- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

BOISE, IDAHO (AP) - C.J. Anderson scored 14 points and Xavier shot 54 percent from the field, beating Portland State 77-59 Friday night to reach the second round of the NCAA tournament for the third straight year.

The Musketeers (26-7) stifled Portland State’s usual barrage of 3-pointers and showed they could shoot from the outside, too, making eight of 19 tries and going 29-for-54 overall in their East Regional opener.

Derrick Brown, B.J. Raymond and Dante Jackson added 13 points as Xavier overwhelmed the Big Sky Conference champion Vikings, who were in the tournament for just the second time.

The 3-pointers that got Portland State (23-10) this far weren’t enough to stop the Musketeers.

Jamie Jones led the Vikings with 14 points.

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