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Scruggs leads Xavier's comeback for 70-69 win over Butler
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Final Score: BUTLER 69, XAVIER 70
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By Gary Schatz, Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) Paul Scruggs scored 23 points while leading another big Xavier comeback, and Naji Marshall made a free throw with 3.2 seconds left, sending the Musketeers to a 70-69 victory over Butler on Sunday.

Down by 10 points with 4 minutes left, the Musketeers (11-7, 3-2 Big East) went on a closing 16-5 run that featured Scruggs' fifth 3-pointer, a career high. Scruggs moved to the point guard spot with Quentin Goodin injured and had eight rebounds and six assists in 40 minutes.

Butler (10-7, 1-3) led by 12 points early in the second half and by 10 at the final media timeout, but managed only two baskets and a free throw the rest of the way. With the score tied 69-69, Paul Jorgensen missed a 3-point shot, giving Xavier its final chance.

Marshall was fouled while driving to the basket with 3.2 seconds left, missed the first free throw and made the second. Butler's Kamar Baldwin came up short on a 3-point shot at the buzzer and finished with 18 points.

The Musketeers overcame a 17-point deficit and beat Georgetown 81-75 at the Cintas Center on Wednesday. Goodin also missed that game with an injured right knee, forcing Scruggs to move to the point for the entire game.


Butler: The Bulldogs came in allowing only 66.8 points per game, second-best in the Big East, but couldn't hold down Xavier as their lead slipped away in the closing minutes.

Xavier: The Musketeers overcame another round of poor 3-point shooting. They make only 32 percent from beyond the arc and went 7 of 28 on Sunday. Scruggs was 5 of 8, the rest of the team 2 of 20. Kyle Castlin made his only 3-pointer of the game during the closing run.


Butler: Plays at DePaul on Wednesday, the second of three straight road games for the Bulldogs.

Xavier: Plays at Villanova on Friday. Villanova has won four straight and 10 of 11 in the series.


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