Despite dropping two straight, No. 14 Xavier isn't panicking yet because the Musketeers know they'll soon be at full strength.
Tu Holloway who returned from a one-game suspension and finished with 17 points and four assists in Xavier's 68-58 loss to Long Beach State in the opening round of the Diamond Head Classic on Thursday night.
The Musketeers (8-2) had their star point guard back were still without starting guard Mark Lyons, starting forward Dez Wells and reserve Landen Amos. All four were suspended after a bench-clearing brawl Dec. 10 against Cincinnati. Lyons is eligible to return Friday, while Wells and Amos will miss the tournament while serving their four-game penalties.
''We've got competitive kids,'' Musketeers coach Chris Mack said. ''They know it's a long season. We have the ability within 24 hours to feel a lot better about ourselves because of the tournament format. We've got to come out tomorrow night and quickly feel better about ourselves.''
Freshman Michael C...