CINCINNATI (AP) - Mark Lyons made two free throws with 3.4
seconds left, and Xavier held on to beat Butler 51-49 Thursday
night and extend the nation's second-longest home-court streak to
28 games, tying the school record.
The Musketeers (6-2) haven't lost at the Cintas Center since
Butler (4-4) pulled off an upset two years ago. The Bulldogs had a
chance to end the streak in the final minute.
Ronald Nored missed a pair of free throws with 32.2 seconds to
go, then fouled Lyons on an inbound play. Butler's Shelvin Mack
missed a 3 at the buzzer.
Kenny Frease led Xavier with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Matt
Howard had 17 for Butler. The Bulldogs went 13:15 without a field
goal in the first half, but never trailed by more than 10.