Xavier rebounds, blows out Butler


• NO. 6 XAVIER 88, NO. 9 BUTLER 69: The Musketeers got beyond their first loss with another dominant performance. Remy Abell scored a career-high 21 points Saturday in Cincinnati, and Xavier sent the Bulldogs to their most lopsided defeat in two seasons.

The Musketeers (13-1, 1-1 Big East) were coming off a 95-64 loss 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.

"We just wanted to play our type of game," said Trevon Bluiett, who had 13 points. "At Villanova, we got away from that. Our main point today was to get back to the way things were, to get back on track."

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

• NO. 5 VIRGINIA 77, NOTRE DAME 66: Anthony Gill scored seven of his 14 first-half points during a 21-4 run and the host Cavaliers (12-1) beat the Irish (9-4) in the ACC opener for both teams. Malcolm Brogdon led Virginia with 24 points, Gill had 21 and Mike Tobey had his second consecutive big game off the bench with 15 points and six rebounds.

• NO. 13 MIAMI (FLA.) 64, SYRACUSE 51: Sheldon McClellan scored 22 points, Ja'Quan Newton made two big three-pointers in the second half to kickstart an offense that was dreadful for most of the game, and the host Hurricanes (12-1, 1-0 ACC) pulled away. The Orange (10-5) is 0-2 in conference play for the first time since the 1998-99 season.

• NO. 7 NORTH CAROLINA 86, GEORGIA TECH 78: Joel Berry scored a career-high 19 points and hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 5:07 left as the host Tar Heels (13-2, 2-0 ACC) beat the Yellow Jackets (10-4, 0-1).

• NO. 10 KENTUCKY 83, MISSISSIPPI 61: Tyler Ulis had 20 points and 10 assists and the host Wildcats (11-2) blew out the Rebels (10-3) in their SEC opener.

• NO. 15 DUKE 81, BOSTON COLLEGE 64: Brandon Ingram had 25 points and nine rebounds to lead the Blue Devils (12-2) past the host Eagles (7-7) in the ACC opener for both schools.

• NO. 17 SMU 72, SOUTH FLORIDA 58: The Mustangs (13-0, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) continued the best start in school history by winning in Larry Brown's first home game of the season. The veteran coach missed nine games due to an NCAA suspension.

• NO. 19 WEST VIRGINIA 87, KANSAS STATE 83 (2OT): Tarik Phillip hit a floater with 4.5 seconds left in the second overtime and the Mountaineers (12-1) toughed out a victory over the host Wildcats (10-3) in the Big 12 opener for both.

• TEXAS TECH 82, TEXAS 74: Devaugntah Williams' 23 points led the Red Raiders (11-1) to their first Big 12 home-opening victory since 2007. Texas Tech has won 10 games in a row. The Longhorns (8-5) got 35 points from Isaiah Taylor.

• NORTH DAKOTA 79, EASTERN WASHINGTON 71: Geno Crandall scored seven of his 15 points in the final three minutes and added a key block to help the host Fighting Hawks (6-7, 1-1 Big Sky) hang on.


• MINNESOTA DULUTH 85, CONCORDIA (ST. PAUL) 83 (OT): Taylor Lavery made all three free throws when he was fouled on an attempted three in overtime, followed that with a layup and the host Bulldogs (9-3, 6-1 NSIC) held off the Golden Bears (3-9, 0-6). Lavery finished with 29 points.

• MINNESOTA STATE MANKATO 86, ST. CLOUD STATE 71: Jon Fuqua had 19 points and nine rebounds and the Mavericks (10-2, 5-1 NSIC) beat the host Huskies (5-8, 2-5).

• BETHEL 107, MACALESTER 95: Kyle Von schmidt-Pau scored 22 points and the host Royals (8-1, 3-1 MIAC) held off the Scots (3-7, 1-4), who made 18 three-pointers on 31 attempts. Bethel shot 66.7 percent from the floor.

• ST. THOMAS 89, HAMLINE 70: Taylor Montero had 24 points and seven rebonds, Grant Shaeffer added 13 points and nine assists and the host Tommies (8-1, 3-1 MIAC) used a 15-0 run to topple the Pipers (3-6, 1-3).

• ST. JOHN'S 81, ST. MARY'S 68: Alex Schmitt scored 23 points and the host Johnnies (9-1, 4-1) overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to pull away from the Cardinals (4-5, 2-3).



• NORTHERN STATE 60, WINONA STATE 55: The Wolves (9-3, 5-2 NSIC) held the host Warriors (13-1, 6-1) to 34.5 percent shooting and ended their school-record 13-game winning streak. Northern State leads the all-time series 58-10.