Freshman point guard Terrell Holloway returned from a stress fracture in his foot and put the sizzle back into Xavier's offense last night, helping the 10th-ranked Musketeers stay unbeaten with a 78-56 victory over Ohio in Cincinnati.
Xavier (8-0) has matched the second-best start in its history - the 1992-93 team opened the same way. The school record is a 10-0 start by the 1996-97 team.
Even though the record remained perfect, the Musketeers have had problems on offense in their last two games without Holloway, their quickest ball handler, best free-throw shooter, and flashiest playmaker. He was back in form during the last five minutes of the first half, leading an 18-2 run that left Ohio (4-4) down and out.
C.J. Anderson scored a career-high 22 points, and Derrick Brown added 18.
Gonzaga 74, Washington State 52 -
Josh Heytvelt scored 22 points and the No. 4 Bulldogs (7-0) broke open a close game in the second half against the Cougars (6-3) in Pullman, Wash.
Austin Daye added 14 points and Jeremy Pargo had 11 for the Bulldogs, who ended a two-game losing streak to their regional rival.
Oklahoma 78, Maine 52 -
Blake Griffin had 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the fifth-ranked Sooners past Maine in Norman, Okla.
Griffin made his first six shots and finished 11 of 13 from the field in recording his seventh double-double of the season. He played 22 minutes and 14 of his points came on dunks.
Jamelle Cornley scored 15 points and host
overcame a sluggish start to beat
, 60-45. . . . Devan Dumes scored 20 points and Tom Pritchard added 15 points, leading host
, 66-56. . . . Alex Tyus and Walter Hodge scored 19 points apiece and
Florida Gulf Coast
Cheltenham's Patrick Mansell came off the bench to score 12 points on four three-pointers as host
, 66-54. . . . Hamady Ndiaye put back a key dunk with 10.6 seconds remaining as
, 49-44. . . . Bobby Mulholland scored 15 points to lead
to a 65-54 win at
, which got 14 from Bill Banks.
Temple 73, Toledo 46 -
Rebounding was the theme of the night for the Owls in a nonconference win over Toledo at the Liacouras Center.
The Owls (5-3) shook off Sunday's 86-67 thrashing by Florida State, using a one-sided, 56-21 advantage on the boards, including a 22-5 effort on the offensive end.
Shanea Cotton scored a career-high 23 points for Temple; Shenita Landry added 13.
Villanova 55, Binghamton 37 -
Laura Kurz had 14 points and nine rebounds as the Wildcats (5-4) coasted in the nonleague game in Binghamton, N.Y.
Villanova took 29-25 halftime lead, then went on a 17-4 run in the first 10 minutes of the second half against the Bearcats (4-5).
Angel McCoughtry had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals, leading 12th-ranked
to a home win, 70-42, over
. . . . No. 23
, 75-54,. . . . Agnieszka Kulaga scored 17 points and Aimee Litka added 13 to give
a 71-60 home victory over No. 21
. . . . Stephany Skrba scored four of her 20 points in overtime to help host
hand No. 8
its first loss, 60-59. . . .