Musketeers Defeat Crosstown Rival Cincinnati 76-53
Dec. 10, 2011
CINCINNATI -The No. 8 Xavier Musketeers defeated the University of Cincinnati Bearcats 76-53 Sunday afternoon at Cintas Center in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout. With the victory, Xavier remains spotless in the 2011-12 campaign. Mark Lyons, Tu Holloway, Dez Wells and Kenny Frease all scored in double figures.
In the 79th meeting between these two squads, Xavier was able to improve its record to 8-0. The Musketeers have won four of the last five match ups. With the loss, Cincinnati falls to 5-3 on the season.
Lyons led the game with 19 points off 6-of-11 shooting from the floor, 3-of-5 from downtown and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Holloway added 17 points (6-of-10). He was a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe, dropped six dimes and posted a steal. Wells dropped 14 points and brought down six boards. Kenny Frease recorded his first double-double of the season bringing down a game-high 13 boards and scoring 13 points.
Xavier took control of the second half going on a 9-2 run to open up the second frame. Cincinnati got within 10 points off a Yancy Gates jumper with 14:40, but that was the closest the Bearcats would get.
Xavier shot 51.8 percent from the floor for the game to Cincinnati's 27.9 percent. The Musketeers outrebounded the Bearcats 40-36 and scored 36 points in the paint to UC's 24. XU also held the advantage in points off turnovers (16-8), fast break points (12-2) while UC held the advantage in second chance points at 14-10.
There were six lead changes and eight ties in the first frame. Xavier was able to pull away towards the last six minutes of the half and go on a 12-2 run to end the half. The Musketeers held the Bearcats without a field goal from the 6:23 mark until 55.8.
Xavier hit 46.2 percent of its shots in the first half to Cincinnati's 32.1 field goal percentage. The Bearcats did not connect on a trey in the first half, while Xavier was 3-of-8, including two from Lyons.
Cincinnati was led by Yancy Gates who had a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
The Musketeers will take a week break before hosting Oral Roberts at Cintas Center on Sunday, Dec. 18. The game is schedule for a 1 p.m. start and will be televised on Fox Sports Ohio. Stay tuned to GoXavier.com for more information on Xavier men's basketball.