Xavier hangs on in double OT

CINCINNATI -- The Atlantic 10 has had one of the most exciting seasons of any conference, and today's battle for first place fit right into that trend.

Terrell Holloway scored 11 of his 24 points after regulation -- including Xavier's first seven points of the second overtime -- as the Musketeers nipped No. 24 Richmond 78-76.

The Spiders were hard to stomp out, and even though they trailed 77-72 in the second OT, they had a chance to tie on the final play. After inbounding with 3.1 seconds left, Justin Harper drove into the lane. But his difficult reverse layup attempt didn't draw iron and Xavier escaped.

The Musketeers now sit alone in first place in the A-10, at least until the end of Temple's game against LaSalle. Xavier won today because of Holloway's late heroics and its inside game, which helped the Musketeers win the rebounding battle by a 47-35 margin.

Richmond showed it's for real as well, hanging tough in perhaps the league's toughest road environment and continually fighting back from adversity.