Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Mark Lyons scored 22 points and Dezmine Wells added 12 in his college debut to help No. 14 Xavier open the regular season with a 74-63 victory over Morgan State on Friday night. Kenny Frease had 10 points before fouling out with 4:21 left. Xavier overcame the absence of its top player, suspended senior guard Tu Holloway, to win its 22nd consecutive regular-season opener. They are 12-0 in season-openers at the Cintas Center, where they will play their first four games of the season. Kevin Thompson scored 14 points, 10 in the second half, and DeWayne Jackson and Justin Black each added 11 for Morgan State. Jackson scored all but one of his points in the first half. Xavier's Brad Radford, a 3-point specialist who missed all of last season because of a torn ligament in his left knee, made two 3-pointers in the second half and finished with six points. Holloway, a third-team All-American and the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year last season, was suspended for one game by the NCAA for p...
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