December 13 - Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Terrell Holloway scored a career-high 26 points and went 11-of-11 from the free throw line, leading Xavier to an 83-79 double overtime victory over 19th-ranked Cincinnati in a tough, testy version of the Crosstown Shootout at Cintas Center.
Jordan Crawford added 16 points for Xavier (6-3), which has won three straight in this series and four in a row at home. Mark Lyons contributed 11 points, while Jason Love had seven points and a game-best 19 rebounds in the victory.
Lance Stephenson had a career-best 22 points for Cincinnati (6-2), which has not won on the road against Xavier since 2001-02. Yancy Gates provided 18 points, while Deonta Vaughn had 13 points and nine rebounds in defeat.
It was the first time in the 77 games played in this series that double overtime was needed.
Cincinnati scored the first three points of the second overtime, with Vaughn's layup providing a 77-74 edge. Holloway answered with a deep contested jumper, but Gates restored the three-point margin with a layup with three minutes left.
Love's layup a little less than a minute later tied the game, 79-79. Steve Toyloy missed two free throws for Cincy with 1:10 left and a chance to give the Bearcats the lead, and Holloway fed Love inside for a layup with 40.6 ticks on the clock and an 81-79 Xavier lead.
Dion Dixon missed an open three for Cincinnati, and Dante Jackson made one free throw for Xavier with 15.9 seconds left for a three-point game. Vaughn then drove to the basket to close the gap, but his layup rimmed out, and Love made 1-of-2 free throws to make it 83-79 and seal the outcome.
Gates gave Cincy an early lead in overtime with a putback jumper, and Stephenson drilled a jumper shortly thereafter for a 65-61 lead.
Xavier answered with the next four points -- all from Lyons -- to tie it, and each team traded a basket on its next possession for a 67-67 game with 2 1/2 minutes left.
One free throw from Rashad Bishop with 2:17 left gave the lead back to the Bearcats, and Stephenson went up-and-under the basket with a nifty reverse layup on the following possession for a 70-67 cushion.
After a missed three by Xavier, Vaughn put in a fastbreak layup to give the visitors a five-point lead with under a minute left.
Holloway answered with four consecutive free throws on the next two possessions for a 72-71 game with 27.7 seconds left, and Dixon's two makes from the line at the other end provided a three-point margin for Cincy.
Holloway then drove to the basket for an acrobatic layup that turned into a three-point play, tying the game at 74 with 19.0 ticks on the clock.
Stephenson missed a potential game-winning three in the final moments, and the game went to another extra period after several putbacks were no good.
Xavier led by five at halftime, and Crawford's deep three with 14 minutes to play extended the Musketeers' advantage to 10, 45-35.
Cincinnati, though, later went on an 11-0 run -- with Stephenson providing seven of the points -- to take a 55-51 lead with just over 5 1/2 minutes to play.
The Musketeers responded, as Kenny Frease grabbed an offensive rebound and put it in for a tying layup to make it 55-55 with four minutes left. Crawford's jumper put the hosts ahead by a pair on the next possession.
With a minute to go, Gates went to the line for a 1-and-1 with Cincy still trailing by two and sank both to tie the game, but Holloway answered with a deep jumper with 31.4 seconds left to put Xavier back in front, 61-59.
Stephenson tied the game again by driving to the hoop for a layup with 14.7 seconds left, and Jackson's putback jumper at the other end came too late, as the clock had expired to send the game to overtime.
The first half stayed close throughout, and the two teams managed to avoid three potential scuffles.
The first came on the heels of a 14-0 Cincinnati run that gave the Bearcats a 19-12 lead with 7:45 left on a Stephenson layup. Less than a minute later, technical fouls were called on Cincinnati's Bishop and Xavier's Crawford after a near-fight, but the referees were able to quell the situation before it spun out of control.
The Musketeers went on a 12-2 run from that point to go ahead by three on a Holloway jumper with four minutes to go, and Stephenson was fouled hard by Love on the way to the basket on the next posession.
An intentional foul was called, but as Stephenson and several other players made their way through the Xavier huddle, both benches cleared and began to yell at each other. Once again, no punches were thrown, as the referees handled the situation.
In the final minute of the half, with Xavier ahead, 31-26, Holloway was shoved down by Cincinnati's Larry Davis. Holloway lay on the ground for an extended period of time but eventually got up and continued playing. The Musketeers took the five-point edge into halftime.
Xavier is 5-0 at home this season...Cincinnati still leads the all-time series, 47-30...Xavier went 28-of-36 from the free throw line, while the Bearcats went 10-of-22 from the charity stripe.