Musketeers Defeat Demon Deacons 83-75 in Skip Prosser Classic

Holloway's triple-double leads Xavier to victory in the Skip Prosser Classic on Saturday night.

Holloway's triple-double leads Xavier to victory in the Skip Prosser Classic on Saturday night.

Dec. 18, 2010

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CINCINNATI - The Xavier Musketeers (7-2) defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 83-75 in the Skip Prosser Classic Saturday night at Cintas Center. Junior Tu Holloway posted a triple-double with 14 points, a career-high 10 rebounds, and a career-high 14 assists. Junior Kenny Frease led the Musketeers posting a double-double, his third of the season, by scoring a career-high 22 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Senior Dante Jackson finished with a season-high 17 points.

With 2:19 remaining in the game, Holloway corralled an offensive rebound off of a Frease miss. He promptly followed the rebound with his 14th assist for the game on a dish to senior Jamel McLean for a thunderous two-handed jam. Holloway's triple-double is the first triple-double for the Musketeers since David West posted 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists against Long Island on Dec. 8, 2001. Holloway's previous highs were nine rebounds against IPFW (Nov. 16, 2010) and 10 assists against St. Bonaventure (March 6, 2010) and Fordham (Jan. 31, 2010).

Frease scored his 22 points on 11-of-19 (57.9 percent) shooting from the floor. His previous high was 17 points versus Charlotte (Jan. 29, 2009). Jackson, behind a perfect six-for-six from the charity stripe, matched his season-high of 17 points. He scored 17 in the season-opener against Western Michigan on Nov. 12, 2010.

For the second time this season, Xavier finished with five players scoring in double-digits. Joining Holloway, Frease, and Jackson were sophomore Mark Lyons with 14 and McLean with 11.

Holloway opened up the second half with a three-point shot from the right wing. Shortly thereafter, Holloway found Frease for a reverse dunk. With the Musketeers holding a 12 point lead at the 9:30 mark, Frease got the home-team roll on a jumper at the end of the shot clock off of another Holloway assist. Following a pair of three pointers from Jackson and Lyons and a McLean dunk, Xavier found itself with a 66-51 lead. The Musketeers held a double-digit lead for most of the second half, but a few late threes by Wake Forest brought the lead to single-digits.

The Demon Deacons, one of the top teams in the country in three-point shooting, were able to keep within striking distance for most of the half on the strength from downtown. Wake Forest finished shooting 45.5 percent (10-of-22) from three-point range.

Xavier finished the game shooting 43.8 percent (32-of-73) while Wake Forest shot 45.5 percent (25-of-55). Xavier won the rebound battle 45-34. The Musketeers forced 17 Demon Deacon turnovers while only committing 11 for the game. As a team, Xavier finished with a season-high 22 assists compared to only 11 for Wake Forest.

The Musketeers held a 39-30 halftime lead behind Jackson's 14 first half points. Frease added 12 points and six rebounds, and Holloway dished out seven assists and grabbed six boards of his own.

Xavier opened the first half with a 14-4 run, highlighted by two Jackson three-pointers. Wake Forest responded with an 8-0 run to cut the lead back down to two. Midway through the first half of a physical game, Xavier's Holloway and Wake Forest's J.T. Terrell picked up technical fouls for a scuffle that occurred on the baseline.

After the tussle, Xavier was able to take control of the foul-laden first half. With Xavier leading 23-19, Jamel McLean threw down a monstrous two-handed slam dunk. Jay Canty followed with a steal and fastbreak dunk of his own to extend Xavier's lead to eight with 8:45 remaining in the half. The Musketeers were able to extend their lead to as many as 12 before heading into the locker rooms with a nine point lead at the half.

Xavier shot 45.5 percent on 15-of-35 shooting for the half and Wake Forest shot 44.4 percent on 12-of-27 shooting. The rebounding battle was led 21-15 by Xavier.

J.T. Terrell led Wake Forest in scoring with a game-high 27 points. C.J. Harris and Ari Stewart added 10 points apiece for the Demon Deacons who fall to 6-5 on the season.

Xavier travels to Spokane, Washington for a math-up with Gonzaga University on Wednesday, Dec. 22. Tip-off for the contest, which will be shown on ESPN2, is scheduled for 11:00 p.m. ET.