- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 12, 2009

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - B.J. Raymond had 18 points to lead No. 19 Xavier to a 66-47 victory over Saint Louis in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 championship on Thursday.

C.J. Anderson added 15 points and Jason Love had 10 for top-seeded Xavier (25-6, 13-4). The Musketeers will play the winner of Thursday’s second quarterfinal between fourth-seeded Temple and fifth-seeded Saint Joseph’s on Friday night.

Kevin Lisch had 13 points to lead the Billikens (18-14, 8-9), and Willie Reed added 10.

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Xavier used a 14-0 run spanning halftime to take control.

Raymond banked in a 30-footer at the first-half buzzer to cap a 7-0 spurt that gave the Musketeers a 35-25 lead.

Xavier then opened the second half by scoring the first seven points to take a 42-25 lead with 17:30 left.

St. Louis never got closer than 14 and finished 3-of-9 from the foul line.

Xavier opened the game with a 15-2 run that featured seven points from Raymond. But Saint Louis fought back and eventually cut the deficit to three points on two occasions, the last on Reed’s two free throws that made it 28-25 with 2:23 left in the half.

Xavier, the A-10’s regular-season champs, was the top seed the last two years but failed to reach the A-10 final. A No. 1 seed hasn’t won the A-10 tournament since Xavier in 2002.

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