Xavier blows putback in thrilling finish vs. Saint Joseph’s (Video)

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Saint Joseph’s pulled out a 58-57 win over Xavier in the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament Thursday in a game that featured a thrilling finish.

Hawks junior guard Langston Galloway made two free throws to give his team the lead with 1.4 seconds left. Xavier then took the ball out from under its basket and threw a pass the length of the court. The ball went off the backboard and was picked up by junior forward Isaiah Philmore, who narrowly missed a putback that would have given the Muskateers the win.

Xavier is now 17-14 and might be done for the season, while Saint Joseph’s improves to 18-12.

Tu Holloway After Xavier-Cincinnati Fight: We Are a Whole Bunch of Gangsters

Saturday’s Cincinnati-Xavier game ended early when the teams got into a massive fight (watch video here). You may have thought the all-out brawl was the most embarrassing aspect of the game, not to mention the punch thrown by Yancy Gates, but that may not be the case. It turns out that the comments made by senior guard Tu Holloway after the game were pretty awful as well.

“We got disrespected a little bit before the game,” Holloway explained. “Guys calling us out. We’re a tougher team. We’re grown men over here. We got a whole bunch of gangsters in our locker room. Not thugs, but tough guys on the court. We went out there and zipped em up at the end of the game. That’s our motto — zip ‘em up.”

Tu was suspended one game. Three of his teammates were also suspended. Holloway apologized for his comments Sunday, but his explanation was equally questionable.

“I idolize guys like Kevin Garnett and Ray Lewis and things like that,” he said. “I love what they stand for in their sports and on the field and that’s what I was trying to say after the game as far as the way I played and the way my teammates played on the court.”

Garnett is one of the biggest trash-talkers in the NBA, so I think his point was that his team has a tough mentality. He sure had an awful way of saying so. Here is a video of his regrettable comments from Saturday:

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Video: Xavier and Cincinnati Fight Ends Game Early

The Musketeers and Bearcats took the court on Saturday with every intention of proving who the better college team was in the city of Cincinnati. Little did we know, basketball would not be enough to settle the score. Xavier blew Cincinnati out, 76-53, but the big story was a brawl broke out that resulted in the game being called with 9.4 seconds left. Here is the Xavier-Cincinnati fight video:

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