Postgame: #22 Butler Bulldogs defeat Xavier 88-79

The Dawgs add another big road win to their regular season schedule as they take the W over rival Xavier in Cincinnati. In what turned out to be a tight game with tons of lead changes, Butler pulled it out in the end.

 

The Bulldogs were led offensively by Kelan Martin, who scored 25 points coming off of the bench. Martin also had seven rebounds in the contest. He seems to have settled into his role as a high scoring bench player for the Dawgs.

 

Andrew Chrabascz was in on the action for the Dawgs as well, scoring 11 points, and dropping six dimes. The senior forward is adept at getting to the rim and easily twists through the lane to drop in turnaround shots at the basket.

 

Kamar Baldwin also had a big game for Butler. The freshman star had 17 points, five rebounds, and three assists, in another complete performance. His highlight of the game came in the second half in which he crashed to the rim to grab the rebound, got fouled, and threw in a backwards no look layup for an and-one. This young man can play.

 

The Musketeers would not go down easily though. Trevon Bluiett kept Xavier in the game, knocking down threes, midrange jumpers and getting to the rim. The Xavier star had 21 points, five rebounds, and three assists.

 

J.P. Macura had a huge game for Xavier, scoring 17 points on 63% shooting. He also had two steals.

 

The story of the game was (surprisingly) Butler’s perimeter defense. Guards Kamar Baldwin and Kethan Savage combined for nine steals and it felt like Xavier couldn’t make a post entry pass to save their lives. Those two seemed to deflect almost every pass that the Musketeers attempted, which gave them easy transition layups.

 

This is Xavier’s fifth loss in a row, the programs first stretch of five losses in decades. On the other hand, Butler has won four straight, and are looking to close out their regular season with a home win against Seton Hall on this upcoming Saturday.

 

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Jackson Borman
I am from St. Louis, Missouri, and Butler University's Class of 2020. I played Basketball at Lindbergh High School, but because of my 5'10" wingspan and even lower shooting percentage, I've decided to stick to writing.

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