. Jamel McLean had seven points and a game-best 14 boards for Xavier.

Westbrook was the lone double figure scorer for the Gophers as he finished with 19 points. Minnesota shot just nine of 34 (26.5%) from the field and only two of 15 (13.3%) from beyond the arc in the second half.

Minnesota finished the season 21-14 in head coach Tubby smith's third season with the Gophers.

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