CINCINNATI (AP) - Tu Holloway had his second career triple-double with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lead No. 24 Xavier past Fordham 79-72 on Saturday night.
Mark Lyons added 16 points and Kenny Frease had 14 for the Musketeers (20-6, 11-1 Atlantic 10), who won their fifth straight and 12th in 13 games.
Chris Gaston scored 26 points to lead the Rams (6-18, 0-12), who lost their 14th in a row. Brenton Butler added 21 points, 14 in the second half when he hit four 3-pointers, and Alberto Estwick chipped in 14 for Fordham.
Xavier has reached 20 wins for the sixth consecutive season and 14th in the last 15.
The win gives the Musketeers, who've won the last four regular-season conference championships, a one-game lead over Temple and two-game advantage over Duquesne and Richmond in the A-10 standings with four games to play.
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