Xavier’s five-game winning streak was snapped at Butler Tuesday, losing 71-66. Butler (16-14, 7-10, 89th) avenged its earlier loss in front of a near-capacity crowd on senior night. The Musketeers (16-14, 8-9, 101st) were led by Tyrique Jones and Paul Scruggs who each had 13 points in a tightly contested matchup. Butler was led by Kamar Baldwin (24) and “crowd favorite” Paul Jorgenson (19) in scoring for the Bulldogs’ last home game. Xavier is now tied for fourth place in the Big East, and currently holds the tiebreaker over St. John’s. XU will host St. John’s (20-10, 8-9, 49th) Saturday for senior day/regular season finale at 5 PM. TV: FOX Radio: 700 WLW
Quentin Goodin (3) had seven points in the contest (Russo/USA Today).
Xavier was able to come back and hold on to a one point lead to win 70-69 over Butler Sunday. The Musketeers (11-7, 3-2, 74th) were led by Paul Scruggs’ 24 points and Naji Marshall’s 14. Xavier seemed to struggle throughout the game as Butler held a double-digit lead at one time before making late rally. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs (10-7, 1-3, 71st) were led by Kamar Baldwin who scored 14 points. Xavier hopes to continue its winning streak when it faces heavily-favored Villanova (13-4, 4-0, 18th) Friday at 8:30 p.m. in The Pavilion (Philadelphia). TV: FS1 Radio: 700 WLW
Xavier celebrates a one point victory over Butler Sunday afternoon (Elgazzar)
Xavier was able to overcome an early 17 point deficit to beat Georgetown 81-75, Wednesday night. The home victory was simply the best game of the season for the Musketeers. They improve to 10-7 (2-2) and 88th in the RealTimeRPI Power Ratings. Meanwhile the Hoyas fell to 11-5 (1-2) and 87th in the RTR PR. The Muskies needed a quality victory and finally got one thanks to Zach Hankins and 23 points and 10 rebounds for XU. Also, Tyrique Jones had a double-double as well. His 19 points and 10 rebounds helped X maintain the lead over GU. The Musketeers will play Butler (10-6, 1-2, 53rd) at home Sunday at noon. TV: CBS Sports Network Radio: 700 WLW
Xavier celebrated an 81-75 victory over Georgetown (Elgazzar)
College basketball was under way Monday, as the Xavier Musketeers defeated the Butler Bulldogs 62-47. The game was featured during ESPN’s 24-hour college basketball broadcast. Xavier improves to 2-0. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Bearcats easily beat the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils 102-60 to improve to 2-0 as well.