Xavier 63

(5-0, 0-0 away)

(13) Memphis 58

(4-1, 3-0 home)

    7:30 PM ET, November 23, 2008

    Coliseo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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    XAV 32 3163
    #13MEM 29 2958

    Top Performers

    Xavier: J. Love 5 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Memphis: R. Dozier 10 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Holloway is perfect from line as Xavier beats No. 12 Memphis

    Associated Press

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Terrell Holloway made 10 free throws without a miss and finished with 13 points to help Xavier beat Memphis (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) 63-58 on Sunday night in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off championship game.

    Fast Facts

    • In their first meeting since 1967, Xavier extended its winning streak against Memphis to five games in capturing the championship of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

    • Xavier is off to its first 5-0 start since 1997-98.

    • Memphis' streak of 61 consecutive wins vs. unranked teams came to an end after the Tigers shot just 15-for-30 from the free throw line.

    -- ESPN research

    B.J. Raymond and Jamel McLean added 11 points each for the Musketeers (5-0), and C.J. Anderson finished with 10.

    "I'm really proud of our team," Xavier coach Sean Miller said. "We really showed a lot of toughness and resiliency in all three games in the tournament."

    Tyreke Evans led Memphis (4-1) with 12 points, but was 4-for-16 from the field. Robert Dozier and Antonio Anderson each scored 10 points.

    Both teams struggled from the field, with Xavier shooting 36 percent and Memphis finishing at 32.7 percent. Xavier was 25-for-37 at the line, and Memphis was 15-of-30.

    "We're disappointed with the outcome, but November games are about learning about your team. We did tonight," Memphis coach John Calipari said.

    Holloway made two free throws with 27 seconds to go to give Xavier a 61-58 lead. After Dozier missed two three throws with 17 seconds left, Dante' Jackson and C.J. Anderson hit free throws in the final seconds to seal the victory.

    "C.J. has great toughness," Miller said. "He's an incredible leader. Our team follows his lead, especially in toughness."

    Memphis was 38-2 last season, losing the national title game to Kansas in overtime.

    "This year's team is so different from last year's team and the year before. What disappointed me were our seniors down the stretch," Calipari said. "Hopefully, we get better as the season goes on. We had chances to win the game, but didn't make the plays we needed to make to win. We had some guys that played tentative and not to lose tonight. I want guys to make plays and play to win. I wanted this game to be close."

    Xavier opened the tournament with a 75-71 victory over Missouri, then beat Virginia Tech 63-62 in overtime.

    "These were three great tests for us," Miller said. "All three teams attacked us and we responded."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 63 58
    FG Made-Attempted 18-50 (.360) 18-55 (.327)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-14 (.143) 7-21 (.333)
    FT Made-Attempted 25-37 (.676) 15-30 (.500)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 8 1

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