Xavier 83, Wake Forest 75
Point guard Terrell ”Tu” Holloway had a triple-double and
center Kenny Frease scored a career-high 22 points on Saturday
night, leading Xavier to an 83-75 victory over Wake Forest as part
of the Skip Prosser Classic.
Wake Forest (6-5) hosted the initial game of the series honoring
the coach, winning in double overtime last season. For the rematch,
the Demon Deacons tried to end the nation’s second-longest
home-court winning streak.
The Musketeers (7-2) made it a school-record 29 straight behind
Frease, a 7-foot center emerging as a consistent scoring threat. He
had his third double-double in the last four games, also getting 14
Holloway had 12 points and career highs with 14 assists and 10
rebounds. It was the first triple-double by a Xavier player since
forward David West had one against Long Island on Dec. 8, 2001.
West and Prosser were inducted into Xavier’s Hall of Fame before
J.T. Terrell led Wake Forest with 27 points. Ty Walker had eight
blocks, three shy of his season high.
Wake Forest was coming off a 69-67 win over North
Carolina-Greensboro that featured a lineup change. Coach Jeff
Bzdelik moved senior guard Gary Clark, 7-foot freshman center
Carson Desrosiers and junior transfer Nikita Mescheriakov into the
starting lineup, and got a win. He stayed with the combination
Shortly before the tipoff, Xavier played a tribute to Prosser on
the overhead videoboard. It ended with coach Chris Mack noting that
Wake Forest won last season’s game, then adding that ”it’s our
turn to win one for coach.”
The Musketeers came out energized and ran out to a 12-2 lead.
Dante Jackson had a pair of 3s and a fastbreak layup off a steal.
Wake Forest had trouble doing anything with the ball – six
turnovers in the first five minutes.
The 3-pointer is one of the Demon Deacons’ best weapons, and
they turned to it to make a comeback. Terrell and Travis McKie hit
from behind the arc during an eight-point run that cut the lead to
14-12 – the closest they would get the rest of the way.
Emotions spilled over into a double technical midway through the
first half. Holloway and Terrell got whistled for an exchange after
a foul under the basket.
A pair of dunks started Xavier’s 10-2 run that rebuilt the lead
to 33-21. The Demon Deacons had trouble handling Frease, who shot
over any defender in his way. He had 12 points and six rebounds at
halftime, with the Musketeers up 39-30.
Holloway was cut above his left eyebrow and sat out the closing
minutes of the first half. He started the second half with a
bandage above the eye and a new jersey – No. 1, with no name on the
back, replacing his blood-specked one.
The number fit. He made his first shot of the half, a 3-pointer,
and repeatedly passed inside for baskets. Frease’s floater over
Walker made it 66-49 with 7:06 to go. The Musketeers were never in
trouble after that, giving up some open baskets with reserves on
the floor in the final minute that got the lead under