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Xavier Survives Scare from SLU

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UPI/Bill Greenblatt

CINCINNATI (AP) — Tu Holloway scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half on Saturday, rallying Xavier from a four-point deficit to a 76-68 victory over Saint Louis University that extended the Musketeers’ home winning streak in Atlantic 10 play.

The Musketeers (16-6, 8-1) have won their last 37 A-10 home games, the league record. They relied on their guards to keep it going after falling behind by four early in the second half.

Guard Mark Lyons added 15 points, 10 of them in the second half. Center Kenny Frease had 12 points, all in the first half.

Saint Louis (8-14, 3-6) has the league’s worst offense but made its first nine shots to open the second half, taking the lead before Holloway turned it around. Forward Brian Conklin led the Billikens with a career-high 24 points, going 11 of 15 from the field. Rob Loe added 18.

During the game, Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus was so unhappy with a traveling call on one of his players that he slammed his hand on the scorer’s table and hit a laptop, cracking the screen. He wasn’t called for a technical.

Copyright Associated Press

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