Xavier finds shooting touch in blowout at Butler

Posted at 4:58 PM, Feb 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-13 16:58:07-05

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- J.P Macura scored 13 points while Remy Abell and Edmond Sumner had 12 each to lead No. 5 Xavier to a 74-57 rout over Butler on Saturday.

The Musketeers (22-3, 10-3) won for the sixth time in seven games and retained sole possession of second place in the Big East.

Butler (17-8, 6-7) was led by Kelan Martin with 15 points and Andrew Chrabascz added 11 as its three-game winning streak ended.

Xavier rebounded from shooting a season-low 30 percent in Tuesday's loss at Creighton by making 56.9 percent on the road.

After trailing 21-13 midway through the first half, the Musketeers turned the game with four 3-pointers and a three-point play in a 27-6 run that gave them a 40-27 lead.

Butler cut the deficit to 47-39 early in the second half - which later became a seven-point deficit after a replay review gave Kellen Dunham a 3.

The Bulldogs couldn't get closer.

Over the final 31 minutes, the Musketeers looked worthy of their highest ranking in school history.

They scored 61 points during that span while holding the high-scoring Bulldogs to just 26 points as sold out Hinkle Fieldhouse resounded with chants of "Let's Go X" during the final minutes.

For the Bulldogs, it was a dreadful game.

They looked good early, then looked hesitant against Xavier's trapping defense and never got back in sync.

Butler trailed 43-29 at halftime and made two charges in the second half, but Xavier fended off the first with a 9-1 spurt. And when the Bulldogs got within 10 with 9:50 to go, Xavier scored eight straight to seal it.


Dunham continues his ascent on the Bulldogs' career scoring list. After moving from 14th to sixth on the list in the first 23 games this season, Dunham moved passed Lynn Mitchem (1,798) for fifth and within one point of A.J. Graves (1,807) for fourth. Matt Howard is third (1,939) and the only 2,000-point scorers in school history are Chad Tucker (2,321) and Darrin Fitzgerald (2,019).


Xavier was the highest-ranked team to play at Hinkle Fieldhouse since No. 3 DePaul visited Feb. 23, 1981. The Musketeers have won nine of the last 11 in this rivalry and 10 of the last 13 at Hinkle. Xavier has seven road wins, its highest season total since winning eight in 2010-11. None of Musketeers' 22 wins have come by fewer than seven points. Former Indiana prep star Trevon Bluiett had 11 points and four rebounds.


Xavier hosts No. 20 Providence on Wednesday.