Holloway, No. 23 Xavier top Saint Louis 66-55 - KMOV.com

Holloway, No. 23 Xavier top Saint Louis 66-55

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Tu Holloway scored 25 points and No. 23 Xavier extended its winning streak to nine games with a 66-55 win over Saint Louis on Saturday.

Mark Lyons had 16 points and Kenny Frease added 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Musketeers (24-6, 15-1 Atlantic 10), who have won 16 of 17 and are the No. 1 seed at next week's conference tournament in Atlantic City, N.J. Xavier has not lost since dropping a 66-62 decision at Charlotte on Feb. 2.

Brian Conklin scored 14 points for Saint Louis (12-17, 6-10), which had its four-game winning streak snapped.

The Billikens trailed 31-21 at the half, but clawed their way back to get within 45-42 on Jordair Jett's three-point play with 9:44.

But Frease answered with a turnaround jumper and Holloway converted a three-point play of his own when he was fouled on a drive to extend the lead back to 50-42 and essentially end the threat.

Holloway got going early, hitting a 3-pointer 20 seconds into the contest and following with a bucket inside as the Musketeers jumped out to a 7-0 advantage.

Saint Louis started out ice cold, hitting just two of its first 18 shots. But Xavier couldn't capitalize, making only nine field goals in the first half.

After McLean drained two free throws to make it 27-13 with 3:43 left in the half, the Billikens went on an 8-2 run to close the gap to six points. Holloway hit two free throws with 1:06 left in the half to push the margin to 31-21 at the break.

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