ATHENS, Ga. — Tu Holloway, Xavier's unheralded junior guard, had another huge performance in the second half, scoring all 18 of his points after the break to lead the Musketeers past Georgia 65-57 for an important non-conference win Tuesday night.
This is becoming a trend for Holloway, who scored 20 out of 24 points in the second half during a win over Saint Louis last Saturday, and all 22 in the second half against St. Bonaventure last month.
"A lot of my scoring has come in the second half," he said. "I don't get down on myself."
Holloway missed all five shots in the first half but found his groove over the final 20 minutes, breaking down the Bulldogs with his ability to penetrate and draw fouls. He went 11-for-11 at the line and doled out five assists for the Musketeers (17-6), who were taking a break from Atlantic 10 play.
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"He's a great player," said Georgia's Trey Thompkins, whose team was playing outside the Southeastern Conference for the final time during the regular season. "He's shifty. He can definitely handle the ball."
Georgia (16-7) took a big blow when Thompkins, who led the Bulldogs with 14 points, fouled out with 2:42 remaining on a disputed call.
With Holloway dashing into the lane, Thompkins came over to help, got bumped and fell into the Xavier guard, tripping him up. Holloway hit both free throws to make it 56-50, and Georgia never got closer than four the rest of the way.
No. 14 Purdue 67, Indiana 53: E'Twaun Moore scored 25 points, and JaJuan Johnson added 15 to help the host Boilermakers (19-5, 8-3 Big Ten) pull away for their fourth straight over their biggest rival. Freshman Will Sheehey scored a season-high 14 points, and Bloomington native Jordan Hulls had 13, but Indiana (12-13, 3-9) still dropped under the .500 mark for the first time this season.
Cincinnati 71, DePaul 68: Sean Kilpatrick scored 19 points, Ibrahima Thomas added 16 and struggling Cincinnati hung on to beat DePaul. The visiting Bearcats (19-5, 6-5 Big East) had dropped five of eight after a 15-0 start and were coming off back-to-back losses to West Virginia and Pittsburgh. Cincinnati led by 17 early in the second half only to see DePaul (6-18, 0-11) nearly whittle it all away down the stretch.
Aircraft carrier game a go
Michigan State and North Carolina are moving forward with plans to play a basketball game aboard an aircraft carrier on Veterans' Day.
Michigan State Athletics Director Mark Hollis said the long-discussed game is to take place this year in San Diego's harbor. The schools have been working with Morale Entertainment to produce the event, which will include a concert on the converted flight deck.