CINCINNATI (AP) — Tu Holloway had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds Wednesday night, getting Xavier’s sluggish offense going to an 84-66 victory over Rhode Island that kept the Musketeers locked in a second-place tie in the Atlantic 10.
Xavier (16-8, 17-3) can grab at least a share of first place when it plays at Temple (18-5, 7-2) on Saturday. The Owls rallied to beat George Washington 79-72 on Wednesday night.
The Musketeers have won five in a row against Rhode Island (5-20, 2-8) and 17 of the last 18 in their series.
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Xavier was out of sync for most of the first half, throwing the ball away and missing shots. Holloway had eight points and a pair of assists during an 18-3 run throughout the closing minutes of the half and the start of the second, putting Xavier in control 33-17. The Musketeers led by as many as 25.