Xavier Falls To Long Beach State In Diamond Head Classic Opener

Freshman Justin Martin set a new career high with 12 points.

Freshman Justin Martin set a new career high with 12 points.

Dec. 23, 2011

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HONOLULU - Senior guard Tu Hollowaywas one of three Xavier players in double figures in a 68-58 loss to Long Beach State in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic First Round game on Thursday evening at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Tu Holloway scored 17 points and had four assists in his return to the Musketeers' starting lineup. Freshman Justin Martin established a new career-high with 12 points and senior center Kenny Freasewent for 10 points.

Xavier will face Hawaii, who lost to Auburn 65-62. The Musketeers' second game will air on ESPNU at 1:30 a.m. ET on Saturday morning (8:30 p.m. HT on Friday in Hawaii).

Second chance points, free-throw shooting, 3-point shooting were the difference in the loss that gives the Musketeers an 8-2 record heading into Friday's game. Long Beach State improves to 6-5 with its win.

The Musketeers were outscored 14-4 on second-chance points despite both teams having 10 offensive rebounds. Xavier went to the foul line just 13 times, making nine, while Long Beach State made 15 shots on 28 attempts. The 49ers hit seven 3-pointers to the Musketeers' three.

Two of those long-range jumpers came courtesy of Martin who set his new career total in the first half alone.

Long Beach State stretched its eight-point halftime lead to a 40-25 advantage at the first media timeout, before Xavier made its final push of the game.

Freshman Dee Davishit a 3-pointer from the corner and Frease hit his fifth consecutive shot from the field to start the game. Holloway hit a fade away and followed it with a steal and dunk to make it an eight-point game just 4.5 minutes later.

The 49ers used the next four minutes to jump back out to a 17-point lead and went on to hold on for its second win over a ranked opponent this season. Freshman Mike Caffey came off the bench to lead Long Beach State with 14 points.

Xavier shot 23-of-51 (45.1 percent) from the floor and 3-of-12 (25.0 percent) from behind the 3-point arc on the night. Long Beach State was 23-of-49 (46.9 percent) shooting and 7-of-19 (36.8 percent) from long range.

The rebounding margin was 31-30 in favor of the 49ers, while the Musketeers committed 15 turnovers to the 49ers' 12.

The Musketeers' only two leads of the contest came in the opening minutes of the first half. Frease started off by hitting two short jumpers and Martin hit his first 3-pointer to help the Musketeers hold a 9-6 advantage.

Long Beach then went on a 12-2 run to jump out to an 18-11 lead over the next 7.5 minutes. During that time Frease picked up his second foul and was forced to sit for the rest of the half. Xavier trailed 29-21 at halftime.

In the period the Musketeers shot 34.8 percent (8-of-23) in the period, while Long Beach St. hit 37.0 percent (10-of-27). Both teams had just two made attempts from outside the arc.