Xavier downs Southern Illinois to end skid

Tu Holloway scored 21 points while Mark Lyons doubles to help No. 14 Xavier snap a game skid with an 87-77 victory over Southern Illinois.

The Musketeers (9-3) dropped three in a row in the wake of their infamous fight with Cincinnati on December 10, including losses to Long Beach State and Hawaii that forced them into Sunday's seventh-place game of the Diamond Head Classic.

Lyons totaled 17 points and 10 rebounds, Walker added 13 and 10 and Travis Taylor scored 13 points to help Xavier get back on track.

Xavier made 14 more free throws than Southern Illinois attempted, going 36- of-48 at the stripe.

Dantiel Daniels logged 22 points for the Salukis (3-8), who had given up an average of 58.5 points over their first eight games prior to allowing 84.3 points per contest in their three-game skid at Stan Sheriff Center.