Nov. 18, 2011
Mark Lyons scored 18 points to lead Xavier (3-0) to a hard-fought 66-60 victory over the Miami RedHawks (1-1). Kenny Frease added 13 points and a team-high 7 rebounds, while Tu Holloway had 7 assists and 4 steals. Miami was led by Bill Edwards who scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed a team-high 8 rebounds, while Julian Mavunga added 17 points. Four RedHawks had 3 assists apiece.
Xavier is now 152-18 (.894) all-time at Cintas Center and 74-8 (.902) against non-conference opponents since moving into it on-campus arena for the 2000-01 season. XU currently has an 11-game winning streak at home dating back to the 2010-11 season.
Senior All-American Tu Holloway scored 9 points to close to within 4 points of the 25th position on XU's all-time scoring list with 1,271 points. Jerry Helmers (1969-72) who scored 1,275 points during his Xavier career currently stands in 25th place. Dave Piontek (1953-56) sits in 24th place with 1,287 points and Derek Strong (1987-90) in 23rd with 1,291 points.
Xavier forced a season-high 19 turnovers against while committing a season-low 9 turnovers. The previous high was 14 turnovers by IPFW (11-15-11) and the previous low turnovers by XU was 15 against Morgan State (11-11-11).
For the season, junior Mark Lyons is averaging 20.3 ppg. while shooting 54.5 percent (24-for-44) from the field. He's also hit 7-of-13 (.538) from behind the 3-point arc.
Senior Kenny Frease had 4 more blocked shots tonight, giving him 11 in the first three games of the season. He finished with 26 blocks all of last season. He also scored a season-high 13 points. His previous high was 10 against Morgan State (11-11-11).
Freshman Dez Wells is averaging 12 ppg. on 15-for-27 shooting (.556) from the field with 16 rebounds.
Junior Travis Taylor established new XU career highs with 9 points and 6 rebounds. His previous high was 2 points against Morgan State (11-11-11) and IPFW (11-15-11) and 5 rebounds against IPFW.
Miami sophomore Bill Edwards scored a career-high 21 points, including a career-best four 3-pointers. His previous career high was 14 against Dayton (11-15-11). He was 4-for-4 from behind the arc in the first half and finished the game 4-for-6 overall. In the RedHawks only other contest this season, Edwards was 0-for-3 from 3-point range. As a freshman at Penn State during the 2009-10 season, he was 11-for-38 in 3-point shooting.
Trailing 13-7 at 14:30, Miami went on a 10-0 run to take a 17-13 lead at 11:11. Julian Mavunga scored 6 points to pace the RedHawks.
Trailing 41-36 at 15:06 of the second half, Miami went on an 8-0 run to take a 44-41 lead at 12:45. Brian Sullivan and Josh Sewell each scored 3 points to lead the RedHawks.
Trailing 44-41 at 12:45, XU went on a 16-5 run to take a 57-49 lead at 4:36. Tu Holloway scored 4 points during the spurt. During the span, XU held Miami to 2-for-10 shooting, 0-for-4 from behind the 3-point arc, and forced 4 turnovers.
Up Next: Xavier wraps up its season-opening four-game homestand at Center on Friday, November 25, against the University of Georgia Bulldogs at 8 p.m. XU leads the all-time series with Georgia, 2-1, including victories in the last two meetings. Last season, XU defeated Georgia in Athens, 65-57, on February 2. Trailing 27-26 at halftime, Tu Holloway caught fire in the second half, scoring all 18 of his game-high points, including 11-of-11 from the free throw line, in the final 20 minutes to lift the Musketeers to the victory. After Georgia took a 37-32 advantage with 14:42 remaining, Mark Lyons ignited an 11-2 run with a three-point play to give XU a 43-39 advantage with 11:32 to play. Georgia tied the score at 44-all with 8:42 left, Lyons hit a 3-pointer to put the Musketeers ahead for good at 47-44 with 8:23 remaining. Lyons finished with 14 points, Jamel McLean chipped in 12 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, and Kenny Frease scored 10. Georgia was led by Trey Thompkins with 14 points.