Isaiah Philmore scored 10 points off the bench for Xavier
(17-7, 7-4 Big East), which shot 52.9 percent from the floor
while limiting the Bulldogs to a 34 percent mark. Dee Davis
scored all nine of his points on three first-half 3-pointers and
handed out a game-high nine assists.
Elijah Brown led Butler (12-12, 2-10) with 14 points in a
reserve role. Alex Barlow added 11 points while leading scorer
Kellen Dunham was held to a season-low two on 1-of-10 shooting,
missing all five of his 3-point tries.
Xavier took the lead for good in the opening minutes and opened
up a 26-16 advantage on Davis' final 3-pointer late in the first
half. The Bulldogs crawled to within four points near the end of
the stanza before the Musketeers took control for good with a
13-0 run that bridged the intermission.
Dunham ended that burst with a basket to cut Butler's deficit to
39-24 five minutes into the second half, but Christon had five
points in a 7-0 surge that made it a 24-point game with 12
minutes to go. The Bulldogs never challenged again in losing for
the 12th time in the last 15 meetings.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Xavier C Matt Stainbrook had a game-high nine
rebounds to help his team post a 34-26 advantage on the glass.
... The teams combined to make 11-of-17 free throws. ... Dunham,
who entered averaging 17.4 points, scored a total of 13 on
4-of-20 shooting in two meetings with Xavier this season.
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