Xavier beats Temple 57-52 despite missing Davis

Xavier beats Temple 57-52 despite missing Davis
January 10, 2013, 9:13 pm
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Temple forward Jake O'Brien, right, blocks a shot by Xavier guard Landen Amos, center, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in Cincinnati. Temple forward Anthony Lee (3) helps. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)


CINCINNATI (AP) Travis Taylor made two free throws with 11 seconds left, and Xavier ended its longest losing streak in 31 years by beating Temple 57-52 on Thursday night despite missing point guard Dee Davis.

Davis hurt his left wrist in a pile-up with 7:15 left in the first half and went for X-rays. He returned with a minute left and missed two free throws, but got the final rebound.

Xavier (8-6, 1-0 Atlantic 10) wore its special gray uniforms, trying to snap a four-game losing streak. It was the Musketeers' deepest slump since they dropped seven straight during the 1981-82 season.

They held on against Temple (10-4, 0-1), which shot only 33.9 percent (20 of 59) from the field and couldn't overcome an 11-point deficit in the final 8 minutes. Anthony Lee had 15 for the Owls and Scootie Randall added 12.

Semaj Christon had 16 points for Xavier.