March 3, 2012
Tu Holloway scored 24 points, including 10 in the final 5:18 of the game, to lead Xavier (19-11, 10-6 Atlantic 10) past the Charlotte 49ers (13-16, 5-11), 72-63, on Senior Day. Kenny Frease added 18 points and Mark Lyons scored 11. Frease grabbed 12 rebounds, and Dezmine Wells dished out 5 assists. Charlotte was led by Chris Braswell who scored a game-high 28 points and DeMario Mayfield who scored 11. Braswell and Pierria Henry each grabbed 8 rebounds, and Henry dished out 4 assists.
Senior All-American Tu Holloway scored 24 points to move into the top 10 on XU's all-time scoring list with 1,706 points. He passed Nick Daniels (1975-79), who scored 1,690 points in his XU career. Brian Grant (1990-94) stands in ninth place on the scoring list with 1,719 points and Steve Thomas (1962-66) is eighth all-time with 1,722 points.
Mark Lyons is 33rd on XU's all-time scoring list with 1,121 points. He needs18 points to catch Dexter Bailey (1980-84) who is 32nd on the list with 1,139 points. Maurice McAfee (1997-01) is 31st on the scoring list with 1,142 points, and Hank Stein (1956-59) is 30th with 1,144 points.
Kenny Frease scored 18 points today to became the 50th member of XU's 1,000-point club with 1,017 career points. Just ahead of him on the scoring list is T. J Johnson (1994-98) who is 49th with 1,021 points, Michael Hawkins (1991-95) who is in 48th place with 1,029 points.
Trailing by 14 points, 37-24, with 2:21 left in the first half, the Musketeers outscored Charlotte by 23 points (49-26) the rest of the game.
Xavier committed 8 turnovers, matching its season low. The Musketeers also had 8 turnovers against Saint Joseph's (1-18-12)
Kenny Frease scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season and the 11th of his career.
Andre Walker had an XU career-high 4 steals. His previous high was 3 steals at Temple (2-11-12) and against Gonzaga (12-31-11).
Dezmine Wells dished out a career-high 5 assists. His previous high was 4 assists at Memphis (2-4-12).
Leading 19-17 at 7:34 of the first half, Charlotte went on a 15-4 run to take a 34-21 lead at 3:07. Chris Braswell led the 49ers with 9 points during the spurt.
Trailing 37-23 with 2:21 remaining, XU finished the first half with a 7-0 spurt to cut the deficit to 37-30 at the intermission. The Musketeers extended the run to 11-2 at the 17:31 mark of the second half, to cut the lead to 39-34. Tu Holloway led XU with 4 points.
Trailing 60-58 at 5:28, XU went on a 14-1 run to take a 72-61 lead at 35 seconds. Tu Holloway scored 10 points during the spurt.
Up Next: Xavier's next game will be in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament. The dates and times of games will be determined by the results of today's A-10 contests. Xavier joined the Atlantic 10 Conference in 1995 and has an overall conference tournament record of 23-12 (17 appearances). The Musketeers have made it to the tournament championship game four times (1998, 2002, 2004, and 2006), winning all four contests. In the quarterfinal round of last year's tournament, the top-seeded Musketeers fell behind #9 seed Dayton Flyers, 21-3, in the early going, but were able to cut the deficit to just nine points (36-27) by the half. The Flyers extended the lead to 17 points with a little over 12 minutes remaining before XU turned up the pressure, outscoring Dayton 20-5 over the next five minutes to cut the lead to 59-57. Dayton led 66-64 with under a minute left in the game before Tu Holloway scored a traditional 3-point play with 23 seconds left to give XU its first lead of the game, 67-66. But the Flyers converted a pair of free throws after a loose ball foul was called on the Musketeers to win the game, 68-67.