Xavier Musketeers defeat Minnesota Golden Gophers, 65-54

MILWAUKEE - Xavier's Jordan Crawford can't outplay The Dunk.

Although he made the All-Atlantic 10 Conference first team (coaches) and earned third team All-America honors from Sporting News after averaging 19.7 points per game this season, Crawford's still known for what happened during a pickup game last summer.

Crawford dunked on NBA star LeBron James at the latter's basketball camp. Nike officials confiscated video of the rare feat, which ultimately hit YouTube, a...

MILWAUKEE - Seniors Lawrence Westbrook and Damian Johnson couldn't lead the Gophers to their first NCAA tournament victory since 1997, but they certainly left their marks on the program and played vital roles in its come-from-behind rally to an NCAA invitation this season.

Johnson, one of the program's most versatile players in recent years, finished his Gophers career No. 2 in steals (195) and third in blocks (183).

"It's tough. I don't get a chance to play with the...

MILWAUKEE — They left the Bradley Center floor with towels over their heads because getting here wasn't the goal.

The Gophers wanted to win here.

Efficient offense, ball-hawking defense and an us-against-the-world attitude down the stretch helped them reach their second consecutive NCAA men's basketball tournament, this time in Milwaukee 340 miles away.

But old habits -- lax perimeter defense and scoring woes -- led to a 65-54 loss to Xavier in the tournament's fi...