Men's Basketball

College basketball highlights: Dec. 19

Xavier's Tu Holloway, center left, and Mark Lyons couldn't suit up Sunday after brawling with Cincinnati. Holloway was suspended one game, Lyons for two and Dez Wells (not pictured) for four.
Xavier's Tu Holloway, center left, and Mark Lyons couldn't suit up Sunday after brawling with Cincinnati. Holloway was suspended one game, Lyons for two and Dez Wells (not pictured) for four. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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."

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.

State men

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.

State women

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.

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