Oral Roberts doesn't mind the asterisk that will get attached to this one. Dominique Morrison scored 19 points Sunday, leading the Golden Eagles to a 64-42 victory over previously unbeaten Xavier, which couldn't do much with three of its starters sitting on the bench because of suspensions after last week's brawl.
The eighth-ranked Musketeers (8-1) didn't have point guard Tu Holloway, shooting guard Mark Lyons or freshman forward Dez Wells, who account for 40 percent of their points. The trio was suspended for a brawl eight days earlier against crosstown rival Cincinnati. The players began paying the price on Sunday.
For the Golden Eagles (8-4), it was the kind of win that can become a reference point, even if Xavier wasn't close to full strength.
"It was a great day for our program," said Coach Scott Sutton, son of former Kentucky coach Eddie Sutton. "We don't get this opportunity very often — No. 1, to play a top-10 team, and No. 2, to play them without three of their best players. It was unfortunate what happened last Saturday, but I don't want to take anything away from our kids. It was a great team win. It was the best game we've played all year."
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Xavier lost for only the second time in the last 46 games at the Cintas Center.
No. 10 Missouri 94, William & Mary 56: Sixth-man Michael Dixon scored a career-high 30 points, and Missouri is off to its best start in two decades. Missouri (11-0) jumped to a 19-0 lead over the Tribe, who missed their first eight shots while committing five fouls and 10 turnovers and didn't score until nearly 12 minutes into the game. William & Mary (2-9) made just five first-half baskets. The Tigers last started a season with 11 straight wins under Coach Norm Stewart 20 years ago.
No. 9 Connecticut 77, Holy Cross 40: Freshman Andre Drummond scored a season-high 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Huskies extended their home winning streak to 40 games against non-conference opponents. Alex Oriakhi added 15 points and Shabazz Napier had 13 assists for UConn (9-1). UConn used an 18-0 run to pull away to a 43-24 halftime lead.
St. Bonaventure 76, Loyola (Md.) 66: Demitrius Conger scored 20 points and Andrew Nicholson 18 as St. Bonaventure ended an eight-game winning streak for Loyola (Md.), which Kentucky plays in Rupp Arena on Thursday. The Greyhounds (8-2) pulled to within six points, 70-64, with 4:06 remaining after six straight points by Justin Drummond, who finished with 25 points. But Loyola didn't score again for the next 3:39.
Northern Kentucky 98, Salem International 53: Jon Van Hoose hit six three-pointers and scored a career-high 22 to lead the unbeaten Norse at home. NKU (9-0) is ranked No. 21 in the NCAA Division II poll and is closing in on the best start in the program's history, 13-0 in 2000-01.
Morehead State 75, Robert Morris 69: The host Eagles forced 29 turnovers, and junior Ashar Harris led four players in double figures with team-highs of 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Austin Peay 58, Belmont 56: Bullitt East graduate Whitney Hanley hit a buzzer-beating jumper to snap an eight-game losing streak for the Lady Govs (3-8). The senior had 15 points, six rebounds and five steals.