No. 10 Xavier Suffers Heartbreaking Loss at the Hands of No. 3 Baylor, 75-70
March 23, 2012
ATLANTA -The No. 10 Xavier Musketeers suffered a heartbreaking loss at the hands of the No. 3 Baylor Bears in the Sweet Sixteen. Tu Holloway, Kenny Frease and Mark Lyons all scored in double figures for the Musketeers.
Xavier finishes the season with a 23-13 record, while Baylor improves to 30-7.
Holloway led all scorers with 22 points, his third consecutive 20-plus point game. He averaged 22.7 points in the NCAA Tournament. Holloway was 6-of-13 from the floor, including 9-of-10 from the free throw line. He also brought down four boards and dished out three dimes.
Frease, who had the hot hand in the first half, finished the game with 18 points. The senior would finish his Xavier career with 1,103 points moving him to 37th place all-time. He surpassed Bill Kirvin, Huck Budde and current Charlotte Bobcat Derrick Brown and is one point behind B.J. Raymond. Frease was 7-of-10 from the floor.
Lyons turned things on in the second half, scoring 13 of his 16 points in the second half. He was 6-of-9 from the free throw line and dished out two assists. Dezmine Wells and Justin Martin both brought down a team-high five boards.
Xavier finished the game shooting 42.9 percent from the field to Baylor's 50.9 percent. Baylor won the battle of the boards 35-29, but Xavier held the advantage in bench points, 12-8, points off turnovers, 20-11, and second chance points, 11-9.
Baylor started off hot in the first half, surging to an 18 point lead, 22-4, at the 12:34 mark. At that point in the game, the Bears were shooting 76.9 percent to the Musketeers' 27.3 percent. Xavier would wrap up the first half going on a 13-3 run over the last five minutes to bring the score to 36-29 as both squads headed into the locker rooms.
Frease led all scorers in the first half with 12 points off 5-of-7 shooting from the floor. Xavier shot 40.7 percent as a team, while Baylor went 53.3 percent. BU outrebounded the Musketeers in the first half 36-29.