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No. 9/10 Butler Bulldogs Drop Game to No. 6/6 Xavier

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The #9/10 Butler Bulldogs dropped their second BIG EAST Conference game of the season on the road on Saturday to the #6/6 Xavier Musketeers. Xavier shot 56.4% from the field to down the visiting Bulldogs, 88-69, at the Cintas Center. The Musketeers utilized five players in double figures to move to 13-1 on the season and 1-1 in BIG EAST play. Redshirt Senior G/F Roosevelt Jones led Butler with 14 points and six assists for Butler, which is now 11-3 (0-2 BIG EAST) on the season.

A late 9-2 run in the first half gave Xavier a 45-35 halftime advantage, but the Bulldogs chipped away at that lead early in the half. A three-pointer by senior G Kellen Dunham with 12:29 to play cut Xavier’s led to just three at 55-52, but the home team would respond with 13 of the next 14 points over the next five minutes to push the lead to 68-53.

Photo: Butler Athletics/Butler vs Xavier
Photo: Butler Athletics/Butler vs Xavier

Butler head coach Chris Holtmann used a new starting lineup that featured Roosevelt Jones, sophomore G Kelan Martin, graduate transfer G Jordan Gathers, graduate transfer F Austin Etherington and sophomore F Tyler Wideman. In addition to Jones and his 14 points, he was joined by four other Bulldogs in double figures. Kelan Martin had 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds, while redshirt junior PG Tyler Lewis (10), junior F Andrew Chrabascz (10) and Dunham (13, 3-of-5 from three-point range) all came off the bench for the first time this season.
Butler shot 39% from the field compared to the 31-of-55 (56.4%) mark for the Musketeers. Xavier held a slight 36-31 rebounding advantage but scored 42 of its point in the paint.

Remy Abell led Xavier with 21 points, including 14 in the first half.

The Bulldogs return to action Tuesday night in Chicago with a BIG EAST match-up against DePaul. The 8 p.m. (Eastern, 7 p.m. Chicago/Central) start will be broadcast on FSN networks throughout the country, including FOX Sports Midwest in Indiana.

Chris Fultz is a senior writer for the Indiana Sports Report and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by Butler Athletics and has full media access. Follow @CafultzISR and the @IndySportsRep on Twitter

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