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11/13/2012 7:13 PM EST
Xavier rolls to 62-47 victory over Butler
XAVIER 62, BUTLER 47

By MARK SCHMETZER
Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) -- No returning starters? Only eight scholarship
players? Picked to finish ninth in the 16-team Atlantic 10? No
problem for the Xavier Musketeers.



That was the message Jeff Robinson and his teammates wanted to
deliver on national television Tuesday. They made their point.
Robinson scored 17 points, and Travis Taylor added 15 and nine
rebounds to help Xavier beat cold-shooting Butler 62-47.



"We aren't underdogs," Robinson said. "People think we're not
going to have as good of a season, but this is a great group of
guys."



They convinced Butler coach Brad Stephens.



"Hats off to Xavier," Stephens said. "Xavier was the better
team. They were the better team, they had better players, they
were better-coached. I see them having a great year. I laughed
at that whole ninth-place thing. I thought that was pretty
silly."



Justin Martin added 10 points for Xavier (2-0), and Dee Davis
led a defensive effort that limited Butler (1-1) to a 36.5
shooting percentage (19 of 52), including 25 percent (7 of 28)
in the second half.



Davis scored nine points while helping hold Butler guard Rotnei
Clarke to seven points after he scored 21 in Butler's
season-opening 74-59 victory over Elon on Saturday.



"I'm tired," Davis said. "He's a great player. I watched a lot
of film and pushed through every ball screen."



Xavier focused on pushing the Bulldogs' shooters off the 3-point
line, coach Chris Mack said, which led to Butler making just 4
of 18 from beyond the arc.



"The difference in the game was we gave them no open looks on
3-pointers," Mack said. "Dee did a really good job of not losing
any concentration throughout."



"It takes a lot of focus and attention to detail to do what he
did for (35) minutes," Stephens added. "It might've taken away
from his offensive game a little bit. It can wear on a guy to
chase those guys all over the place."



Xavier shot 50 percent (23 of 46), never trailed and led by 20
points late in the game, but Mack wasn't sure if that was
because his Musketeers were trying to make a point.



"I don't know if it was a statement game as much as it was,
`We'd better be ready or we're going to get it handed to us,"'
Mack said. "You know (Butler's) going to battle you
tooth-and-nail."



Freshman Kellen Dunham led Butler with 11 points. Andrew Smith
added nine points, all in 15 minutes of the first half after
going scoreless in Butler's opener.



Playing before a crowd of 9,876 that showed up at the
10,250-seat Cintas Center for the rare late-afternoon weekday
game, Xavier improved its overall record against Butler to
31-16. The Musketeers have won 10 of the last 12 games against
the Bulldogs, including the last three.



Even though both teams are in the Atlantic 10, the game was not
a conference matchup, because it was scheduled before Butler
joined the A-10 this season. The teams are scheduled to meet in
their regular-season finale March 9 in what will count as a
conference game.



"We'll see if we can make up any ground in the next four
months," Stephens said.



Robinson, who scored 16 points in Xavier's 117-75 season-opening
victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday, had 12 points in the
first half as the Musketeers built a 32-18 lead before settling
for a 36-29 halftime advantage. Xavier never trailed after
Robinson sank a 17-foot jumper to snap 9-9 tie with 12:47 left
in the first half. The Bulldogs made just one of their first 10
shots in the second half, allowing the Musketeers to open a
46-33 lead.



"My teammates were feeling me the ball in the right positions
and encouraging me to shoot," Robinson said.

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