Feb. 8, 2012
Tu Holloway recorded the seventh double-double of his career with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Xavier (16-8, 7-3 Atlantic 10) past Rhode Island (5-20, 2-8), 84-66. Travis Taylor scored 12 points and Mark Lyons chipped in 10. Holloway led the Musketeers with 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Rhode Island was led by Billy Baron who scored 22 points and Orion Outerbridge who scored 13. Outerbridge grabbed 6 rebounds and Baron, Mike Powell, and Jonathan Holton each had 2 assists.
With 20 points tonight, senior All-American Tu Holloway moved into 14th place on XU's all-time scoring list with 1,597 points. He moved ahead of Stan Kimbrough (1986-89), who scored 1,596 points during his career at Xavier. Next on the scoring list in 13th place is Stanley Burrell (2004-08), who scored 1,612 points.
Mark Lyons scored 10 points to move into 47th place on XU's all-time scoring list with 1,031 points, moving ahead of T.J. Johnson (1994-98) who scored 1,021 points and Michael Hawkins (1991-95) who scored 1,029 points. Next on the scoring list in 46th place is Mike Plunkett (1973-76) who scored 1,043 points and Gary Massa (1977-81), who is in 45th place on XU's scoring chart with 1,049 points.
Tu Holloway recorded the seventh double-double of his career, including a pair of triple-doubles, with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Xavier walk-on O'Neil Cooper scored the first point of his XU career on a free throw with 39.3 seconds remaining. He later had a steal and scored a layup with 22 seconds left in the game.
Xavier scored 57 points in the second half, the most by the Musketeers in a half this season. The previous high was 50 in the second half against IPFW (11-15-11).
XU shot a sizzling 70.4 percent (19-for-27) from the field in the second half, its best shooting performance in a half this season. The previous high was 67.9 percent (19-for-28) in the second half against IPFW (11-15-11).
Xavier held Rhode Island to 17 first-half points, which is the second-lowest scoring half by an opponent this season. Duquesne scored 16 points in the first half when it faced the Musketeers on January 11. It also was the lowest scoring half by the Rams this season. Their previous low was 20 points in the first half at Nebraska (11-20-11).
Rhode Island failed to score a field goal for more than seven minutes near the end of the first half (7:57 to 40 seconds). The Rams scored just 1 point during that stretch, a free throw by Dominique McKoy at 4:55.
Rhode Island scored 49 points in the second half, the most given up by Xavier in a half this season. The previous high was 46 points at La Salle (1-4-11) and at Dayton (1-21-11). The most points scored in a half by the Rams this season was 53 in the second half at Dayton (1-28-12).
Leading 15-14 at 7:57, XU went on a 12-1 run to take a 27-15 lead at 1:14. Tu Holloway scored 6 points during the spurt.
Up Next: Following tonight's contest, Xavier will travel to Philadelphia to face the Temple Owls on Saturday, February 11, for a 9:00 p.m. game. Temple leads the all-time series with XU, 12-10. In last year's matchup at Cintas Center on January 22, 2011, Tu Holloway scored 21 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and dished out 7 assists to lead XU to an 88-77 victory. Mark Lyons added 19 points, Jamel McLean chipped in 16 and Kenny Frease added 11. With the game tied 51-all midway through the second half, XU went on a 10-0 run to take a 61-51 lead with 11:18 remaining. XU led 65-55 when Temple put together a 14-3 run to take a 69-68 advantage at the 5:33 mark. XU responded with a 7-0 run to take back the lead for good. The last time in this series that the visiting team won occurred on January 22, 2005, when the Owls upended XU at Cintas Center, 69-54. In the six regular season games since, the home team has won each contest.