Mark Lyons scored 20 points, including two big free throws with 31 seconds to play, and Xavier beat Fordham 67-59 on Saturday, the Musketeers' 10th straight victory over the Rams.
Dezmine Wells had 13 points and Andre Walker added seven points and 14 rebounds for Xavier (10-5, 1-1 Atlantic 10), which had lost five of six since its brawl with Cincinnati on Dec. 10.
The Musketeers had a 16-point lead over Fordham (7-8, 0-2) with 9:38 to go and saw it get as close as five points, the last time on two free throws by Kervin Bristol with 37 seconds to play.
Lyons was fouled 6 seconds later and made both ends of a 1-and-1 to make it 66-59. After a missed 3-point attempt by Branden Frazier. Wells ended the scoring with a free throw with 16 seconds left.
Frazier had 22 points for the Rams, who came in having won three of four including a home win over No. 22 Harvard. Bryan Smith had 12 points for Fordham and Chris Gaston added 10.
Xavier finished with a 44-31 advantage in rebounding, in...