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2012 NCAA Bracket, Xavier Vs. Lehigh Final Score: Musketeers Eliminate Cinderella, Reach Sweet 16

The road was rockier than most anticipated back in the fall, but the Xavier Musketeers are officially headed to the Sweet 16 after edging Lehigh 70-58 in the third round of the South regional on Sunday.

Lehigh, fresh off a Cinderella-esque victory over No. 2 Duke, led by as many as 15 points in the first half but struggled to maintain its scoring pace as the game wore on. In the end, Xavier's inside-outside combination of Kenny Frease and Tu Holloway proved to be too much for the 15th-seeded Mountain Hawks to withstand.

Frease set a season-high with 25 points on 11-for-13 shooting along with 13 rebounds, and created issues for Lehigh's frontcourt all night.

Lehigh junior C.J. McCollum, who was a fan favorite after his performance against the Blue Devils, struggled to find his shot against Xavier's athletic guards, and finished the night 5-for-22 from the floor.

As the Mountain Hawks desperately tried to mount a comeback in the final minute, Xavier looked to the defensive end to get the job done. Here's Xavier forward Andre Walker with a game-sealing rejection to keep the Musketeers in the dance:

For more on the Xavier Musketeers, check out Banners On The Parkway. If you want more on the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket, stick with SB Nation's NCAA Tournament hub for a complete printable NCAA Tournament bracket and tons of analysis on every March Madness game.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.