Guards Tu Holloway, Mark Lyons lift Xavier over Vanderbilt 82-70 in overtime.
Nashville, Tenn. • The Xavier Musketeers have experienced guards in senior Tu Holloway and junior Mark Lyons.
They sure know how to take over a game at the right time.
Holloway scored 10 of his 24 points in overtime after Lyons tied it up in the final seconds of regulation, and No. 11 Xavier rallied from 10 down to beat 20th-ranked Vanderbilt 82-70 on Monday night.
"It's all 'cause of my backcourt main man, Tu Holloway," Lyons said. "I love him because of the way he plays. [He's] a killer on the court, and he won the game for us in overtime."
This was the first game against a ranked opponent for both Vanderbilt and Xavier, the five-time Atlantic 10 champ. The Commodores, picked to finish second in the Southeastern Conference, had the advantage of being at home in cozy Memorial Gym in front of a sold-out crowd.
For the Musketeers, this was their first road game. They still found a way to improve to 5-0 for the best start yet under Chris Mack in his third season. Lyons had 19 points for Xavier, and Travis Taylor added 11.
John Jenkins led Vanderbilt (5-2) with 20 points.
• No. 6 Louisville 79,Long Beach State 66• No. 10 Florida 96,Stetson 70• No. 11 Xavier 82,No. 20 Vanderbilt 70, OT• No. 16 Marquette 88,Jacksonville 56• No. 22 Memphis 70,Jackson State 45• No. 24 California 73,McNeese State 57