Dec. 3, 2011
#11 Xavier (6-0) erased a 19-point deficit in the last 10 minutes of the game to defeat Purdue (7-2), 66-62. Tu Holloway scored a game high 21 points, including 13 down the stretch, to lead the Musketeers. Mark Lyons added 14 points, and Andre Walker and Kenny Frease each chipped in 10. Travis Taylor grabbed 6 rebounds and Holloway had 4 assists. For Purdue, Robbie Hummel scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Lewis Jackson scored 12 points and had 4 assists.
Xavier is now 154-18 (.895) all-time at Cintas Center and 76-8 (.905) against non-conference opponents since moving into its on-campus arena for the 2000-01 season. XU currently has a 13-game winning streak at home dating back to the 2010-11 season.
After Purdue jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the all-time series with Xavier, the Musketeers have won the last four games.
Xavier's 6-0 start is the best in the Chris Mack era, and the best start by an XU squad since beginning the 2008-09 season at 9-0. The Musketeers finished that season 27-8, reaching the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.
Xavier has won its last six games against Big Ten competition since the 2007-08 season. Two of the wins have now come against Purdue, including an 85-78 victory in the 2008 NCAA Tournament Second Round. XU also has victories against Minnesota (2010 NCAA Tournament First Round), Wisconsin (2009 NCAA Tournament Second Round), Iowa (2010-11 regular season), and then No. 8 Indiana (2007-08 regular season).
The 22 first-half points by Xavier were the lowest scoring half of the season. The previous low was 28 points in the first half against Georgia (11-25-11). It also marked the lowest first-half scoring output by a Xavier team since scoring just 20 points against Marquette in the 2011 NCAA Tournament Second Round (3-18-11).
XU had a season-high 22 turnovers, including 18 in the first half alone. Those 18 giveaways eclipsed the previous high for an entire game this season. XU committed 16 turnovers against IPFW (11-15-11). The 22 turnovers were the most by a Xavier team since it had 23 turnovers in an 82-80 victory over UMass at Cintas Center on January 31, 2009.
Xavier led 2-0 at 18:49, Purdue hit a 3-pointer at 18:36 to take a 3-2 advantage, and did not relinquish the lead until Tu Holloway hit a 3-pointer with 1:03 left in the game.
Senior All-American Tu Holloway scored a game-high 21 points, including 13 in the final 5:10 of the game. He hit a pair of free throws to cut the Purdue lead to 8 points at 5:10, and scored 11 points in the final 1:48 on three consecutive 3-pointers (1:48; 1:03, giving XU its first lead since the beginning of the game; and 39 seconds) and a pair of free throws with 22 seconds remaining to extend XU's lead to the final score, 66-63.
Senior All-American Tu Holloway is now 22nd on XU's all-time scoring list with 1,328 career points. Jamal Walker (1987-91) currently is 21st on the list with 1,333 points, with Joe Viviano (1956-59) at No. 20 with 1,338 points.
Trailing 2-0 at 18:49, Purdue went on a 14-0 run to take a 14-2 lead at 13:42. Robbie Hummel scored 5 points during the spurt. Xavier committed 7 turnovers during the stretch.
Trailing 55-36 with 10:44 remaining, XU finished the game with 30-8 run to win the game, 66-63. Tu Holloway scored 11 points to lead the charge, including three consecutive 3-pointers in the final 2 minutes and a pair of free throws in the final 2 minutes.
Up Next: Xavier will be back on the road on Wednesday, December 7, when it travels to Indianapolis to face the Butler Bulldogs at Hinkle Fieldhouse at 9 p.m. XU leads the all-time series with Butler, 29-16, including a 51-49 victory on December 9, 2010, at Cintas Center. In that contest, Xavier built an eight-point lead at half and extended the lead to 10 points, 41-31, with 11:42 left in the game. Butler used an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 41-39 at 6:53. With the scored 49-all with 3 seconds remaining, Mark Lyons converted a pair of free throws to give XU the victory. Kenny Frease led the Musketeers with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Tu Holloway chipped in 10 points and had 5 assists. The 51 points was the fewest points scored by a victorious Xavier teams since the Musketeers won at UC, 50-44, during the 2002-03 season. The last time XU faced Butler at Hinkle, the Bulldogs defeated XU, 69-68, on December 19, 2009.