CINCINNATI – Jeff Robinson scored a career-high 22 points in his first start in 19 games and No. 25 Xavier rolled to a 100-62 victory over La Salle on Thursday night.
Tu Holloway, who became the first player in Xavier history with two career triple-doubles with his second on Saturday against Fordham, finished a rebound short of his third. He set a career high with 15 assists to go with 12 points and nine rebounds before leaving with 2:36 left in the game.
Mark Lyons scored 15 points, Jamel McLean had 12 and Kenny Frease and Jay Canty each finished with 10 for the Musketeers (21-6, 12-1), who have won six straight and 13 of 14. Xavier extended its record streak of conference home wins to 39.
Xavier, winner of the last four A-10 regular-season championships, extended its lead to a full game over Temple and two over Richmond with three to play. The Musketeers clinched one of the four byes in the conference tournament.
Tyreek Duren scored 18 points to lead the Explorers (12-16, 4-9), who have lost three straight and four of their last five. They were allowing more points per game (78.7) than any other A-10 team going into the game, while Xavier was leading the league in scoring in conference games (77.2).
Robinson, making his first start since Xavier's non-conference win over Butler on Dec. 9, had six points, a rebound and a blocked shot in the first 4 minutes. He scored 13 points to lead the Musketeers to a 52-20 halftime lead.
The 52 points were the most in any first half since they scored 61 on the way to a 108-70 win over Virginia on Jan. 3, 2008. The half was Xavier's most prolific since the 63-point second half of a 108-60 win over Fordham on Jan. 31, 2010 — the last time Xavier reached triple figures.
Xavier, coming off a sluggish performance in Saturday's 79-72 win over a Fordham team that's winless in conference play, made 11 of its first 14 shots and shot 64 percent (16 of 25) in the first half while leading by as much as 52-18 on a 3-pointer by Holloway with 24 seconds left before halftime. The Musketeers were 15 of 15 on free throws.
La Salle shot 24 percent (6 of 25) in the first half while scoring the fewest points in any half this season.
Robinson tied his career high with a jumper that gave Xavier a 61-23 lead with 17:32 left and he surpassed it with a dunk on the next possession.