No. 8 Xavier beats Cincy in testy affair

The eighth-ranked Xavier Musketeers beat the 53. However, the game will be remembered more for an court brawl in the waning moments of the lopsided contest.

With about 10 seconds remaining, a benches-clearing melee erupted that forced officials to end the game at that point.

Mark Lyons had 19 points and Tu Holloway scored 17 with six assists for Xavier (8-0), which has won eight in a row to open a season for the first time since a nine-game run in 2008-09.

Yancy Gates posted a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Bearcats (5-3), who had won their last five road games dating back to last season.