Jan. 11, 2012
Xavier (11-5, 2-1 Atlantic 10) snapped its two-game home losing streak by racing past Duquesne (10-7, 1-2), 78-50. Dezmine Wells scored 16 points to lead four Musketeers in double-figure scoring, while Tu Holloway recorded a double-double with 11 points and a season-high 11 assists. Jeff Robinson added 12 points off the bench and Kenny Frease chipped in 11. Wells grabbed 9 rebounds to pace Xavier in that category. Duquesne was led by Sean Johnson who scored 12 points. Andre Marhold grabbed 7 rebounds and T.J. McConnell dished out 4 assists.
With tonight's win, XU is now 156-20 (.886) all-time in its 12 years at Cintas Center, including 79-10 (.889) all-time against Atlantic 10 competition. Xavier currently has a 41-game home court winning streak in A-10 play, which stands as the longest in league history. XU was 8-0 at home in A-10 play in each of the last five seasons.
The 28-point margin of victory (78-50) was the largest this season by Xavier. The previous high for margin of victory was 23 points, 76-53, against Cincinnati (12-10-11) and IPFW, 86-63 (11-15-11).
Xavier held Duquesne to 50 points, the lowest scoring output by an XU opponent this season. The previous low was 53 points by Cincinnati (12-10-11). The last time XU held an opponent to 50 points or less came against Charlotte in a 68-48 victory at Cintas Center (3-2-11).
The 50 points scored by Duquesne were the fewest scored by the Dukes this season. The previous low was 59 at Arizona (11-9-11). Duquesne entered the game averaging 77.7 ppg. this season, which led the Atlantic 10 Conference. It was also the lowest scoring game for Duquesne since losing to Xavier, 86-50 at Cintas Center (1-28-10).
Xavier held Duquesne to just 16 first-half points, the fewest by an opponent in any half this season. The previous low was 19 points by Georgia in the first half (11-25-11). It also was the lowest scoring output in any half by a Xavier opponent since the Musketeers held Charlotte to 13 points in the first half of a 69-47 win at Cintas Center on January 28, 2009.
The 16 first-half points were the fewest points scored in a half by the Dukes this season. The previous low was 27 points in the first half at Pittsburgh (11-30-11).
The 28-point halftime lead (44-16) was the largest halftime lead by the Musketeers since taking a 52-20 lead into the intermission in a 100-62 victory against La Salle (2-22-11) at Cintas Center.
Xavier dished out a season-high 20 assists and shot a season-best 57.1 percent (32-for-56) . The previous highs in each category were 19 assists and 56.1 percent (32-for-57) against IPFW (11-15-11). The 32 made field goals also matched their season high, which also was against IPFW.
Senior All-American Tu Holloway took over sole possession of 17th place on XU's all-time scoring list with 1,466 points. Entering tonight's game he was tied with NBA veteran James Posey (1996-99) who scored 1,455 points during his XU career. Next up on the list for Holloway is Gary Lumpkin (1995-99) who is in 16th place on the list with 1,507 points.
Dezmine Wells matched his career-high with 16 points, shooting 7-for-7 from the field with 6 dunks and a 3-pointer. He also scored 16 points against IPFW (11-15-11). He also grabbed a career-high 9 rebounds. His previous high was 7 rebounds at La Salle (1-4-12) and against IPFW (11-15-11).
Tu Holloway recorded the second double-double of his career (he also has two triple-doubles) with 11 points and 11 assists. The 11 assists are a season high. His previous high was 7 assists twice, against Miami (11-18-11) and against Southern Illinois (12-25-11). His career high is 15 assists against La Salle (2-22-11).
Jeff Robinson scored a season-high 12 points. His previous high was 9 points against Southern Illinois (12-25-11).
Leading 27-14 at 4:41, XU went on a 17-2 run to take a 44-16 lead into the half. Dezmine Wells led the charge with 7 points, including a pair of alley-oop dunks.
Up Next: Xavier welcomes St. Bonaventure to Cintas Center on Saturday, January 14, for a noon contest. XU leads the all-time series with the Bonnies, 23-15, including 10 straight victories. Last season, Xavier rallied from a 12-point first-half deficit to record a 79-65 win at Bob Lanier Court in St. Bonaventure, New York. Tu Holloway scored a game-high 22 points, all in the second half, to lead five Musketeers in double-figure scoring. Xavier outscored the Bonnies 22-7 to start the second half, turning a 35-30 halftime deficit into a 52-42 lead heading into the under 12 minute timeout. Mark Lyons added 15 points, Jeff Robinson scored 12 off the bench, and Jamel McLean and Kenny Frease each chipped in 10.