7:00 PM ET, December 23, 2008
Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
CINCINNATI -- The young Butler Bulldogs played way beyond their experience.Sophomore Matt Howard and freshman Gordon Hayward each scored 19 points, and Butler's inexperienced lineup kept its poise and turned back one late Xavier rally after another Tuesday night, beating the Musketeers (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP) 74-65 for a benchmark victory.
• Butler wins for the first time in its last eight meetings with Xavier, handing the Musketeers their first loss in their last 16 home games.
• The Bulldogs won for the first time in their last five tries vs. a ranked team.
• Butler's starters accounted for 67 of the team's 74 points.
-- ESPN research
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||20-57 (.351)||23-53 (.434)|
|3P Made-Attempted||8-20 (.400)||7-24 (.292)|
|FT Made-Attempted||26-33 (.788)||12-22 (.545)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||18 (0/0)||24 (0/0)|
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