No. 21 Butler Survives Xavier 69-68

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Gordon Hayward grabbed a loose ball and made a layup with 1.2 seconds left on the clock, giving No. 21 Butler a 69-68 victory over Xavier on Saturday.

The game then ended when officials ruled the clock had inadvertently stopped with about 14 seconds to go during the possession. The remaining time was run off, taking away Xavier's last chance and Musketeers coach Chris Mack waved his hand in disgust at the officials.

Hayward finished with 22 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulldogs (8-3).

Xavier (6-4) was led by former Indiana Hoosier Jordan Crawford with 20 points.

The Musketeers led most of the second half, but in the final 30 seconds, the Bulldogs missed two 3s and nearly turned the ball over before Hayward grabbed the loose ball and put it for the winner - a basket that almost was wiped out itself.


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