Mar 10, 2012; Atlantic City, NJ, USA; Xavier Musketeers guard Tu Holloway (52) strips ball from Saint Louis Billikens guard Kwamain Mitchell (3) during the second half in the semifinals of the 2012 Atlantic 10 Tournament at Boardwalk Hall. Xavier Musketeers defeat the Saint Louis Billikens 71-64. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
AP Sports Writer
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Tu Holloway scored 21 points and Kenny Frease grabbed a big rebound and made two late free throws as Xavier advanced to the Atlantic 10 Conference title game with a 71-64 victory over Saint Louis on Saturday.
Freshman Dezmine Wells added 18 points and Mark Lyons had 14 for the third-seeded Musketeers (21-11), who will face fourth-seeded St. Bonaventure (19-11) Sunday for the league's automatic NCAA berth. The Bonnies beat eighth-seeded Massachusetts 84-80 in the first semifinal at Boardwalk Hall.
Xavier, which has been to six straight NCAA tournaments, won the earlier meeting this season 77-64.
Brian Conklin had 14 points for Saint Louis (25-7), which certainly will get its first NCAA bid since Rick Majerus became coach in 2007-08. The
Billikens were last in the tournament in 2000.
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