Two technicals. Two overtimes. Sharp elbows and even sharper tongues. A senior making the winning play at the end.
When the buzzer sounded, it was already a classic.
Jason Love got his 19th rebound with 9.8 seconds left in the second overtime and made a clinching free throw last night, steadying Xavier to an 83-79 victory over No. 19 Cincinnati in a nasty renewal of their crosstown rivalry.
"I couldn't think of a better way to go out," said Love, Xavier's lone senior who matched his career high in rebounds and blocked five shots.
Xavier (6-3) wasted a 10-point lead in regulation, survived Lance Stephenson's off-target shot at the end of the first overtime, then pulled it out on its home court.
"Being so close - 2 1/2 miles away - throughout the years, it's been the highlight of the city," Xavier's Dante Jackson said. "It was intense. How many times did the officials have to break us up?"
Cincinnati (6-2) has dropped three straight and 10 of the last 14 against Xavier. It was the first double-overtime game in a series that dates to 1928.
"There's something magical about this game," first-year Xavier coach Chris Mack said.
Terrell Holloway led Xavier with a career-high 26 points, while Stephenson scored a career-high 22 for Cincinnati.
With one hard foul, the game took on a nasty edge. Xavier's Jordan Crawford and Cincinnati's Rashad Bishop began yelling at each other after a hard foul, drawing technical fouls.
"There was just a little talking going on," Bishop said. "It just kind of escalated a little too far."
With 3:20 left in the first half, Love drew an intentional foul on Stephenson as he went up for a layup. Both benches emptied to midcourt and players yelled at each other while coaches yanked and shoved them back.
In other games:
* At Syracuse, Arinze Onuaku had 14 points, Wes Johnson added 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocks and No. 7 Syracuse (10-0) beat St. Francis of New York (3-6), 75-51.
* At Boston College, Keith Cothran scored 19 points to lead Rhode Island (8-1) to an 80-69 win over the Eagles (6-4).
* At Michigan, Manny Harris scored 27 points and DeShawn Sims 23, both season highs, to lead Michigan (5-4) to a 75-64 win over Detroit (6-4).
* At Clemson, Trevor Booker had season highs with 25 points and 14 rebounds, and the Tigers (8-2) beat Furman (5-3) for the 27th straight time, 82-53. Booker's younger brother Devin, a freshman, added a career-best 11 points for Clemson.
* At DePaul, Will Walker scored 18 points to lead DePaul (6-3) to a 77-56 victory over Illinois-Chicago (1-6). Walker eclipsed the 1,000 career-point milestone, the 45th player in DePaul history to do so.
* At St. John's, Justin Brownlee came off the bench to score 14 points and grab 14 rebounds, and St. John's (8-1) beat city rival Fordham (3-7), 73-56, in the 81st meeting between the schools. Freshman Chris Gaston, last week's Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week, had a season-high 32 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Rams.
* At Wake Forest, freshman Ari Stewart scored 16 points off the bench and Al-Farouq Aminu added 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Deacons (6-2) rolled past Elon (3-7), 90-50.
* At UNC-Greensboro, Ian Hummer scored 17 points to lead Princeton (4-4) to a 65-50 victory over North Carolina-Greensboro (2-6).
* At South Florida, Robbie Harman had 14 points and Jordan Bitzer added 12 points as Central Michigan (4-5) upset South Florida, 59-56. Dominique Jones led the Bulls (7-2) with 24 points. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for South Florida, which was without leading scorer Augustus Gilchrist (18.8 points per game), who is out with a right ankle injury until late January.
In women's games:
* Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 24 points and No. 2 Stanford (7-0) beat DePaul (7-3), 96-60, for its 33rd straight home win . . . Shekinna Stricklen scored 19 points to lead No. 4 Tennessee (8-0) over Rutgers (7-5), 68-54, in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden. Brittany Ray scored 29 points for Rutgers . . . In the first game at the Garden, Brittney Griner scored 25 points and No. 6 Baylor (8-1) beat Boston College (5-5), 68-55 . . . Andrea Walker made two free throws with 40 seconds left to cap No. 9 Ohio State's (10-1) 12-0, game-closing run in a 79-78 victory at Mississippi (6-3) . . . Cetera DeGraffenreid had 19 points in leading No. 11 North Carolina (8-1) past visiting Gardner-Webb (8-2), 81-65.