Tu Holloway scored 18 points — all in the second half — and Xavier boosted its NCAA prospects with an important nonconference win, pulling away to beat Georgia 65-57 Tuesday night.
Holloway missed all five shots in the first half but found his groove after the break, breaking down the Bulldogs with his ability to penetrate and draw fouls. He went 11 of 11 at the line and doled out five assists for the Musketeers (17-6), taking a break from Atlantic 10 play.
Georgia (16-7), of the Southeastern Conference, took a big blow when top scorer Trey Thompkins fouled out with 2:42 remaining on a disputed call.
With Holloway dashing into the lane, Thompkins came over to help, got bumped and fell into the Xavier guard, tripping him up. Holloway hit both free throws to make it 56-50, and Georgia never got closer than four the rest of the way.
Thompkins led Georgia with 14 points.