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Butler 66, Xavier 61

INDIANAPOLIS - Sean McDermott scored 14 points to lead No. 19 Butler to a 66-61 victory over Xavier.

Kamar Baldwin added 11 points and Jordan Tucker scored 10 for the Bulldogs (19-6, 7-5 Big East).

Naji Marshall scored 20 points to lead the Musketeers (16-9, 5-7). Tyrique Jones had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Xavier, his 17th double-double.

Butler shot 47% and Xavier went 44% from the field.

Bulldogs guard Aaron Thompson took an elbow to the head and went to the floor with Butler leading 42-25. He left the game and did not return.

Xavier followed with an 11-0 spurt, delighting a vocal contingent of Musketeers fans. Butler's Derrik Smits finally ended the drought with a basket.

Jordan Tucker's back-to-back 3s helped Bulldogs rebuild their lead to 14 points at 57-43. Xavier closed the gap to 59-53 with 3:11 left. That's as close as Xavier got until Marshall's 3-pointer just before the buzzer.

Butler's Henry Baddley, who was averaging 2.2 points entering the game, hit all three of his 3-point attempts in the first half to finish with nine points.

Butler led 32-23 at halftime.

Leading 27-16, the Bulldogs went more than five minutes without scoring as the Musketeers closed the deficit to 27-23. Butler then scored the final five points of the half.

Associated Press


February 12, 2020

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