In their first game since the Crosstown Shootout, the eighth-ranked Xavier Musketeers were routed 64-42 by unranked Oral Roberts.
Playing without point guard Tu Holloway, shooting guard Mark Lyons or freshman forward Dez Wells, who account for 40 percent of their points and were all serving suspensions for their roles in last week’s bench-clearing brawl, Xavier struggled to put points on the board.
Travis Taylor scored 11 points for Xavier, which lost for only the second time in the last 46 games at the Cintas Center. It was the Musketeers' worst loss at Cintas, which opened for the 2000-01 season, and their worst home loss overall since an 80-49 defeat to La Salle on Jan. 23, 2000 at Cincinnati Gardens.
"We just weren't ourselves today on both offense and defense," XU head coach Chris Mack said during his post-game press conference.
The team will get Holloway back for their opening game against Long Beach State in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii on Thursday. Lyons is suspended for one more game. Wells got a four-game suspension, along with walk-on Landen Amos, still have three more games to serve.
While Xavier suffered its first loss of the season in their first post-Shootout game, the Cincinnati Bearcats have gone 2-0 since their suspensions were handed down with wins over Wright State and Radford.