#9 Butler falls to #6 Xavier 88-69

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Remy Abell scored a career-high 21 points, and No. 6 Xavier recovered from its first loss of the season by beating No. 9 Butler 88-69 on Saturday.

The Musketeers (13-1, 1-1 Big East) were coming off a 95-64 defeat at No. 16 Villanova on Thursday that ended the best start in school history. Xavier led most of the way Saturday, taking control with a 13-1 run in the second half.

Butler (11-3, 0-2) shook up its starting lineup after an 81-73 home loss to No. 12 Providence on Thursday, but the Bulldogs’ high-scoring offense couldn’t get much done against one of the league’s best defenses.

Roosevelt Jones led Butler with 14 points.

It was the most points Butler has allowed this season, and the fewest it has scored.

James Farr added 13 points and ten rebounds for Xavier, which had five players in double figures and shot 56 percent from the field.