Nov. 25, 2011
Tu Holloway and Kenny Frease each scored 12 points to lead a balanced Xavier attack as the Musketeers (4-0) defeated Georgia (4-2), 70-56. Mark Lyons and Travis Taylor each added 10 points, while Taylor grabbed 12 rebounds and Holloway had 4 assists. Georgia was led by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who scored 14 points and Gerald Robinson who chipped in 10. Marcus Thornton had 8 rebounds and Dustin Ware and Vincent Williams each had 3 assists. XU led by as many as 36 points midway through the second half.
Xavier is now 153-18 (.895) all-time at Cintas Center and 75-8 (.904) against non-conference opponents since moving into it on-campus arena for the 2000-01 season. XU currently has a 12-game winning streak at home dating back to the 2010-11 season.
Xavier has won eight of its last nine games against SEC competition since the 2008 season. The Musketeers will face another SEC opponent on Monday, November 28, when it travels to #18 Vanderbilt.
The 56 points by Georgia was a season low by an XU opponent. The previous low was 60 by Miami (11-18-11).
Xavier held Georgia to just 19 points in the first half, the fewest points scored by an XU opponent in any half this season. The previous low was 22 first-half points by IPFW (11-15-11). The Bulldogs shot just 21.4 percent (6-for-28), including 14.3 percent (2-for-14) from behind the 3-point line, and turned the ball over 11 times during the first 20 minutes. The 28 first-half points by the Musketeers were also a season low for XU in any half this year.
Senior All-American Tu Holloway scored 12 points to move into 25th position on XU's all-time scoring list with 1,283 points. He passed Jerry Helmers (1969-72), who scored 1,275 points during his Xavier career. Dave Piontek (1953-56) sits in 24th place with 1,287 points and Derek Strong (1987-90) in 23rd with 1,291 points.
With three more blocked shots in tonight's game, Kenny Frease has 14 blocks through the first four games of the season. He had 26 blocks all of last season. Frease finished the game with 12 points and 9 rebounds.
Brad Redford scored a season-high 7 points with a pair of 3-pointers. His previous high was 6 points against Morgan State (11-11-11)
Travis Taylor tied his collegiate career high with 12 rebounds. He also had 12 rebounds while he was with Monmouth against Robert Morris (1-16-10). His previous high as a Musketeer was 6 against Miami (11-18-11). Taylor also recorded his first double-double as a Musketeer with 10 points.
Justin Martin had a career-high 3 steals. Previously he had 1 steal against Morgan State (11-11-11) and Miami (11-18-11).
Xavier opened with a 10-0 run during the first 5:28 of the game (14:32 on game clock). Dez Wells paced the Musketeers with 4 points.
Trailing 14-3 at 9:58, Georgia went on an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 14-11 at 8:06. Gerald Robinson scored 5 points during the spurt.
Xavier put together a 14-0 run spanning the end of the first half (7.3 seconds) and the beginning of the second. Tu Holloway hit a pair of free throws to end the first half then scored six of the Musketeers' 12 points to begin the second to extend the Xavier lead to 41-19 at 15:59.
Up Next: Xavier ventures away from Cintas Center for the first time this season when it travels to Nashville, Tennessee, to face the 18th-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores on Monday, November 28, at 7 p.m. XU leads the all-time series 4-0, but has not faced Vandy since March 13, 1997, when the teams faced off in the first round of the NCAA Midwest Regional at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. In that contest, James Posey scored a game-high 22 points to lead #7 seed XU to an 80-69 victory against #10 seed Vanderbilt. Darnell Williams and Gary Lumpkin each added 16 points, and Lenny Brown scored 13. XU's only trip to Vanderbilt occurred during the 1947-48 season when the Musketeers completed a season sweep of the Commodores with a 62-42 win. Earlier that season, XU defeated Vandy at Schmidt Fieldhouse, 79-42. Xavier returns home to face the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday, December 3, at 3 p.m.