Short-handed Xavier routed by Oral Roberts

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Oral Roberts' Steven Roundtree dunks against No. 8 Xavier, which was missing three starters because of suspension.  AL BEHRMAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Oral Roberts' Steven Roundtree dunks against No. 8 Xavier, which was missing three starters because of suspension.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Dominique Morrison scored 19 points Sunday, leading Oral Roberts to a 64-42 victory over previously unbeaten and eighth-ranked Xavier, which couldn’t do much with three of its starters suspended.

The Musketeers (8-1) didn’t have point guard Tu Holloway, shooting guard Mark Lyons or freshman forward Dez Wells, who account for 40 percent of their points. The trio was suspended for a brawl eight days earlier against crosstown rival Cincinnati.

The depleted lineup couldn’t get in sync or keep up with the experienced Golden Eagles (8-4), who start three seniors and two juniors.

Travis Taylor scored 11 points for Xavier.

Xavier had the week off since its 76-53 win over Cincinnati, a game that was called with 9.4 seconds left when the brawl broke out. Each team suspended four players.

NO. 9 CONNECTICUT 77,

HOLY CROSS 40

In Hartford, Conn., freshman Andre Drummond scored a season-high 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Connecticut extended its home winning streak to 40 games against nonconference opponents.

Alex Oriakhi added 15 points and Shabazz Napier had 13 assists for Connecticut (9-1).

R.J. Evans had 15 points for the Crusaders (4-7).

NO. 10 MISSOURI 94,

WILLIAM & MARY 56

In Columbia, Mo., sixth-man Michael Dixon scored a career-high 30 points and Missouri is off to its best start in two decades.

Missouri (11-0) jumped to a 19-0 lead over the Tribe, who missed their first eight shots while committing five fouls and 10 turnovers and didn’t score until nearly 12 minutes into the game. William & Mary (2-9) made just five first-half baskets.

Kim English added 17 points for Missouri.

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GEORGIA 63, SOUTHERN CAL 59

In Los Angeles, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 21 points and hit a key late 3-pointer to help Georgia beat Southern California in a rare West Coast appearance for the Bulldogs.

Caldwell-Pope, a freshman, hit four 3-pointers, and Gerald Robinson scored 17 points for Georgia (5-5), which snapped a four-game losing skid.

The Bulldogs, one of worst-shooting teams in the nation, shot a season-high 51 percent. They made 9 of 13 3-pointers.

Alexis Moore scored 18 points to lead Southern Cal (4-7), while Maurice Jones had 11.

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