Monday, September 01, 2014
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Pete Gillen to Keynote Night of Excellence
On Saturday night, August 16, the All For One fund will be hosting a Night of Excellence, celebrating Xavier University's athletic success. The night includes live and silent auctions, dinner, and talks by XU's men's and women's head coaches Chris Mack and Brian Neal, AD Greg Christopher and Byron Larkin, the all-time leading scorer in Musketeer history. The night will be capped off with a sure-to-be entertaining and engaging keynote speech by Xavier Hall of Fame coach Pete Gillen. Gillen ranks as Xavier's all-time winningest head coach with 202 wins and 75 losses in his nine seasons at the helm from 1985 to 1994. In addition to wonderful memories that Coach Gillen, his staff, and players created on the court, Gillen is also well remembered for his one of a kind personality and way with words, or "Gillenisms." Click for a full list of Pete Gillen "Quips" -- Courtesy of Xavier Athletics

Xavier's Season Ends in First Four
The last two at-large teams to make the NCAA Tournament field squared on Tuesday night in one of the First Four games up in Dayton. As it turned out, North Carolina State didn't look the part of the last at large team. Xavier, on the other hand, was a completely different story. The Wolfpack (22-13) rolled past the Musketeers (21-13) and into the Second Round of the tournament with a 74-59 victory. NC State advanced to play Saint Louis in the 5-12 matchup, while Xavier's season ended. Matt Stainbrook played one of his best games of the year. Stainbrook finished with 19/9 on 9-15/0-0/1-4 in 27 minutes. He didn't show any lingering effects from his MCL strain. Isaiah Philmore ended his career with a solid 11/4 on 4-6/0-0/3-4 shooting.

Xavier Meets NC State in Dayton
When fellow bubble teams like Stanford, Dayton and BYU all heard their names called, and all received surprisingly high seeds (10, 11 and 10, respectively), Xavier looked like they could be in trouble. It would be a play-in game in Dayton or out of the tournament. But the Musketeers (21-12, 11-9) still slipped into the field, drawing the 12 seed play-in game in Dayton. They'll take on the North Carolina State Wolfpack (21-13, 11-10) out of the ACC at 9:10 on Tuesday night, on TruTV.

Musketeers Lose Rubber Match to Bluejays, McDermott
Xavier and Creighton played a pair of classic games this season, and many expected much of the same for a rubber match in New York. But under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden and in front of a large Creighton contingent, the Musketeers fell to the Bluejays and Doug McDermott 86-78 in the Big East Tournament Semifinals. Creighton got 32 points from their superstar McDermott, including a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line. Ethan Wragge poured in additional 17 on the strength of five three pointers, and Austin Chatman also finished in double digits with 11 points.

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X Women Dropped by Georgetown in BIG EAST Tournament
The ninth-seeded Xavier women's basketball team had a rough shooting night (13-of-48; 27.1 percent) and fell to No. 8 Georgetown, 56-37, in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament at McGrath-Phillips Arena on Saturday night.

X Women Lose Regular Season Finale
Senior Ashley Wanninger (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) finished with 12 points and six rebounds as the Xavier women’s basketball team fought hard to climb back into the contest but fell to Seton Hall, 62-50, in the BIG EAST Conference regular season finale at Walsh Gymnasium on Tuesday night.

Women Drop Close One on Senior Day
Four players scored in double figures as the Xavier women’s basketball team shot 52.3 percent from the field but dropped a hard fought game to Villanova, 57-55, in BIG EAST Conference action at Cintas Center on Saturday afternoon.

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