Jan. 18, 2012
Mark Lyons scored a game-high 17 points to lead four Musketeers in double-figure scoring as Xavier (13-5, 4-1 Atlantic 10) defeated Saint Joseph's (12-7, 2-3), 68-55. Kenny Frease added 13 points and Jeff Robinson and Dezmine Wells each added 12 for XU. Frease grabbed 7 rebounds and Tu Holloway dished out a season-high 11 assists. Saint Joseph's was led by Langston Galloway and Ronald Roberts who each scored 14 points, Halil Kanacevic added 13, and C.J. Aiken chipped in 10. Kanacevic grabbed 14 rebounds and dished out 5 assists.
With today's win, XU is now 158-20 (.888) all-time in its 12 years at Cintas Center, including 81-10 (.890) all-time against Atlantic 10 competition. Xavier currently has a 43-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.
Xavier is now 72-13 (.847) in regular season Atlantic 10 play since 2007. XU's all-time A-10 regular season winning percentage of 74.3 percent (194-67) is best among current A-10 members.
Xavier dished out 18 assists in tonight's game. Through the last four games, XU has averaged 19.0 assists per game.
XU held Saint Joseph's to just 16 points in the second half, tying the low scoring half by an opponent this season. XU limited Duquesne to just 16 points in the first half of its contest (1-11-12).
The 19 turnovers committed by Saint Joseph's were the most by the Hawks this season and the most by a Xavier opponent this season. The previous high was 18 by Vanderbilt (11-28-11) and Miami (OH) (11-11-11).
Xavier held Saint Joseph's to its worst shooting performance of the season, allowing the Hawks to convert just 37.5 percent (21-for-56) shooting from the fieldThe previous low was 39.2 percent (20-for-51) against Georgia Tech (11-17-11). The Hawks entered the game leading the Atlantic 10 in shooting at 47.9 percent.
In each of the last four games, XU has held opponents under 40 percent shooting. Opponents have converted just 37.4 percent (80-for-214) from the field during the four-game winning stretch. In each of XU's five losses, the opponent shot 40 percent or better from the field.
Senior All-American Tu Holloway is in 17th place on XU's all-time scoring list with 1,484 points. Next up on the list for Holloway is Gary Lumpkin (1995-99) who is in 16th place with 1,507 points.
Tu Holloway dished out a season-best 12 assists. His previous high was 11 against Duquesne (1-11-12).
Kenny Frease matched his season high with 13 points. He also scored 13 points three other times, most recently against Hawaii (12-23-11).
Jeff Robinson scored 12 points on a perfect 6-for-6 shooting night. He has averaged 12.3 ppg. over the last three contests while shooting 89.5 percent (17-for-19).
Saint Joseph's Halil Kanacevic scored a career-high 13 points while recording his fourth double-double of the season. His previous high scoring was 12 points, which he accomplished twice, most recently against Charlotte (1-7-12).
Trailing 36-33 at 3:51 of the first half, Saint Joseph's went a 10-1 run to take a 43-37 lead at 19:07 of the second half. Ronald Roberts had 4 points.
Up Next: Xavier travels to Dayton this Saturday, January 21, for a 1 p.m. contest against the Flyers at UD Arena. Dayton leads the all-time series, 83-72, but XU has won three of the last four meetings. Xavier swept the regular season series last year, posting an 81-76 victory at Cintas Center on January 15. The Musketeers then defeated the Flyers in Dayton, 66-62 on February 27. In the third meeting last year, Dayton pulled out a 68-67 victory on March 11, during the Quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament in Atlantic. In that contest, Dayton built a 21-3 lead early in the contest, but Xavier rallied back to cut the deficit to 36-27 at halftime. Xavier fell behind by as many as 17 points with a little over 12 minutes to go, but stormed back to take a 67-66 lead with 23 seconds remaining when Tu Holloway converted a layup while being fouled and hit the free throw. A foul called on a Xavier player on a loose ball gave the Flyers a pair of free throws, which they converted, with 5 seconds remaining for the final score. Holloway finished with 23 points, Mark Lyons scored 14, and Jamel McLean added 11 for the Musketeers.