There will be a post on the post game fight shortly, but let’s just cover the game.
Xavier proved too athletic and too tough defensively for the Cincinnati Bearcats today, winning 76-53. The first half was very intense. The teams came out tight. There were several ties and lead changes. Things turned late in the half though. Xavier went on a 10-0 run, and a 12-2 run to close the half, powered by 5 from Mark Lyons. Tu Holloway made his only FG of the half, a 3, to put Xavier in front. A layup and a transition layup made it a 6 point game. That drew a Cronin timeout. UC came back and turned it over, which led to a Lyons 3. Xavier finished the run with FTs. UC got a Mbodj layup to put us at the margin. At the whistle, Lyons got into it with the UC bench. Ocatvius Ellis approached him and we had a pull apart. Nothing was called and we went into the half with X up 34-25. Lyons led all scorers with 14. Gates had 10-8 for UC. Cincinnati went from 6:23 to 59 seconds without a FG and only 2 points.
Xavier started the second half with a 9-2 run with 8 points in the paint and 4 second chance points, to get the margin to 16. It stayed there most of the half. UC couldn’t break down the Xavier defense. Dez Wells and Justin Martin did a great job on Sean Kilpatrick, holding Killa to 3-12 shooting. Dion Dixon was only 4-16 from the field. Yancy Gates had 16-12. No one on UC could stick Mark Lyons, who had 19. Tu Holloway finished with 17, and was unstoppable in the second half. Kenny Frease had a big second half, finishing with a double double.
Obviously the end of the game was marred by an ugly fight. I’ll have a breakdown later. Box score from ESPN
|Yancy Gates, F||36||7-15||0-0||4-6||4||12||0||1||0||3||0||18|
|Sean Kilpatrick, G||34||3-12||1-8||4-6||1||1||1||1||0||1||3||11|
|Dion Dixon, G||37||4-16||0-4||6-6||1||2||4||1||0||2||1||14|
|Cashmere Wright, G||30||1-8||0-3||2-2||1||5||2||0||0||2||5||4|
|Justin Jackson, F||12||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||2||0||0||0||1||3||0|
|Jaquon Parker, G||15||1-2||0-0||2-2||2||3||0||1||0||1||3||4|
|Kelvin Gaines, C||9||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||1||0||1||1||0||0||0|
|Ge’Lawn Guyn, G||12||0-4||0-1||0-0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Cheikh Mbodj, C||13||1-4||0-0||0-1||1||3||0||0||1||0||3||2|
|Jermaine Sanders, F||2||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Andre Walker, F||27||1-2||0-0||0-0||4||9||4||2||1||3||2||2|
|Kenny Frease, C||28||6-12||0-0||1-2||3||13||1||1||4||2||1||13|
|Mark Lyons, G||32||6-11||3-5||4-4||0||1||4||0||1||3||4||19|
|Tu Holloway, G||39||5-10||1-5||6-6||0||2||6||1||0||2||0||17|
|Dezmine Wells, G-F||22||7-10||0-0||0-1||2||6||0||0||0||1||4||14|
|Brad Redford, G||12||2-5||0-3||0-1||0||0||1||0||0||0||1||4|
|Travis Taylor, F||13||0-3||0-0||1-2||1||2||0||0||1||1||4||1|
|Jeff Robinson, F||11||0-1||0-0||1-2||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||1|
|Justin Martin, F||14||2-2||1-1||0-0||1||2||0||2||0||0||2||5|
|Dee Davis, G||2||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|