Despite a valiant fight for the No. 6 seed Xavier Musketeers, their 2009-10 season came to a close on Thursday night. XU was edged by No. 2 seed Kansas State, 101-96, in the West Regional semifinals in double overtime in Salt Lake City. Xavier's Jordan Crawford led all scorers with 32 points on 13-of-29 shooting. It was Crawford's third straight dazzling performance of the tournament which on this night included a dramatic 35-feet triple that he drilled with four seconds left to tie the game in the first overtime. The Muskies finish the year with a 26-9 record while the Wildcats moves on to face Butler in the Elite 8 on Saturday.
Jacob Pullen the guard who brought the phrase “Fear the Beard” to the Little Apple — hit a pair of 3-pointers in the second overtime to help K-State outlast Xavier 101-96 on Thursday night in the West Regional semifinals. SALT LAKE CITY - Long after the jump shots stop falling and their ballyhooed beards go gray, Kansas State players will look back on this game as one of the best they ever played.