Illini Drop Close One At Xavier
Dec. 29, 2006
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Drew Lavender scored 17 points to lead Xavier to a 65-59 win over Illinois Friday night.
The Musketeers (9-4) scored their last 15 points on free throws, with Lavender making six of eight down the stretch.
Lavender made a free throw to make it 53-41 with 2:34 to play, but Jamar Smith made four 3-pointers in the last 2:14 to keep the Illini (12-3) close. Smith pulled Illinois to 56-50 on a 3-pointer with 1:29 left, but Xavier made nine of 12 free throws to finish.