Sophomore guard Terrell Holloway poured in 20 points to lead four Musketeers in double figures as the Xavier University men's basketball team handed LSU its worse loss of the season, 89-65, on Tuesday evening at Cintas Center. With the win, the Musketeers improved to 8-4 on the season while the Tigers slipped to 8-4.
Holloway's 20 came on 5-of-10 shooting and he was an automatic 9-of-9 from the free throw line. He also dished-out six assists, which was one shy of his career high.
Sophomore guard Jordan Crawford scored 17 points on 5-of-13 shooting and a 5-of-5 effort from the charity stripe. Crawford also dropped four dimes against the Tigers. Jason Love chipped in 11 points and seven rebounds.
Bo Spencer led LSU with 20 points and Tasmin Mitchell went for 18 and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Storm Warren scored 11 but no other Tiger reached double figures.
LSU got off to a good start and led 4-2 after Warren made a jumper at the 17:20 mark. However, the Musketeers owned the next 15:50 and outscored the Tigers 41-22 over that span to build a 43-26 lead after Brad Redford drained a 3-pointer at the 1:30 mark.
Crawford would bury a 3-pointer with only four-seconds remaining in the half to give the Musketeers a 46-30 lead at the break. The 46 points marked the most LSU had given up in a half this season.
Xavier dominated inside during the first half, out-rebounding LSU by a 29 to 15 margin and outscoring the Tigers 24 to 12 in the paint. Jamel McLean and Kenny Frease combined for 16 first half boards and out-rebounded LSU by themselves.
LSU was never able to mount a serious challenge in the second half and Xavier led by as many as 29 points, 88-59, with 2:10 remaining.
The Musketeers shot just 40.5 percent from the field but held LSU to 34.9 percent shooting and won the battle of the boards by a 54 to 37 count. LSU was 20-of-25 from the free throw line but were only 1-for-14 from beyond the 3-point arc.
LSU returns to action on Jan. 2 when the Tigers host Utah.