Xavier rallies for 72-63 win over Charlotte

JOE KAY AP Sports Writer Published:

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Kenny Frease had a double-double, and Tu Holloway scored 24 points Saturday as Xavier's seniors led a late run for a 72-63 victory over Charlotte that clinched a first-round bye in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

Xavier (19-11, 10-6) trailed by 14 points in the first half, then pulled it out in the end behind its center and point guard. They scored all but two of Xavier's points in a decisive 18-5 run. Frease finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Chris Braswell led Charlotte (13-16, 5-11) with 28 points.

The Musketeers honored Holloway, Frease and graduate student Andre Walker before the game, hoping it would be their last this season at the Cintas Center. The win helped their NCAA tournament chances.

It was bittersweet for Xavier, which is used to cutting down nets after the final game. The Musketeers' streak of five straight A-10 regular-season titles was snapped this season.