Hot-Shooting Xavier Defeats Butler

Kameron Woods (Photo by Zach Bolinger)

After a close first half, visiting Xavier pulled away in the second half to sink Butler, 64-50, in a BIG EAST game at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Tuesday, Feb. 11. The loss drops the Bulldogs to 12-12 on the season and 2-10 in conference.

The visiting Musketeers (17-7, 7-4 BE) shot 53.8% from the field, including 66.7% from beyond the three-point arc, while pulling away to a 24-point lead in the final period.  The final margin was a close as the Bulldogs came in the final fifteen minutes.

Freshman forward Andrew Chrabascz battled with the Musketeers early, posting five points in the first five minutes of regulation, including his second career 3-pointer. Xavier's shooters heated up near the end of the first half and opened the second half on a 17-2 run.

The Musketeers finished the night shooting 52.9% from the floor, including 46.2% from 3-point range. 

Xavier was boosted by guard Semaj Christon, who finished with 15 points, four rebounds, and three assists.  Center Matt Stainbrook added six points and nine rebounds for the Musketeers.

The Bulldogs attempted a season-high 25 three-pointers,  but connected on only seven to finish 28% from deep. Sophomore guard Kellen Dunham, the fourth-leading scorer in the BIG EAST, finished with two points and three assists, shooting 1-10 from the field.

"That's basketball. There are ups and downs in seasons," said Butler coach Brandon Miller. "You have to be able to handle the good with the bad, and we've had some close games and games that haven't gone our way. We have to keep fighting."

Butler saw strong performances from junior guard Alex Barlow (11 points, two rebounds, two assists) and freshman forward Elijah Brown, who had a team-high 14 points. 

The Bulldogs will continue BIG EAST play at home against #17/#18 Creighton on Thursday, Feb. 13.  That game at Hinkle Fieldhouse will start at 7 p.m.

Contact:  Mike Murtaugh (mmurtaug@butler.edu)