The biggest difference in the game came on the free throw line, as the Bearcats were just 10-22, 45.5 percent from the line. The Musketeers were an impressive 28-36, right around 78 percent, giving Xavier the win taking them to 6-3 on the season.
Leading the way for the Musketeers Terrell Holloway and lone senior Jason Love, who finished on the go ahead bucket late in the second overtime. Holloway had 26 points and four assists in 42 minutes of action; Love was dominate the paint scoring seven points, grabbing 19 rebounds and blocked five shots in just over 40 minutes of action. Also having a good night was Indiana transfer Jordan Crawford who scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 38 minutes but shot just 5-16 from the floor.
Cincinnati show great heart to keep fighting in the game, but never could give over the hump in the second half. Leading the Bearcats were Lance Stephenson and Yancy Gates, who combined for over half of Cincinnati's total points on the night. Stephenson had 22 points and six rebounds in 42 minutes on 9 of 19 shooting, including a big time bucket in regulation for the tie, sending the game to the first overtime. Gates had 18 points, six rebounds and two blocks in 40 minutes of action, including a couple of big free throws that kept Cincinnati in the game in regulation. Senior guard Deonta Vaughn playing in his last cross-town shootout finished with 13 points, nine rebounds, and two assists, in 42 minutes of action in the double overtime thriller, Vaughn had the opportunity to cut the game to one in double overtime with 10 seconds left but was unable to finish, and Xavier clinched the win.
Oklahoma State transfer Ibrahima Thomas made his first appearance as a Bearcat scoring two points, grabbing two rebounds on 1-6 shooting in limited action. Thomas will be ok going forward but this is a tough situation to start your season on the road in the cross-town shootout against rival Xavier.
The freshman update, Cashmere Wright had four points, four assists, and three rebounds in 32 minutes of action. Jaquon Parker played three minutes and had one personal foul, fouling Holloway late in regulation that sent Holloway to the free throw line to tie the game.
The Bearcats (6-2) get back in action Wednesday night when they travel to face the UAB Blazers.